Daniele Gottardo & The Nuts is a hybrid jazz-rock trio, featuring Matteo Checcoli on bass and Giuseppe Risitano on drums. Their sound is a celebration of both languages, and an exploration of mixed repertoire. Though rock and jazz are often perceived as very different from each other, there are several points in common, and that is where The Nuts build the foundation of their virtuosic, intellectual, yet raw and powerful sound.
Their debut record, Giant Nuts, includes an original piece, the reckless and impudent “Vegan Fitness,” two rock covers, and several traditional jazz standards interpreted and arranged non-traditionally. The Nuts blend disparate elements in surprising, often hilarious ways, yet there is always continuity, the essence of their sound. A nod to Nirvana quotes French 20th Century composer Erik Satie, and the Russian folk tune most associated with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is interwoven with “Milestones.”