“This is smart and interesting music. Modern jazz with a very open perspective.
The three artists meet for a wonderful journey through the land of music, touching on a number of musical influences through their compositions, and adding joyous improvisations welcoming other cultures and people and sounds into their idiom. The music is genre-bending, with little tunes and compositions that sound vaguely familiar, as if taken from our common unconscious and reformated into something more modern and exciting.” Stef Gijssels, january 2019 Free jazz Blog (****1/2)
The sound of the trio is almost like their presence itself, deeply human. Together, they create a unique music world in which we can trip through time amid our own emotions”. Sightsong, Japan, december 2018
“The perpetual challenge of reconciling the embraceable passages with those more abrupt and acerbic is a limitless source of fun and intrigue.”Birth is the worm, Dave Sumner, U.S.A. december 2018.
Ellery Eskelin on tenor, Guillermo Celano on guitar, Clemens van der Feen on bass and Marcos Baggianion drums.
“Les Indignés is so beautifully complex that it could be described in language a sommelier may use. There are moments of wistfulness that sit apart from grooves and occasional free blowing and shredding guitar. Some of the ironies that are baked into the composition titles, play themselves out in the paradoxical paths the music follows. As that sommelier might say, the music breathes with life”.
KARL ACKERMANN, may 2016, All About Jazz.
…“Les Indignés, like splashing Tabasco sauce on Dutch herring… mouth-watering and ear-pleasing shapes”…
Ken Waxman, New York City Jazz Record. March 2017
“A CD that Largely meets all the expectations of a jubilee CD and certainly will be one of the most interesting jazz releases of 2016. The music never loses its heat , impressionistic collective passages are followed by powerful solos”.
Cyriel Pluimakers, Jazzenzo, march 2016.
“Their blend of diverse styles brims with suspense… The music tells a vivid story without any words. Enjoy!”
Jan Willem Broek, march 2016, subjectivist. nl
“You listen, as it were with the musicians, discovering what is possible in all within this combination of world-class musical personalities”
Herman te Loo, JazzFlits No 255, march 2016.
About our fifth album “Erasing Borders” Trytone records 2015 | www.trytone.org
“Erasing Borders, seven Celano compositions reflecting the human and ecological consequences of our lifestyle. Unlike obvious musical propagandists like Phil Ochs or Frederic Rzewski, Celano doesn’t use lyrics or melodrama to make his point. Instead his writing is concerned with nuance and suggestion”.
Ken Waxman, New York City Jazz Record. May 2016
“Celano spices his cohesive compositions with stylistic quirks, creating intensely melodic and refreshing frameworks for improvisation – a rare gift…”Amsterdamse Chacarera” mixes chacarera with Dutch new jazz – Argentine melancholy and nuevo tango make for a surging apotheosis of dance”…
The Wire. Andy Hamilton, United Kingdom, july 2015
“A volcano that erupts over and over again, mother nature constantly exploding into new forms.
Replace the volcano with music and you get the same effect, at least if you listen to CBG: the Celano/Baggiani Group.
Erasing Borders is an amalgam of different styles, which are connected by the far-reaching improvisational art of the four performers. Without exaggeration, you may call the C.B.G. a “star line-up”.
JazzNu, Rinus van der Heijden, Nederland, juny 2015
“The group plays with all the codes of modernity bypassing its cumbersome signifiers and they enjoy a freedom of tone that one can nothing but praise: Their mix of rock/impro/jazz pleased the ears because of its substantial content and because they never loose the essence of the matter”
ImproJazz (France) – David Cristol – Sept 2014
“Erasing Borders is C.B.G.’s fifth album, and testament to their maturity as a unit”….
Dalston Sound, Tim Owen, United Kingdom, july 2015.
“Impetuous jazz with an statement… Imaginative, with compositions influenced by improv and displaying the individual qualities of the quartet”.
Jazzenzo, Nederlands, june 2015 by Erno Elsinga.
“This is both Argentine and Amsterdam music, that much is clear… “Erasing Borders” is a varied album, with heavy grooves, rough tenor saxophone solos and electronic pedals violence alongside graceful, playful and funny moments”.
Herman te Loo, JazzFlits, Nederland, June 2015.
North Sea Jazz Composition assignment 2013
Live at Bimhuis – Jazz ****
“From almost unfathomable abysmal orgy to peaceful interaction…”
Jan Jasper Tamboer – Het Parool – 12/7/13
Live at Lantaren Venster – Jazz ****
“The best jazz composers create the most beautiful music on the spot.
Guitarist Celano is the winner of the North sea jazz composition assignment this year… Celano has a subtle, singing guitar sound and his compositions shine in their kindness.
His ten year old band with drummer Marcos Baggiani recently changed the lineup… New are bassist Clemens van der Feen and Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst and It appears as a golden combination.
Celano writes tight. In most of the pieces there is a strange bridge, break, melodic quirk, rhythmic delay or acceleration, making his band members and the audience pay full attention to the music.
The music hosts an incredible freedom in the compositions, leaving enough space for the band members to express their idiosyncratic and intriguing ways of making music. The tension keeps you through out the concert at the edge of your seat…”
Tim Sprangers – de Volkskrant – 12 july 2013
Music Kitchen 2011
C.B.G Featuring Michael Moore, Ellery Eskelin and Sylvie Courvoisiser.
Live at the Bimhuis, oct 2011
“(C/B Group) is able to steer their music in such a way that a transition from ballad to hard rock feels completely natural. They mix structure with improvisation and have proven to be very good at it, in a sense that they connect virtuosity and musical knowledge with adventurousness. On one improvisation the C/B Group was leading the herd, it was fantastic: build up like thieves in the night, sneaking into a house – once inside and out of view they go completely wild, turning everything upside down, leaving a mess behind.”
Maartje den Breejen. Het Parool, 14/10 2011
“Exciting and very musical cutting edge impro music… Celano’s tasteful and harmonious accompaniment using beautifully spacious chords, evoking an almost cinematic sound…add to that the modest though accurate bass playing of Schuster and the varied drum play of Baggiani and the result is a remarkably musical and subtle rhythm-section for the most qualitative impro music…
This meeting was very successful…a real feast! Celano’s compositions were the perfect basis for the lyrical performance of Michael Moore and Ellery Eskelin as well as the intensive piano playing of Sylvie.”
Draai om je oren, Jacques Los. 24 oktober 2011
Live at Paradox
“…the intensity blew everyone away from the very start. The colorful compositions of the Celano/Baggiani Group were intrinsically humorous. The sextet found themselves on the same wavelength almost immediately and at times things really came together creating many goose bump moments…
The delighting contrasts in timbre of Moore and Eskelin, the well tuned tandem Courvoisier-Eskelin, the energizing rhythms of Baggiani, Celano’s broad palette of techniques and timbres; all these characteristics transformed the concert into a great musical night, a success!!”
Tim Sprangers – Volkskrant. Live at Paradox. 7 oktober 2011
“Alienology” Trytone records 2010 | http://www.trytone.org
Ken Vos – Jazzism, may/june 2011
Emblematic of New Dutch Swing, the group boasts a mercurial
mélange of styles that is as diverse as the ethnic backgrounds of its
personnel….Celano and Baggiani’s respective knack for integrating multiple genres into a cohesive writing style facilitates a wide spectrum of sonic possibilities.
With their first decade now behind them, Celano and Baggiani have
demonstrated persistent creativity worthy of greater acclaim. Alienology is an exceptional offering of sophisticated modern jazz and a noteworthy album by any measure.
Troy Collins – pointofdeparture – Issue 35 – USA, June 2011
free jazz; full of beautiful fragments thanks to the fine grooves of M.
Baggiani, excellent team work of the reeds (M. Moore and G. Benitez) and sofisticated accompaniment of G. Celano.
“The aliens seem to have landed in the heads of the Celano Baggiani Group whom thankfully used their influence for they have created a new science. Let’s hope that this ‘new science’ will give us many more splendid albums like this one”.
Jazzenzo, Rinus van der Heijden. Nederland, 13 januari 2011
quintet with a surprisingly clear sound”
Mischa Andriessen – Jazzmozaïek 3/2011 – Wilrijk-Antwerpen, Belgium
Alienology has the unusual merit of being unclassifiable. It proposes
another mindset, another connection between the music and the listener … a powerful intergalactic trip. (4stars).
Marcos Maggi – Cuadernos de Jazz – Spain, junio 2011
deux Argentins d’Amsterdam, dans notre Vitrine d’avril 2009. Voici une nouvelle réalisation très soignée, tant par la qualité de l’écriture que par celle de l’interprétation, de l’équilibre des instruments et du son d’ensemble. Contrastes, alliages originaux, finesse et subtilité, sans parler des espaces où chacun apporte sa voix soliste, en particulier celle du toujours remarquable Michael Moore qui trouve ici un cadre parfaitement propice à son jeu.
Jean Buzelin – culture jazz – France, june 2011
improvisations, catchy and sometimes exotic themes, inspired solos and a nice combination of muscle and refinement. This is simply a very good record.
The CBG puts your fantasy to work from the beginning of the album
to the end. …the Group also displays a powerjazz where you can
Jazzism. Eddy Determeyer – Nederland – November 2011.
Oh, this is free jazz of the highest order!
‘Alienology’ is an adventure that you as a listener, thrilling of excitement, wantto share…The CD offers plenty of variety, the refinement makes room to heavy rock and everything falls into place within turbulent improvisations.
CBG can effortlessly switch over from shocking freejazz sounds to
knocking rock. This fourth album is chock-full of strong moments made by all members separately and jointly.
Gonzo Circus. Arjan van Sorge – Belgium – (juni 2011).
“…They offer a sophisticated music, fine, charming, melodious and open, where any aggression is banned. The compositions, refined, subtle and open, are magnified by the sensitive and joyful playing of the guitarist, and enriched by the presence of the great clarinet (and sax-alto) Michael Moore, who brings much more than his experience; his counter-melodies and songs are a delight to follow”.
“Nothing changes is their third album. The musical contribution of the different members is mixed in a refined and harmonic way”.
Download JazzFlits at: www.jazzflits.nl/jazzflits7.02.pdfLive at Bimhuis 18/9/08 “The quartet of Amsterdam-based Argentinians Guillermo Celano and Marcos Baggiani played a beautiful set… like the tune No Moe from Sonny Rollins that was vividly deconstructed or the wonderful poetic version of the old (film) hit Ojos Verdes from 1929 with a very tasteful string and pedal playing of Celano.”
“Simple Songs is a very mature CD”…. “A strong nostalgic atmosphere rich in sounds and colours”….”the guitar plays open and long chords opening different spaces”…”With a little bit of distorsion during the solos Celano can cut through and been lirical at the same time; he can fly out of the tonality and come back with the right timing”….
La Nacion. Buenos Aires, Argentine.
08-2008“A few beautiful original tunes and a couple of well known tunes. G. Celano’s and Michael Moore’s ideas have made a refreshing and pleasing oasis of this album”
Esteban Sehinkman, El intruso. Buenos Aires March 2007.Concert Review:
…….”The Celano Baggiani Group left us astonished. This quartet built around a guitarist and a drummer from Argentina begins from simple melodic ideas. From there it grows slowly towards a whole exciting and complex music, which at the same time remains still melodic”.
KindaMuzik: Sven Schlijper; Live at Paradox, Tilburg 24 September.
“Figuras” BAU records 2004