Dusty Groove America review:
Beautiful sounds from pianist Antonio Figura – a player who's got a great sense of space here, and who really knows how to keep us waiting breathlessly for each new note! Figura's definitely of the Bill Evans school, but also has a more modern approach too – one that draws from a real 21st Century take on jazz piano – that sense of flow, and almost blocks of sound that we love in some other contemporary pianists too. We last heard Antonio on Schema records, but this set is far more personal and poetic – thanks to some key moments with guests Cleveland Watkiss on vocals and Rosario Giuliani on alto.
“Strong Place New York trio” review from the jazz magazine "Musica Jazz" signed by the journalist Piacentino:
"The thirty-nine years old Figura is a pianist with very specific characteristics and a defined personality, which in this wonderful album is fully manifested. First of all, he works for subtraction and with a sense of space like a zen garden, and with a marked emphasis of silence. In this sense, the bop piano style seems not to have left few traces in his aesthetic world, where rather was found other influences: Paul Bley, who is perhaps the most obvious reference, then Bill Evans and, further back, Teddy Wilson. In addition, the improvisations uses scraps of melodic phrases and contains a strong propensity towards chords played with both hands, as in Buenos Aires 1952, perhaps the only song where the theme is more easily discernible. In fact, the intense charm of this music occurs in the vagueness of his poetry, which is made of soft colors and is directed to an inner urge, with the rhythm just implied. Bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Kendrick Scott give a contribution more intense then it seems at the first listening. With a pianist of this temperament, however, the discretion was an inevitable aesthetic choice.
Strong Place New York trio is recommended by the magazine "Musica Jazz"
"A Fantastic debut from an inspiring Artist"
"Antonio knows how to exploit the dynamics qualities of the piano, and he honours he space between the notes. He's achieved a truly timeless trio sound that really gives your imagination space to wander. His trio both play with empathy and unleash he fire when necessary, and the high production values on this record also make it a real aural treat"
"The quality of Italian melody joins with the harmonic language and aesthetics of American and European jazz, the traditions of classical music, and influences from elsewhere in the new musical spectrum, to form the expressive and original musical voice."
William Lenihan - Director of jazz department of Washington University, St. Louis
"Simply great pianist, simply a great trio".....
"Antonio Figura is an eclectic musician. His style is distinguished by lyricism and virtuosity that define him as one of the talents of the contemporary European jazz scene".
Max de Tomassi - National Radio 1 Rai