Boom! Italian Jazz Soundtracks At Their Finest (19

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Label: DECCA
Catalog: 0922712
Format: CD

The compilation you now hold in your hands has been conceived like a stream of sound, a voyage of discovery carefully compiled from hundreds of soundtracks from the golden age of Italian jazz contained in the CAM Sugar archive. 33 tracks that go beyond music to tell the story of Italian cinema, society and its distinctive style and charm. A genre that, even with echoes of Californian be-bop, crime jazz or bossa nova, still sounds surprisingly original and Mediterranean, elegant and seductive, either with joyful highlights (the scat of I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni or of I 4+4 di Nora Orlandi) or with enigmatic and almost dramatic nuances ("La Strega In Amore" by Luis Bacalov, "Il Batticuore" by Marcello Gigante). The compilation also offers a valuable insight into the Italian jazz scene of the time, with a number of impressive soloists such as Gianni Basso (saxophone) and Oscar Valdambrini (trumpet), two Piedmontese who worked for the RAI Television Orchestra conducted by Armando Trovajoli; like Nunzio Rotondo (trumpet), a legendary and elusive figure who had a special relationship with Piero Piccioni; or like Enrico Rava (trumpet), Franco D'Andrea (piano) and Gegé Munari (drums), who often recorded with Piero Umiliani. Not to mention international stars like Chet Baker and Gato Barbieri, who were often drawn into the recording sessions by chance, also thanks to Umiliani's tireless curiosity.

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