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Gary Smulyan, Dominic Chianese: Bella Napoli

Alberto Bazzurro By

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Il CD (nel senso del dischetto) è esattamente una pizza in miniatura, né più né meno (cambia ovviamente la materia prima...). Già questo—e magari anche il titolo—ci dice non poco sulla natura del "progetto," che vede un attore, Dominic Chianese, noto per essere tra i protagonisti della fortunata serie I Soprano (il disco è fra l'altro dedicato a James Gandolfini, morto da poco), e un manipolo di pur apprezzati jazzisti saccheggiare con gusto e misura prossimi allo zero il pur glorioso songbook napoletano.

Detto che Chianese (per fortuna qua e là assente) è cantante che definire abborracciato sarebbe persino generoso, il tutto gira attorno al baritono (impeccabile, per carità) di Gary Smulyan, con fisa e mandolino a loro volta presenti a singhiozzo, il tutto per un prodotto globale che può esser benissimo preso a esempio per spiegare a chi non vi si fosse mai imbattuto (esisterà?) quale sia il significato più genuino della parola kitsch.

Per carità, quando Chianese si tace la musica gira anche bene (specie nel "Saracino" carosoniano, l'episodio più degno del lotto), senza un'oncia di originalità, ma correttissima, tuttavia è il senso dell'operazione che onestamente ci sfugge completamente. Poi ci lamentiamo se all'estero qualcuno ci parla ancora di pizza e mandolino (appunto...)!

Track Listing: Funiculi Funicula; Anema e Core; Fenestra Che Lucive; Marechiare; Peque; O Sole Mio; O Saracino; A Vucchella: Dicitencello Vuie!; Tre Veglia e Sonno; Santa Lucia Lontana.

Personnel: Dominic Chianese: vocals; Gary Smulyan: Baritone Saxophone; Gary Versace: piano, accordion,; Martin Wind: bass; Matt Wilson: drums; Joe Brent: mandolin, violin.

Title: Bella Napoli | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Capri Records

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