Monica Mancini, the daughter of the legendary Henry Mancini, grew up with an affinity for themes and scores. On her sophomore Concord release, she builds on a theme while settling the score regarding her own place in the Jazz vocalist pantheon. Opening with the English translation of Ennio Morricone’s lovely theme from the titular film, Mancini goes on to feature old favorites and new selections, including the love theme from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and "Senza Fine" from the recently released Ghost Ship. Among the more familiar fare are Michelle Legrand’s haunting theme from Summer of ’42, Burt Bacharach’s musical question to Alfie, Johnny Mandel’s "Shadow of Your Smile," Harold Arlen’s "Over the Rainbow" and even "Baby Mine" from the children’s classic Dumbo. In an effort to face and promote her legacy, Mancini takes a drizzly pour through Dad’s lesser-known title song for Soldier in the Rain. As most of these themes relate to romance, it is fitting that Mancini treats them all with the same husky and occasionally tremulous whisper. Unfortunately, some points of emotion are lost in her translations.
Track Listing: 1. Cinema Paradiso, film score Cinema Paradiso (Remember),
Composed by Ennio Morricone
2. Black Orpheus, film score A Day in the Life of a Fool,
Composed by Luiz Bonfa
3. The Summer of '42, film score The Summer Knows,
Composed by Michel Legrand
4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score A Love Before Time,
Composed by Dun Tan
5. Soldier in the Rain, film score Soldier in the Rain,
Composed by Henry Mancini
6. Alfie (for the film score "Alfie"),
Composed by Burt Bacharach
7. Royal Wedding, musical Too Late Now,
Composed by Burton Lane
8. The Sandpiper, film score The Shadow of Your Smile,
Composed by Johnny Alfred Mandel
9. Baby Mine (for Disney's "Dumbo"),
Composed by Frank Churchill
10. Ghost Ship, film score Senza Fine,
Composed by John Frizzell
11. The Promise, film score I'll Never Say Goodbye,
Composed by David Shire
12. The Wizard of Oz, film score Over the Rainbow,
Composed by Harold Arlen
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.