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
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.