The cinema has given us many memorable ballads. Monica Mancini has selected chestnuts that represent a cross-section of film songs: each of them a timeless beauty that we’ll always remember. It’s music for our generation. Mancini interprets them with the wallpaper of a string orchestra in support that allows the passion in her delivery to remain at center stage. Each song is performed slow and mellow, as a lullaby suitable for filmdom’s reflective moments. The cinematic scores represented include Black Orpheus, The Promise, The Sandpiper, Dumbo, Soldier In The Rain and Royal Wedding. There are vast differences from one work to another, which the musical arrangements relate. The theme from Alfie, for instance, wades knee-deep in nostalgia, while the selection from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon moves to the contemporary, world beat of a different drummer. From her work on the film score to Ghost Ship, Mancini interprets “Senza Fine” in Italian with distinctive cultural timbres from the orchestra. Mike Lang, Ramon Stagnaro and George Doering contribute stirring instrumental interludes that complement this fine vocalist. Monica Mancini employs her natural talents wisely to remind us why we place certain film scores on the table as classic works, while others are soon forgotten.
Track Listing: Cinema Paradiso (Remember); A Day in the Life of a Fool; The Summer
Knows; A Love Before Time; Solder in the Rain; Alfie; Too Late Now; The
Shadow of Your Smile; Baby Mine; Senza Fine; I
Personnel: Monica Mancini- vocals; Assa Drori- violin, concertmaster; Ray Kobler,
David Stenske, Ron Folsom, Belinda Broughton, Hana Krejkova, Irina
Voloshina, Jim Stark, Jennifer Walton, Carolyn Osborn, Karen Jones, Joel
Derouin, Liane Mautner- violin; Rolando Kato, Kazi Pitelka, Harry Shirinin,
Andrew Picken- viola; Armen Ksajikian, Tim Landauer, John Krovoza-
cello; Chuck Berghofer, Mike Valerio- bass; Barbara Northcutt, Earl
Dumler, Aaron Hill- woodwinds; Julie Allis-Berghofer- harp; Mike Lang-
piano; Tom Ranier- keyboards; Ramon Stagnaro, George Doering- guitar;
Gregg Field- drums, percussion.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.