Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Lou Lanza: Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project

3

Lou Lanza: Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project

By

Sign in to view read count
Lou Lanza: Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project
Lou Lanza is a charismatic jazz artist with a unique approach to his creativity. His 2018 album Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project is not about original songs, but it is actually about offering an original spin on the tunes of one of the most beloved songwriters of all time: Billy Joel.

Through his tasteful jazz arrangements, laced with subtle melodies and sophisticated grooves, Lanza set out to uncover the true core of Joel's infectious hooks, revealing the versatility of his compositions and making them shine in a very different context. The best songs out there always transcend their original settings of recording and release. In other words, a great song is a great song, no matter who will perform or record it -there is a very special essence that will always remain. Among the songs that have that unmistakable 'it' quality is "Hallelujah," made famous by Jeff Buckley, but originally written and performed by Leonard Cohen. Joel has a songbook that's filled with powerful and memorable songs that stand the test of time, and just like "Hallelujah," and will transcend different interpretative styles and performances.

Lanza's arrangements are filled with nuances and classy tones, and it will certainly please Joel fans while introducing the artist's classics to a jazz-loving crowd.

Track Listing

The Stranger; Modern Woman; Just the Way You Are; Shameless; Don't Ask Me Why; Rosalinda's Eyes; House of Blue Light; Zanzibar; Baby Grand; Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.

Personnel

Lou Lanza
vocals

Lou Lanza: vocals, arrangements; Tony Gairo: tenor sax, clarinet, flute; Paul Sottile: piano; Mike Lorenz: guitar; Matt Parrish: bass; Matt Scarano: drums; Tony Gairo: producer; Jim McGee: engineer.

Album information

Title: Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Self Produced

Comments


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Tags

More

Blue Topaz
Peter Hand
Midnight Rose
Paul Rodgers
Open Me: A Higher Consciousness of Sound and...
Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Modern Art Trio
Franco D'Andrea, Franco Tonani, Bruno Tommaso.

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.