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Piero Umiliani

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A Tempo Di Jazz

Label: Sonor Music Editions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Marmellata Di Suoni; Tempo Jazz; Battesimo Dell’Aria; Tipi Misteriosi; Verso L’Alba; Tema In Blues; Mezza Cottura.

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Piero Umiliani: A Tempo Di Jazz

Read "A Tempo Di Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Considering how many stylish movies were made in Italy in the 1950s and early 1960s, surprisingly few have jazz or jazz-based soundtracks of note; back at the ranch, jazz was Hollywood's go-to cool music. A handful of composers including Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone included jazz in their palettes but jazz was not their primary inspiration. ...

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Meroli: Notturni

Read "Notturni" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz has a great track record when it comes to film scores. Standouts include Miles Davis' soundtrack for Louis Malle's Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud (1958), Charles Mingus' for John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959) and Krzysztof Komeda's for Roman Polanski's Knife In The Water (1962). There are dozens more, particularly from the 1950s and 1960s, before rock became the ...

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Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 1

Read "Enrico Rava: Five Decades of Jazz - The Co-leader and Sideman Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


After focusing on Enrico Rava's discography as leader, this week we explore his more than five decades of work as co-leader and sideman. The statuture of an artist can be measured not only through the albums s/he has recorded but also by the caliber of the musicians he has played with. There are not ...

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Italian Jazz

Read "Italian Jazz" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week we take a look at Italian Jazz with a selection of music from a variety of great players with the main focus being on pianist Enrico Pieranunzi Playlist Enrico Pieranunzi “Amarcord" from Fellini Jazz (C.A.M. Jazz) 00:00 Sebastiano Meloni “Nocturne" from Pictures of a Quartet (Slam Productions) 07:44 Carla Marciano Quartet “Handshake" ...

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Film Noir, a Jazz Investigation

Read "Film Noir, a Jazz Investigation" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In search of clues about the key components that make it possible to build the mood, the suspense, the intrigue, the build-up of tension, the adrenaline rush and the release in a good film noir with a jazz soundtrack, or in the jazz soundtrack of an imaginary film noir. Plus an interview with German-born, ...

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Psichedelica

Label: Schema Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Viaggio Nell'Inconscio; Sequenza Psichedelica; Nel Cosmo; L'Uomo Integrato; Constestazione; Hippies; Hippies (take 2); Stoccoima My Dear; Viva La Sauna Svedese; Birra, Vermouth e Gin; Notte Di Mezza Estate; Organo e Chitarroni; Folk song; Cow-Boy.

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Chet Baker: Italian Movies

Read "Italian Movies" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Jazz e cinema. Un connubio magnificamente documentato da questo confanetto, destinato ad attrarre l'interesse non solo dei fan di Chet Baker. C'è un gran lavoro dietro queste sei colonne sonore realizzate tra il 1958 ed il 1962 grazie alle splendide partiture di Piero Umiliani, tra pagine orchestrali di impianto rigorosamente jazz e raffinati ammiccamenti al pop. ...

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Piero Umiliani: Psichedelica

Read "Psichedelica" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Psichdelica is a fun album. It is music from the pen of Italian movie scorer Piero Umbiliani. The music here composed and recorded for the movie Svenzia Inferno e Paradiso (1968) is in large part a slice of those times. “Trippy, very trippy," might be the colloquial 1968 description for the the disc's first four tunes, ...


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