Release Date: 11/01/13
Though this budget-priced two-disc compilation is billed as 'an Italian jazz & lounge experience,' you'd be hard-pressed to guess that it has anything to do with Italy based on the music itself, most of which sounds much more Brazilian or Cuban than anything else. A few tracks are actually sung in Italian and credited to Italian musicians, but since a bunch of others are sung in Portuguese, you have to really be paying attention to catch the linguistic switch. Still, what matters here isn't nationality; what matters is whether the music grooves, and that it does. Everything has a jazzy, swinging feel and just a faint whiff of European movie soundtracks from the 1960s, and even if regional favorites like Nicola Conte and Giacomo Bondi are unfamiliar names here in the States, no one with a pulse will be able to resist the hip-swaying charms of much of this program. Among the highlights are a fine adaption of the jazz standard 'What a Difference a Day Makes,' performed by Dynamic 4, and the invigorating (if misspelled) 'Cosmic Odissey' by Spacestar. Things do occasionally get a bit soft in the middle, as on Vibraphile's enervatingly smooth 'By Night,' but for the most part this is stuff that will liven up any party.<br><br>TRACK LISTING: <br>Disc: 1<br>1. Tema de la Onda<br>2. 3ZOZO12<br>3. Siempre<br>4. CafÃ© Caldo<br>5. Good Bye<br>6. From Paris to Rio<br>7. Spirit in the Yellow Sound<br>8. IlusÃµes<br>9. Jet Set<br>10. It's a New Day<br>11. Last Flight to Rome<br>12. By Night<br>13. Electrostatic<br>14. Magic Soleil<br><br>Disc: 2<br>1. Maracana' [Main Mix]<br>2. St. Denis Ceara [Panaphonic Remix]<br>3. Fly in the Sky [Main Mix]<br>4. Salsera [Crisp Remix]<br>5. Love Can Sing<br>6. Espuma Bossa [Bossa-Lounge Cut]<br>7. Tropical Man's Revenge<br>8. La Clave<br>9. What a Difference a Day Makes<br>10. Blue Bossa BlanÃ§o<br>11. Spectrum [Radio Edit]<br>12. Cosmic Odissey [Nujazz Remix]<br>13. Walkin Sofa
|Label: Water Music Records|
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