Mafalda Minnozzi

Air Date:  11/7/2021

Photos by Murilo Alvesso

If you have ever watched a Fellini movie, or any Italian film from the '60s for that matter, you will immediately be drawn into the music of Mafalda Minnozzi as you play the first track from her new album Cinema City - Jazz Scenes From Italian Film. The song, La Dolce Vita, was written by Fellini's favorite composer, Nino Rota; it is the title song to his famous film.

Besides Mr. Rota, several great film composers are represented here. For example, we have several tracks written by Ennio Morricone, the great and quite prolific Italian composer. 

Mr. Morricone wrote the music for most of Sergio Leone's 'spaghetti westerns,' such as A Fistful Of Dollars. In addition, he wrote the scores for such well-known movies as Once Upon A Time In America and Cinema Paradiso. His songs are well-represented in this release.

Metti Una Sera a Cena is a song written by Mr. Morricone, and you'll hear two versions during Brazil/World hour, first from Chiara Civello, and then from Ms. Minnozzi. It's a beautiful song.

Also we have Deborah's Theme, from Once Upon A Time In America. As you know if you have seen this or any of these films, once you hear the melody you will recognize it.

This is an engaging CD that we'll explore during the next few weeks.

New For You

New this week are releases from vocalist Nicki Parrott, pianist Dan Siegel, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, guitarist Perry Smith, vocalist Gemma Sherry, vocalist Nicole Henry, and guitarist Pasquale Grasso.

About Pasquale Grasso: This is a very interesting guitarist. Pat Metheny thought very highly of him, saying "The best guitar player I’ve heard in maybe my entire life is floating around now, Pasquale Grasso."
One thing that is very interesting about Mr. Grasso is that, although he is a guitarist, he is often compared to pianists, in particular Bud Powell. You can hear such influences on full display on his website.

I hope your autumn is going well. Ok, I have to go out and rake now.




HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Alex Sipiagin-Upstream 2021-02 Echo Canyon
Dan Siegel-Faraway Place 2021-06 Faraway Place
Nnenna Freelon-Soulcall 2000-08 If It's Magic
Perry Smith-Peace 2021-06 Peace
Armagos\Promises 2021\The Garden
Nicki Parrott-If You Could Read My Mind 2021-03 If You Could Read My Mind
Carol Welsman-Carol Welsman-12 Beautiful 2007
Steve Million\What I Meant to Say 2021\What I Meant to Say
Carlos Vega-Art of the Messenger 2021-03 Ode to the Patient Observer
Mike Scott-Collecting Things 2020-09 Coda
Gemma Sherry-Music to Dream To 2021-08 Keep  Talking
Victor Gould-In Our Time 2021-11 In Memoriam

HOUR TWO: New For You

Armagos\Promises 2021\Sun
Nicole Henry\TIME TO LOVE AGAIN. 2021\Overjoyed
Dave Shelton Trio Feat Beth Kuhn-Drift 2021-06 You're Here
Joey DeFrancesco-More Music 2021-09 More Music
Mike Scott-Collecting Things 2020-01 Sol Minor Prelude
Carlos Vega-Art of the Messenger 2021-10 Heed the Call
Pasquale Grasso-Pasquale Plays Duke 2021-03 Prelude to a Kiss
Gemma Sherry-Music to Dream To 2021-The Telephone Song
Alexander McCabe-Body And Soul 2021-05 Angela
Nicole Henry\TIME TO LOVE AGAIN. 2021\Until It's Time For You To Go
Perry Smith-Peace 2021-01 This Nearly Was Mine

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

------ Italian Set ------
Mafalda Minozzi-CinemaCity 2021-07 Anonimo Veneziano
Chiara Civello-Canzoni-08 Metti una sera a cena 2014
Andrea Bocelli-Romanza-08 Vivo Per Lei (Feat. Giorgia) 1996
Rosario Giuliani-Mr. Dodo-03 Home 2002
------ Italian Set ------
Antonio Adolfo\Jobim Forever 2021\Estrado Do Sol
Gemma Sherry-Music to Dream To 2021-02 So Danco Samba
Alexis Cole\Sky Blossom - Songs From My Tour of Duty 2021\Triste
Mafalda Minozzi-CinemaCity 2021-03 Metti Una Sera A Cena
Antonio Carlos Jobim-Stone Flower 1970-07 Andorinha
Gemma Sherry-Music to Dream To 2021-05 Bim Bom
Eliane Elias-Dance of Time-03 Copacabana 2017
Mafalda Minozzi-CinemaCity 2021-13 Deborahs Theme
Stacey Kent-Songs From Other Places 2021-09 Imagina

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Ray Obiedo\Latin Jazz Project Vol 2 2021\Santa Lucia
Nnenna Freelon (vocal)-Shaking Free [dBP-T] 1996-08 Visions
Marion Meadows-Twice As Nice 2021-02 Lunchbox
Charles Langford-Powerless 2021-01 Better Days Ahead
Najee-You Me & Forever-07 Give It All We've Got 2015
Phyllis Chapell\Naked World 2015\This Moment
Marion Meadows-Soul City-08 Samba De Playa 2018
William Woods-The Hear and Now-09 The Hear and Now 2006
Kim Waters\Shakedown\Takin the High Road
The Sax Pack-Power of 3-05 Like Old Times 2015
Phil Perry-A Better Man-01 A Better Man (2015)


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