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Boom! The Finest Italian Jazz Soundtracks


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For a whole decade, spanning between the second half of the ‘50s and the second half of the ‘60s, jazz took over the Italian screens. The Californian be-bop rhythms, filtered and reinterpreted in a typical Mediterranean key, became the perfect soundtrack to the Italy of the economic boom; the quintessential music for a country that was sailing through a moment of profound and exciting industrial, social and cultural renovation. A nation that was rapidly shedding its skin, changing its style, look and identity, but also its landscape, letting itself go to the inebriation of the economic miracle. The compilation was conceived like a sonic stream, a journey of discovery carefully sequenced from hundreds of soundtracks from the golden age of Italian jazz contained in the CAM Sugar archive.

33 tracks that go beyond music, telling the story of Italian cinema, society and of its unmistakable style and charm. A genre that even when nodding to Californian be-bop, to crime jazz or bossa nova still sounds surprisingly original and Mediterranean, elegant, and seductive, either with joyous peaks (the scat of I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni or of I 4+4 di Nora Orlandi) or with enigmatic and nearly dramatic nuances (La strega in amore by Luis Bacalov, Il batticuore by Marcello Gigante). The compilation also offers a precious insight into the Italian jazz scene of the times, with its string of formidable soloists like Gianni Basso (sax) and Oscar Valdambrini (trumpet), two Piedmontese men on duty for the RAI television orchestra conducted by Armando Trovajoli; like Nunzio Rotondo (trumpet) a legendary and elusive figure who had a special bond with Piero Piccioni; or like Enrico Rava (trumpet), Franco D'Andrea (piano) and Gegé Munari (drums) who often recorded with Piero Umiliani. Not to forget international stars like Chet Baker and Gato Barbieri, who were often fortuitously dragged into the recording sessions also thanks to Umiliani’s never-ending curiosity.

Tracklist

Piero Umiliani – Notte in Algeria – I PIACERI PROIBITI
Sax: Gianni Basso ∙ Trumpet: Oscar Valdambrini

Francesco De Masi – Oggi in Africa – ALLA SCOPERTA DELL’AFRICA

Ennio Morricone – Agosto Jazz – LA VOGLIA MATTA

Armando Trovajoli – Jumping – IL VEDOVO

Nino Oliviero, Bruno Nicolai – Ora di Punta – MONDO CANE No. 2

Riz Ortolani – Il sorpasso (Titoli – ripresa) – IL SORPASSO

Marcello Giombini – Notti d’amore a Tokyo – LE DOLCI NOTTI

Aldo Piga – Il vedovo bianco – AMORE FACILE

Piero Umiliani – Tensione – AUDACE COLPO DEI SOLITI IGNOTI
Trumpet: Chet Baker

Gianni Ferrio – Frenesia dell’estate (Titoli) – FRENESIA DELL’ESTATE

Luiz Bonfá – Coppia in crisi – LE ORE DELL’AMORE
Classical Guitar: Luiz Bonfá

Piero Piccioni – Your Smile – 3 NOTTI D’AMORE
Flute: Gino Marinacci

Giuseppe De Luca – Il treno rosa – MILLE PECCATI NESSUNA VIRTU’

Marcello Gigante – Gardenia – SEDIA ELETTRICA
Vocals: Nora Orlandi

Piero Umiliani – In fondo alla notte – UNA BELLA GRINTA
Drums: Gegé Munari ∙ Sax: Gato Barbieri ∙ Trumpet: Enrico Rava

Luis Bacalov – La strega in amore (Titoli) – LA STREGA IN AMORE
Vocals: Nora Orlandi

Piero Umiliani – 7 monaci d’oro (Titoli) – 7 MONACI D’ORO
Choir: I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni

Gianni Ferrio – Il raggio infernale (Titoli) – IL RAGGIO INFERNALE
Choir: I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni

Francesco De Masi – Perry Scott Blues – SINFONIA PER DUE SPIE

Caro Rustichelli – Sexy Lucy – ASSICURASI VERGINE

Carlo Rustichelli – Allegre notti – LETTI SBAGLIATI

Piero Umiliani – Il Nero – M1 – IL NERO
Sax: Gato Barbieri

Carlo Rustichelli – Night Blues – GLI IMBROGLIONI
Choir: Quartetto Caravels

Marcello Giombini – Miniswing orientale – NUDO CRUDO E…

Carlo Savina – Agente 077 – Sfida ai killers (Titoli) – AGENTE 077 SFIDA AI KILLERS
Choir: I 4+4 di Nora Orlandi

Aldo Piga – Le notti della violenza (Titoli) – LE NOTTI DELLA VIOLENZA

Ivan Vandor – Gangsters – BERSAGLIO MOBILE

Armando Trovajoli – Giallo Club – CHIAMATE 22-22 TENENTE SHERIDAN

Marcello Gigante – Il batticuore – IL MOSTRO DI VENEZIA

Aldo Piga – Concorso per giovani attrici – LETTO DI SABBIA

Piero Umiliani – Milano Blues (edit) – BIANCO, ROSSO, GIALLO, ROSA

Giorgio Zinzi – Atmosfera di Night – LA COSTANZA DELLA RAGIONE

Piero Piccioni – Dea di un sogno (versione tromba e organo) – UN TENTATIVO SENTIMENTALE

Nora Orlandi – Gardenia (vocals only) – SEDIA ELETTRICA