The Fellini Album – The Film Music of Nino Rota
Riccardo Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala pay tribute to composer Nino Rota (1911-1979), who wrote more than 150 film scores for the likes of Visconti (The Leopard), Zeffirelli (Romeo and Juliet), Coppola (Godfather I and II)…and Federico Fellini. The 26 tracks draw from five of Fellini’s major films: 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, Amarcord, The Clowns, and Casanova. Like the films they accompany, the tunes range across time and space, from the 18th to the 20th century, flavored with elements of circus, theatre, jazz, and the phantasmagorically eclectic visual imagination of Fellini himself—all pre CGI!
– Bruce Collier
Jazz bassist Avishai Cohen joins with Elchin Shirinov (piano), Noam David (drums), Bjorn Samuelsson (trombone) and Anders Hagberg (flute) on Arvoles (“trees” in the Judaeo-Spanish Ladino language). Some jazz bassists are content to fade upstage keeping the beat and framework. Cohen is very active here, sometimes the anchor, sometimes the driver—his bow and fingers supplying a kind of voice, as in “Simonero” and “Face Me.” The 10 tracks are by turns heady, pensive, melancholy, danceable, even argumentative. Both David and Shirinov shine throughout, especially in the latter’s own hybrid namesake piece, “Elchinov.” It’s a very inviting program.
– Bruce Collier
The Laminar Sessions
Technically stamped with a 2017 release date, this EP has just made its grand appearance on Bandcamp (along with some other new singles), making it new to me. I’m also here to spread the news that Copeland has returned to the Panhandle and is currently living in Pensacola. If that wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, the EP is stunningly beautiful, one of the best showcases of Copeland’s unique voice that I’ve had the pleasure to come across. The Laminar Sessions cements his place as one of the area’s best singer-songwriters.
– Nikki Hedrick
Getz at the Gate
This is a previously unreleased live recording of jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, with Steve Kuhn (piano), John Neves (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums) at New York’s Village Gate. I grew up thinking that Getz only knew how to play “The Girl from Ipanema” with Astrud Gilberto, since you couldn’t take an elevator anywhere and not hear them. This record was made in 1961, a year before “Ipanema” was written, so I’ve been proven wrong. This is classic club jazz, four masters taking their time and doubling down on the music. Getz demonstrates formidable chops, purring and swinging all at once.
– Bruce Collier
The Helvetica Effect
Fans and friends of the local rockers have been waiting for this five-song EP’s release, and it beats all expectations—a pretty high bar if you’ve been a longtime friend of the band like me. It will shock no one that “Coded Words” gets my vote for the standout track—hello, breakdown goodness. Listening to The Collapse gives me warm and fuzzy feelings…proud of my friends, in awe of their talent, and hopeful for what comes next.
– Nikki Hedrick
Everybody Eats When They Come to My House: Songs of Food and Drink
Generous 17-song collection of food-related songs both obscure and beloved (“Monkey Hips and Rice” could qualify as either, depending on how cool you are), served up as only Beachcomber Music Award Hall of Famer Billy Garrett could. A cover of “The Bacon Song” would have sweetened up this feast a little, but at least you have those great liner notes…
– Chris Manson
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