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The Bossa Lounge Experience
Catalogue #: IRM 1010CD
Date: 06-04-2013
Genre: Dance (Jazz House/Nu Jazz/Acid Jazz)
Label: Irma Records
1 CD

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  Tracklist
  1 Ivory Skyscrapers  
  2 California Gurls  
  3 Shock The Monkey  
  4 Blow Your Mind  
  5 New Frontier  
  6 Please Don't Ask  
  7 Hoping Love Will Last  
  8 Lady (Hear Me Tonight)  
  9 Berimbau  
  10 Bahia Moon  
  11 Bahia Moon Reprise  
  12 You're The Best Thing  
  13 Black Jack  
  14 There Will Be Time  
  15 Ace Of Spades  
  16 Hotel Samba  
  17 Summer Samba  
  18 Wave  
  19 Song For My Father  
  20 Spring Tango  
 
  Review
   
  A for Acid Jazz: GAZZARA pioneered the acid jazz movement in Italy, being amongst
the first italian acts to play live at the legendary Jazz Cafè, Camden, London. Their
debut album “One” (1996) featured the organist James Taylor (JTQ) as a special
guest.
B for Bossa: since their second album “Grand Central Boogie“ (1998) the band -
originally from Rome, Italy - began a long journey into the brazilian sound of the
1960’s. Their point of departure was a bossa nova cover of the Steely Dan classic
“Josie“, also played live at the infamous Montreux Jazz Festival.
H for House: following the third album “The Spirit Of Summer“ (2001) and a successful
title track remix by Dave Warrin, GAZZARA became a name to remember on the
international house music scene, being included in prestigious DJ charts (Masters At
Work), highly successful compilations (Hotel Costes) and playing live in countries like
Japan and Russia.
L for Lounge: well-known HBO, TV serial “Sex And The City” made extensive use of
GAZZARA’s instrumental lounge tracks in various episodes broadcasted around the
world. Band leader Francesco Gazzara has also published a book titled “Lounge
Music“.
“The Bossa Lounge Experience” is the new album by GAZZARA. A familiar title for
long time followers of the act led by keyboardist and producer Francesco Gazzara, as
it recalls the group’s past collaborations with some brazilian music stars (jazz singer
Ithamara Koorax, poet, lyric writer Paulo Sergio Valle) and also the band’s old
infatuation for the repertoire of Eumir Deodato.
Their sixth album to date - released by Irma Records after GAZZARA returned to this
label following 2 CD’s “Brother And Sister“ (2006) and “My Cup Of Tea“ (2009)
produced by Silence/Ritmica - fully reveals the band’s musical preferences through a
number of cover versions - some totally unexpected - produced and arranged with the
recognizable GAZZARA style. The album sound is rooted in the traditional bossa trio
formula (Azymuth), with Rhodes electric piano and Hammond organ perfectly suited
to an extremely tight rhythmic session (Massimo Sanna on bass, Mauro Mirti on
drum and percussion, both founder members of GAZZARA) which balances vintage
soundtrack moods with samba/funk dance grooves.
Here we go then with some classic tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Marcos Valle
covered and arranged orchestrally, while - speaking of bossa nova - Donald Fagen‘s
“New Frontier“ and Modjo‘s “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)“ surprisingly get a loungy elegant
treatment. A detailed mix between samba and disco/funk updates “Blow Your
Mind“, absolute gem from Jamiroquai. GAZZARA’s instrumental version follows the
“hammond funk” style of Booker T. & The MG’s, suggesting a tight link between acid
jazz and lounge music, something unthinkable of in the early ‘90’s.
Another example of the album’s “Experience” - a warm mix of acoustics and electronics
for the dancefloor - is the peculiar and innovative cover of Katy Perry’s “California
Girls“. Sounding like Snoop Dogg sharing a cocktail with Daft Punk, Zero 7 and
Astrud Gilberto, the modern lounge impact of this GAZZARA version - featuring dutch
vocalist Lily Latuheru - offers a different interpretation of the song’s party hedonism.
Similarly “Shock The Monkey“ by Peter Gabriel features here in an unexpected
Motown soul arrangement, respectful of the original version but deeply coloured by a
vintage groove and big band horns.
Also highly recommended is the bossa style version of “You’re The Best Thing“ by
Style Council, a name already covered by GAZZARA in 2001 when they included
“Homebreakers“ in “The Spirit Of Summer” tracklist.
Another surprise - suggesting quite a wide panorama in the band’s musical preferences -
is to find out where the album’s best disco/house track comes from: “Please Don’t
Ask“ was written by Phil Collins and released in the Genesis album “Duke“ (1980).
Both harmonies and melody recall the original, but new rhythmic arrangement
underlines a hidden dance attitude in the song. Despite coming from the same musical
family tree, “Hoping Love Will Last“ by Steve Hackett (1979) is another story. A great
Genesis fan, Francesco Gazzara’s cover choice was influenced by the original track’s
lead vocals - a very young Randy Crawford - and by the “noir” mood of the arrangement.
GAZZARA’s version features a strong vocal interpretation by Lily Latuheru plus live
orchestrated string and winds.
“The Bossa Lounge Experience“ is not just an album of covers: amongst the eight
original tracks “Bahia Moon Reprise“ stands out, where the brazilian Olodum rhythm
begins interacting with latin/funk harmonies to eventually explode with an irresistible
orchestral march - echoing the italian ‘60’s soundtracks by Piero Piccioni and Piero
Umiliani - played by a mighty brass band led by saxophonist Dario Cecchini (Funk
Off, Italian Secret Service). This is a well-known name on the
   
 
 
   
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