Gazzara: Brother And Sister (Ritmica SILRIT 0010)
Italian-based pianist, keyboard player and guitarist Francesco Gazzara here offers a selection of music that while leaning towards contemporary pop has a lively and highly rhythmic appeal. Throughout there is an air of fluid grace that subtly renders some attractive pieces, most of which are composed (or sometimes co-composed by Gazzara). There are four instrumental tracks, the rest having vocals, most of which are taken by Yasemin Sannino and are mainly sung in English. Instrumentalists appearing on this CD include flautist Eduardo Piloto Barreto, guitarist Marco Lamioni, bassists Luca Fogagnolo, Massimo Sanna, percussionist Mauro Mirti, while other singers are Jo Oakley, Desiree Mohammad, Wendy Lewis and Ithamara Koorax. Gazzara's regular live band includes guitarist David Giacomini and drummer Giuiliano Ferrari as well as Fogagnolo and Mirti. One of the songs from this CD, 'O Passarinho', composed by Gazzara, Koorax and Arnaldo DeSouteiro, has also been separately released in four versions on an EP. This song has attracted a lot of attention in Europe, especially in Italy. An attractive contemporary pop album by a band that deserves widespread attention.