Chiara Pancaldi

What is There to Say

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917343526
Catnr: CR 73435
Release date: 06 October 2017
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Challenge Records
Catalogue number
CR 73435
Release date
06 October 2017

"You can hear that she is really a jazz vocalist, in terms of timing, swing, flair and finesse."

Jazzism, 26-4-2018

About the album

On this album the young Italian jazz singer Chiara Pancaldi shows once again talent to sing jazz standards in a flawless and convincing way. Her pure voice was noticed by Kirk Lightsey and Darryl Hall and they formed an pure acoustic trio to record this album.

The recording is a true live session, where they all took chances and improvised a lot. Each song, whether it is the famous standard On the Sunny Side of the Street or the obscure Strayhorn tune Love Came, has its own atmosphere.

Two special guests enrich the session, both in a ballad: Jeremy Pelt, who plays on What is There to Say, the track that gives the record its title, and Laurent Maur, who played in A Timeless Place (The Peacocks).

Auf diesem Album beweist die junge italienische Sängerin Chiara Pancaldi einmal mehr ihr Talent, Jazzstandards makellos und überzeugend zu singen. Ihre reine Stimme erregte die Aufmerksamkeit von Kirk Lightsey und Darryl Hall, und sie taten sich zu einem rein akustischen Trio zusammen, um dieses Album aufzunehmen.

Die Aufnahme ist eine wahre Live-Session, in der alle Risiken eingingen und viel improvisierten. Jeder Song, sei es der bekannte Standard On the Sunny Side of the Street oder den Strayhorn-Tune Love Came, hat eine ganz eigene Atmosphäre.

Zwei besondere Gäste bereicherten diese Session, jeweils in einer Ballade: Jeremy Pelt, der in What is There to Say zu hören ist, dem Track, der dem Album seinen Titel gibt, und Laurent Maur, der in A Tmeless Place (The Peacocks) spielt.


Chiara Pancaldi is a passionate young Italian jazz singer. A music lover, she practices and loves all kinds of music, from Classical to Jazz, from Brazilian to Indian Classical Music. Her musical style is mainly influenced by jazz and Brazilian music.

She had a chance to study with many great singers and musicians such as Sheila Jordan, Michele Hendricks, Rachel Gould, Roberta Gambarini, Jeremy Pelt, Harold Mabern, Barry Harris, Vincent Harring, her vocals talents attracting their attention. Performing live in clubs and festivals in Italy and abroad she has worked and performed with many great Italian and American jazz musicians such as Cyrus Chestnut, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth, Kirk Lighsey, Darryl Hall, Nicola Muresu, Nico Menci, Stefano Senni, Piero Odorici, Davide Brillante and many more.

In 2012 she released her debut album titled THE SONG IS YOU with the Italian label DODICILUNE. Her last album, I WALK A LITTLE FASTER, has Chiara performing alongside an excellent trio, with Cyrus Chestnut on piano, John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. The record, released by the dutch label Challenge Records, has been awarded Best Vocal Jazz Album 2015 by the Japanese magazine Jazz Critique Magazine.

WHAT IS THERE TO SAY is her second release on Challenge Records.


You can hear that she is really a jazz vocalist, in terms of timing, swing, flair and finesse.
Jazzism, 26-4-2018

With a lighter voice than the great American examples from jazz history, the Italian singer maintains the timing, technique and know-how of a typical mainstream jazz vocalist.
Jazzmozaiek, 15-3-2018

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