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Luca Aquino

Italian Songbook (vinyl)

  • Type LP 12inch
  • Label ACT music
  • UPC 0614427988614
  • Catalog number ACTLP 98861
  • Release date 14 June 2019
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About the album

Sometimes fate steps in and changes the course of a life. That’s what happened to Luca Aquino: he was about to go on a “Jazz-Bike-Tour” in the summer of 2017. He’d packed his trumpet and was ready to set off...but then he couldn’t. He had contracted Bell’s palsy, a sudden and acute facial nerve paralysis which put paid to his idea of cycling all the way from his home town of Benevento to Oslo, playing concerts en route. He couldn’t touch the trumpet for more than a year, then had to re-learn it more or less from scratch. The good news is that he has successfully put his musical career back on track.

For Aquino, however, this was a time for self-reflection, and “Italian Songbook” its logical outcome: “Ever since I was little, the traditional music and popular songs of my homeland have been with me. Music was all around, the latest Italian songs were always on the radio, and my mother often sang to me. My grandfather always said I could whistle those tunes before I could walk. A Neapolitan song was the first piece I ever played on the trumpet. During my compulsory break through illness, I decided to take a look back at this music, as a way to start over.”

Aquino’s “Italian Songbook” is very personal and the repertoire here is broad: film music by Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota, plus great songs by famous cantautori (Italian singersongwriters) the likes of Luigi Tenco, Lucio Dalla and Fabrizio De André. Aquino recalls largely forgotten pioneers of Italian music such as Mario Pasquale Costa and Gorni Kramer. He receives outstanding support from pianist Danilo Rea (tracks 2, 4, 7, 8 & 10). Together with accordionist Natalino Marchetti, they create deeply heartfelt music. And there’s a luxurious unfurling of sound when Aquino’s group is combined with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento. In the trio format they are gentle, soft and intimate, but they can also bring on the opulence of an orchestra, and it is this dichotomy which gives “Italian Songbook” its charm.

Every note of this album conveys Aquino’s devotion to his musical heritage. With a soft tone and yet great urgency he develops these well-known melodies and brings out all of the beauty in them. And so the “Italian Songbook” has become a touching homage to the music of his homeland. Fate really must have known what it was doing all along.

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    1
    Deborah’s Theme
     
    02:41
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    2
    Scalinatella
     
    05:01
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    3
    La canzone dell’amore perduto
     
    04:30
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    4
    Caruso
     
    03:55
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    5
    Storia d’amore
     
    04:49
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    6
    Almeno tu nell’universo
     
    05:40
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    7
    Un giorno dopo l’altro
     
    04:07
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    8
    Era de maggio
     
    05:15
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    9
    So che ti perderò
     
    05:03
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    10
    Anema e core
     
    03:54
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    11
    Pippo non lo sa
     
    04:36
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    12
    La strada
     
    03:17

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