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|Fred Hopkins, Ron Carter, Carla Bley|
Amarcord Nino Rota (I Remember Nino Rota)
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
The first of producer Hal Willner's splendid anthology series. Each outing allows an eclectic array of modern, vaguely avant-garde musicians to explore the work of a single composer. Here Bill Frisell, Sharon Freeman, Debo... more »
The first of producer Hal Willner's splendid anthology series. Each outing allows an eclectic array of modern, vaguely avant-garde musicians to explore the work of a single composer. Here Bill Frisell, Sharon Freeman, Deborah Harry, Wynton Marsalis, and Carla Bley, among others, take on the haunting circus atmosphere of Nino Rota's scores for the films of Federico Fellini. The emphasis is on the jazzy, with Frisell's shimmering, ethereal take on Juliet of the Spirits, Jaki Bayard's solo piano version of Amarcord, and Freeman's lively suite from La Dolce Vita among the highlights. Although beginners might prefer Rota in the original soundtrack recordings, this is a welcome addition for the adventurous or those already on board. --Heidi MacDonald
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Essential Listening, but hard to find
Daniel Burke | New York, NY USA | 02/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best of Wilner's compliations. These jazz artists -- the best in the buinsess at the time (unfortunatley Bayard is no longer with us)-- obviously love the music, and the affection and respect are apparent in every track. It's a mixed bag illuminating the different faces of Rota from the jaunty circus themes to the lonliness of lost love. This is truly one of my favorite jazz records and it's also a great anthology of lesser-known great artists."
Jazzy covers of the Nino Rota classics - a must have!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The album is comprised completely of cover versions of the Nino Rota Classics (and those are anything but kitschy). I love the originals but I must say that I almost love these, for the most part, jazzy covers even more! The covers are much more moody, often slower and more melodic. This is an album to have!"
Modern take on kitschy originals
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you thinking you'll get the origional scores from the Fellini movies, this isn't it. This is, however, an elegant modern take on Rota's compositions by talented contemporary jazz artists such as Bill Frisell, Jackie Byard and Dave Samuels. Brings the Italian Riviera to life, but not the Italian Riviera of Fellini's 1950's and 60's. Still, this is a nice addition to any jazz collection."