1LP + CD Edition Release Date: 30/5/2014 Label: Schema
An early jazzy soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – made even better by some key work from Chet Baker on trumpet and Helen Merrill on vocals! The set was done at a time when both artists were spending some time in Italy – shaping the scene with their presence, and really standing out on a handful of rare recordings like this one – quite different than their American material of a few years before! Baker is especially striking – with lead solos that have a great sense of compression, and a depth of soul that really move beyond the Pacific Jazz recordings. And Merrill is wonderful, too – with that special flavor she only ever seemed to open up when she went overseas – and got to move into more unusual settings. But the real star is Umiliani throughout – balancing modern impulses with late night jazz in a way that really points the way towards his later scores in the 60s – but which is already nearly perfect here! -- Dusty Groove
. Neapolitan Phantasy
A2a. Dicitencello Vuje
A2b. Munastero ‘E Santa Chiara
A2c. ‘Na Sera ‘E Maggio
A4. Hollywood Tonight
A5. California In The Summer
A6. Thinkin’ Blues
B4. Along In A Crowd
B6. Twilight At Los Angeles
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