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Today available on CD or in all Digital Stores IN THIS LIFE, the new album by UKULELE LOVERS.

George Harrison said: “Everybody should have and play a uke, its so simple to carry with you and it is one instrument you can't play and not laugh!... So get yourself a few and enjoy yourselves”. And it's true, the ukulele is exactly that, it offers a precious gift where everyone is an integral part of the group encouraged by the possibility to play it in only a few hours. 

Fascinated by this small instrument's great virtue, the guitarist Andrea Boschetti created a vocal/instrumental ensemble made up of singers and musicians which have been active in classical, pop and jazz music; but painters are also involved, theatrical technicians and even farmers (organic!!), good friends happily building upon a common artistic project: Ukulele Lovers. It soon became not only an avenue for for amateurs but also an example of how the pleasure of sharing the "art of meeting" is truly the main point in making music. 

Performances, educational meetings, jazz festivals and music workshops organized this band help various humanitarian and solidarity initiatives linked to the whole of the world (from Paul Moore 's Ukuleles for Peace to Chiquitica by Updoo World). 

IN THIS LIFE is the first CD by Ukulele Lovers, a pleasant mix of original songs and personalized covers which have been delightfully arranged. You will not only find great jazz standards, traditional, gospel and folk songs, but also favourites by Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys and Bob Dylan. 

Except for double bass and violin upon some tracks, the entire album is played by ukuleles (from soprano to bass). They are joined by other unique instruments not sold in stores, mostly self build or prototypes. Some special guests took part of this album: the guitar virtuoso Daniele Gottardo choose the soprano ukulele for his solo with flavours of Central America. Pietro Tonolo used the velvet sounds of the flutax (a mix between a flute and a tenor sax), a wind instrument invented by himself. Maurizio Bestetti preferred a overdriven cigar box assembled by the Cooperative Laboratory of Arco (TN), Andrea Verza has improvised with a Cossa (a peculiar wind instrument built with the pieces of pumpkin) made available by the Sound Landscape Museum in Riva by Chieri (TO). Lorenzo Frizzera played his Chiquitica, a low cost guitar (€3) developed for people living in poor countries but eager to study music. 

IN THIS LIFE takes its name from the opening song of the album, also featured in a video clip shot by Simone Casadio Pirazzoli and edited by Domenico Giovannini. The song is a hymn of happiness, a motto to the joy that comes from sharing music. The Ukulele Lovers Family once again emphasises the desire to aggregate and invite everyone to be part of the group. 

Ukulele Lovers are: Annika Borsetto, Ilaria Mandruzzato, Barbara Fortin, Milena Dolcetto, Antonella Pasqualini, Marinella Pavan, Andrea Boschetti, Mattia Martorano, Daniele Saggiorato, Marco Barion, Vittore Dalla Benetta, Alessandro Turchet.

 

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Giuliana Soscia & Pino Jodice Quartet presents NORTH WIND, the new album featuring Tommy Smith available on CD or in all digital stores.
 
Musical artistry and compositional talents and skills come together to bring "North Wind" to life thanks to the extraordinary Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith's European jazz and accordionist Giuliana Soscia and pianist Pino Jodice's Italian sound. All supported by an exceptional rhythm section with Valerio Vantaggio on drums and Luca Pirozzi on double bass and electric bass.
Nine greatly inspired original compositions in which Tommy Smith masterfully evokes reminiscences of the Scottish Highlands, lands of mythological heroes, northern winds and historic landscapes, richly contaminating the Mediterranean flavors and unmistakable styles of the well-known couple Giuliana Soscia / Pino Jodice.
 
 
 
Available on CD or in all digital stores the live album by "Orchestra Jazz Parthenopea di Pino Jodice e Giuliana Soscia", special guest Paolo Fresu.
 
In the phlegraean heart of the creative and volcanic Naples was born the "Orchestra Jazz Parthenopea di Pino Jodice e Giuliana Soscia". The project MEGARIDE drew its inspiration from the former tuff islet that was the birthplace of the ancient Parthenope - now a peninsula. Naples is thus seen as the cultural center of the Mediterranean, a crossroads of wonderful and artistically insuperable encounters where jazz today represents an important and well-established reality.
 
The musicians involved are: Pino Jodice (conductor, compositions, arrangements and piano), Giuliana Soscia (conductor, compositions, arrangements and accordion), Paolo Fresu (compositions, trumpet, flugelhorn and live-electronic), Giovanni Imparato (percussions and vocal), Domenico Guastafierro (flute), Enzo Amazio (guitar), Alexandre Cerdà Belda (tuba), Luciano Bellico, Claudio Cardito, Gianluca Vigliar, Valerio Virzo, Nicola Rando (saxophones), Gianfranco Campagnoli, Lorenzo Federici, Fabio Renzullo, Pino Melfi, Umberto Paudice (trumpets), Alessandro Tedesco, Francesco Izzo, Pasquale Mosca, Michelangelo Grisi (trombones), Marco De Tilla (double bass and electric bass), Pietro Iodice (drums).
 
 
 
 

Finally available CLASSICAL IN DIXIELAND, the new project by TIGER DIXIE BAND.

In this album, dedicated to the relationship between jazz and European classical music, the Band proposes, in typical dixie-jazz style, some of the most famous themes of the greatest classical composers. From Bizet to Rossini, from Beethoven to Vivaldi, from Bach to Debussy.

 

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Available on CD or in all digital stores the new album by Italian singer Eloisa Atti. Immediately appreciated by Italian critics, this album dedicated to the music of Billie Holiday offers a personal rendering of songs famously interpreted by Lady Day as well as of some of her compositions, like the fine title track itself "Everything happens for the best".

100% Jazz: swinging retro atmosphere in which the intimate interpretations of Atti's voice are accompanied by some of the biggest names of the Italian scene: Matteo Raggi (tenor sax), Maurizio Piancastelli (trumpet), Davide Brillante (guitar), Emiliano Pintori (piano), Stefano Senni (double bass), Vittorio Sicbaldi (drums). The last track is a catchy remix version of "Your Mother's Son in Law" in a perfect Electro-Swing style created by DJ Farrapo with whom Atti often collaborates.

Track List:

1) Your Mother’s Son in Law
2) Comes Love
3) Me, Myself and I
4) Everything Happens for the Best
5) What a Little Moonlight Can Do
6) On the Sentimental Side
7) Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone
8) Tell Me More and More and Then Some
9) Twenty-Four Hours a Day
10) Now or Never
11) Don’t Know if I’m Coming or Going
12) Eeney Meeney Miney Moe
13) I Get Along Without You Very Well
14) Your Mother’s Son in Law  (DJ Farrapo Remix)

 

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COSE SONORE and RAGTIME MANAGEMENT present the first volume of the compilation IN SWING WE TRUST, selected for listeners and dancers. Available on CD or in all digital stores.
The mission of Ragtime Cultural Association is preserving, promoting  and spreading a music for swing dancers and the label COSE SONORE joins in and with the collection IN SWING WE TRUST puts together some of the best italian musicians and bands which wonderfully continue the tradition of the music which was born in America at the beginning of the last century, went through all kinds of contamination, helped people's integration, brought together incredible amounts of people dancing happily just as it's doing again right now, one century after.
Seventeen tracks including some classic songs of the beginning of the XX century like "Dinah", "Some of These Days", "Me Myself and I", "Tuxedo Junction" starring Giorgio Cuscito, Paolo Tomelleri, Lara Luppi and Greg, Mauro Ottolini, Eloisa Atti and many more.

 

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Welcome to an extraordinary artist proposing with Cose Sonore her album Hot Cherries, today on all Digital Stores. Lara Luppi, featuring The Vintage Kings sings in this album dedicated to Swing, Lindy-Hop and Retro-Vintage, twelve songs taken from the most significant repertoire of the genre: from Comes Love to Sixteen Tons passing through Blue Skies, from Willie and the Hand Jive to Baby It's Cold Outside sung in duet with Claudio "Greg" Gregori.

 

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Available in all digital stores (Downloads and Streaming) the new ChillOut / TripHop / TrapMusic compilation . Twenty tracks and so much unreleased music for over 80 minutes of seductive down-tempo with Mark Lowell, Hueso Negro, Skin 4, Mamita's Beach, Steve Parson, Alex Sirvent & DJ Lilgo and many others. An exciting and unusual Ambient/Power mix.

 

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