Papik presents Virginia Mancaniello - RESTA CU’ MME

The vocalist of No-Lounge returns to interpret Neapolitan classics together with the nu-jazz music icon, Papik. More than ten years after the release of the album “Napoli,” published with the No-Lounge project and becoming a cult in its genre, Virginia Mancaniello accepts the invitation of the Roman producer and records, this time in her own name, a new concept dedicated to Neapolitan folk songs.

In anticipation of summer, with this first single, Papik and Virginia Mancaniello thus preview the release of the album “Ritorno a Napoli.” The reinterpretation of Modugno's famous song “Resta Cu’ mme,” with its compelling rhythm supported by percussion, strings, and horns in perfect “Papik” style, will undoubtedly brighten summer evenings. The album, scheduled for September, will feature 14 tracks chosen from the most classic Neapolitan repertoire, revisited, spanning nu-jazz, chillout, and bossa nova in an engaging alternation of acoustic and electronic sounds.

MONTECARLO DIAMONDS

MONTECARLO DIAMONDS"

is the first album of original songs, performed by the South African singer and model Nicole Magolie, and produced by the icon of nu-jazz/lounge music, Papik. Ten tracks wrotten by the two artists in hip-hop, soul, jazz, dance, and R&B. With diverse listening experience the album is characterized by Nicole's captivating vocals and Papik's distinctive style.

The album's release was preceded by the introduction of two singles: "Montecarlo," one of the most-played tracks on major Italian and French radio stations throughout the summer, and "Walkin Walkin." The focus track for this release is the single "Crazy for You," a nu-disco-inspired track with an '80s flavor. The entire album is available in all stores in physical CD and on all digital platforms. It is also available in a spatial audio format (Dolby Atmos) for platforms that support this technology.

Walkin Walkin

WALKIN WALKIN

is the second single chosen to present Papik's new project, featuring the singer, model, and performer from South Africa, Nicole Magolie. This release anticipates the album "Montecarlo Diamonds," which is set to be released in October. Following the radio success of the first single "Montecarlo," heavily played throughout the summer on RMC and other major Italian and French radio stations, this second track is characterized by Soul and R&B sound. Once again co-written by the two artists, "Walkin Walkin" is an introspective yet alluring song, distinguished by Papik's unmistakable style and Nicole's typical sensual vocal character. Down Tempo, but it doesn't lack that constant desire for movement present throughout the album. Starting from September 15th, the song will be available on all radio stations and digital stores, also in spatial audio format (Dolby Atmos) for platforms that support this format. The presentation of the single comes with the black-and-white videoclip directed and produced by Simone Pirazzoli, filmed while “Walkin Walkin” through the streets of the Principality of Monaco... "Walkin Walkin… Till I find you."

NAPOLI | 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago “Napoli” by No-Lounge was released, an album that would become a cult among the Nu-Jazz / Lounge Music genre. The musicians’ take on some of the most significant works of the Neapolitan repertoire, from “Dicitencello Vuie” to “Anema e core”, “Malafemmena”, “Tu si na cosa grande”, have since entered the charts of digital stores all over the world. Years ago the Italian newspaper “Il Mattino” wrote: “You just can’t walk along the waterfront of Naples without happening to hear a tune by No-Lounge.” Today, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release, its label Alman Music introduces the remaster of the whole album, enhanced for the best possible listening experience, both on analog and digital. It is now available, starting from today, the 33 RPM vinyl edition in brick-and-mortar record stores, and the Spatial Audio “Dolby Atmos” version on digital sellers that support this new format. The high definition (Hi-Res Audio) version will also be available on suitable platforms.

Montecarlo

MONTECARLO

is the first single chosen to introduce Papik’s brand new project in partnership with South-African singer, model and performer Nicole Magolie. This track comes ahead of the upcoming album “Montecarlo Diamonds” that will be released shortly after summer 2023. Co-wrote by those two artists, “Montecarlo” is a groovy, fresh song with a catchy refrain in a renewed “disco” style, one of these songs that make you feel like tapping your foot or -even better- to jump up and dance...and chill out. Starting on May 25th the song will air on every radio station and will be available from every digital store, even in spatial audio (Dolby Atmos) on suitable platforms. On the same day there will be the release of its own video clip, written and directed by Simone Pirazzoli, shot in a luxury location right in the City of the Principality of Monaco. The collaboration between the two artists will form the album’s ten original tracks, that range from Hip Hop, to Soul, Jazz, Dance and R ‘n’ B flavors. An album that delivers an ever-changing, yet always captivating listening experience, with Nicole’s voice and Papik’s unique style.

NICOLE MAGOLIE

South African model and singer, native English speaker, originally from South Africa, Nicole Magolie is best known in Italy through her presence on the main television networks.  She has taken part in many TV programs on the RAI networks (most recently in the cast of the RAI 2 program “Voice Anatomy” conducted by Pino Insegno).  She appears in numerous national commercials as a protagonist, including that of the last European Football Championships and is currently testimonial of Matera European Capital of Culture.

She is one of the main attractions of the Hotel de Paris in Montecarlo and she has an intense live activity throughout Italy.  She has also taken part in international productions such as "Dream Girl Hollywood".  She participated in numerous music projects as a soloist, collaborating with No-Lounge, Take B and New Project Orchestra. She released in 2022 her first album "Don't Ever Go" dedicated to Jazz Standards with the extraordinary participation of some of the most important soloists of the Italian and international jazz scene (Fabrizio Bosso, Javier Girotto, Max Ionata and Fiorenzo Zeni).

Bird Lives Again! - New Project Orchestra

More than 100 years have passed since Kansas City gave birth to Charlie Parker: it was August 29th, 1920.

Parker was the leading character and forerunner of one of the most important and influential revolutions that rocked the Jazz world: Bebop. Whereas Bird was the star,  Dizzy Gillespie was the great communicator and promoter and Thelonious Monk the genius architect: an unrepeatable triumvirate. Up to nowadays they are still considered the bards and prophets of the bop language, with whom generations of musicians confront. 

In 2020 Parker would have been 100, a century of Bird: but, to follow in the damned artist's tradition, almost every centennial celebration was cancelled due to the pandemic that forced humanity to pause every possible running activity.

New Project Orchestra couldn't miss those celebrations and had set up a vast special program for Charlie Parker and his musical universe, coordinated and lead by arranger and guitarist Roberto Spadoni, with whom they had already crafted various orchestral works in the previous decade: Spadoni had shaped almost every arrangement, and had also come up with two original compositions in Parker's style (Fuga di notizie and Times have changed). The repertoire, the revisited bebop language, the sound of Bird as gravitational still points around which to develop the orchestral loom and the soloist's contributions, a heartfelt and must tribute to this great Musician. Obviously, everything stood still in March 2020...

Eventually now, back on track, the orchestra reunited and the whole Bird lives again! project has been recorded at the Collettivo Mood studio, brand new recording space in Bolzano that has opened its doors right on this work. 

Segment, Mouse the mooche, Ornitology, Scrapple from the apple, Au privave, My little suede shoes, Confirmation, here are a few of the included track, masterpieces that warm every jazz lovers's heart. In the New Project Orchestra lineup - beside long-time soloists Paolo Trettel, Stefano Menato, Fiorenzo Zeni (also author of three of the arrangements), Gigi Grata, Stefano Colpi - three special guests have been welcomed: Francesco Fratini trumpet, Achille Succi alto sax and clarinet, Mauro Beggio on the drums.

The concert is enriched by the narrating voice of Roberto Spadoni, always captivating and enthralling the audience sharing stories and trivia on the personal, historical, artistic and social context during which Charlie Parker's shooting star enlightened the world of Jazz and of Music of the Twentieth Century. BIRD LIVES AGAIN!

Marziani, Napolitano e Del pezzo, Jazz from Naples

Cose Sonore (Alman Music) presents the first project from the trio of Francesco Marziani (piano), Antonio Napolitano (double-bass) and Massimo Del Pezzo (drum). The three Neapolitan musicians, life- and music companions since their early youth, showcase a language that, even if rooted in the afro-american tradition, constantly seeks for contamination through the musical and cultural background of the Parthenopean territory. To Naples itself and to the figure of Troisi in specific the trio dedicates this first album, born from the shared urgency of giving artistic shape to a stream of ideas developed through the years. An album that wishes to be the forerunner of a project that puts sound and spontaneous expression in the first place, marked by improvisation and the choice of relying on analog tape recording technique. Eight tracks among which, alongside great compositions by Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Fats Waller and others great figures, three original Marziani numbers find place: "Little Child", "Young Pretty Lady" and, of course, "Troisi".

QVINTESSENCE - GHOSTS

Ghosts and rats haunt “Ghosts”, the debut single by Qvintessence, by which the Bolognese rock band wants to exorcise the "skeletons in the closet" and the "ghosts" that we carry inside.

They speak of infamous people, those who have marked us through small gestures and have obtained a place of dishonor in our soul.

Rock music through its communicative energy becomes a vehicle and catharsis of the most intimate essence of the band, which has its musical roots in the Seattle grunge of the early 90s.

The videoclip, out next 20th March, has the signature of director Simone Casadio Pirazzoli who, after directing the video of “Our new world” by Dream Theater, returns to deal with distorted guitars and heavy drums.

Everything were shot at the Ex Psychiatric Hospital of the Osservanza hospital in Imola, a place that brings to mind one of the darkest pages of our recent history, but makes a fundamental contribution to the video clip, underlining the anxieties that the song tells. .

“Ghosts” comes out on DeepOut Records and anticipates the homonymous album Qvintessence, which will be available from the end of May on CD, vinyl and on all digital platforms.

 

ROARING CHRISTMAS by Tiger Dixie Band & Greta Marcolongo

ROARING CHRISTMAS - Available on CD or in all digital store.

The Tiger Dixie Band lead us into the year's most awaited night, with the jolly energy of primeval jazz and the grace of the New Orleans sound, through an artistic project that fully captures the Christmas spirit. Properly dedicated to the "Roarin' Age" and graced by the featuring of vocalist Greta Marcolongo, the album features a blend between some of the most evoking classics of the traditional Christmas repertoire -rearranged for this project- with a few less-known "rare gems" uncovered in ancient recordings. The sixteen tracks of the playlist also showcase original tunes composed by the band members, starting off with the first track "Singin' by the Christmas tree".
 
 
The Tiger Dixie Band is particularly involved in rediscovering jazz of the so-called Roarin' Age, with an original and up-to-date approach. Typical nuances of the New Orleans and Chicago style, of Charleston and Ragtime, are philologically proposed both in style and spirit (also thanks to the use of original instruments of the time), but the sound anyway flows through the modern musical experiences of the single Band members, which melt together in execution, arrangement and improvisation, avoiding by this a mere "revival" effect and celebrating viceversa the statement that this musical genre hasn't aged, just like Swing or Bebop.
 
The album features Paolo Trettel (trumpet), Stefano Menato (clarinet), Fiorenzo Zeni (tenor saxophone), Luigi Grata (trombone), Andrea Boschetti (banjo, guitars and ukulele), Stefano Caniato (piano), Giorgio Beberi (bass saxophone), Daniele Patton (drums). With special guest vocalist Greta Marcolongo.
 

1) Singin’ by the Christmas Tree di S. Caniato
2) White Christmas di I. Berlin
3) Santa Claus Is Coming to Town di F. Coots
4) Winter Wonderland di F. Bernard
5) Rudolph’s Tumble di F. Zeni
6) The Happiest Christmas Tree di C. Lynn
7) Tu Scendi dalle Stelle / Sleigh Sliding di S. Caniato
8) Snowy Rag di S. Caniato
9) Amazing Grace di L. Grata
10) The First Noel di S. Caniato
11) Jingle Bells di G. Beberi
12) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer di J. Marks
13) 25/12 (O Tannenbaum) di L. Grata
14) Dixie Christmas di F. Zeni
15) Frosty the Snowman di S. Nelson
16) Stille Nacht (Silent Night) di D. Bonvecchio

 

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NICOLE MAGOLIE meets NO-LOUNGE - Red Moonlight

Nicole Magolie meets NO-LOUNGE | From Friday 4th June RED MOONLIGHT in all digital stores!

Eight years ago No-Lounge released the album "NAPOLI" destined to become a "cult" in Nu-Jazz / Lounge-Music. Even the South African performer Nicole Magolie was bewitched by the sounds of the great melodies of the Neapolitan Song through the arrangements of this album.

“I perfectly remember that evening in Naples when I listened to the No-Lounge version of Luna Rossa for the first time: what a wonderful alchemy.  Stunned, I found myself spontaneously singing the same refrain in English.  I was in the company of some friends and among them my inseparable artistique partner Gabriele Gentile who immediately picked up the phone and asked me to repeat once more to record a vocal note.  I don't know exactly which route it took when  he made that recording, but it ended up being listened to by No-Lounge and Alman Music too and I magically found myself shortly after in Imola to record their version of “Red Moonlight”… Thanks!”

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