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Extra-Muros

by Gianmaria Testa
 
Circa 2005, this might seemed like the most recent release for the Italian singer/songwriter, but it wasn't actually a new record, having first appeared in Europe ten years previously. However, it had aged remarkably well, with some superb backing from the likes of trumpeter David Lewis and François Moutin

Overview

Circa 2005, this might seemed like the most recent release for the Italian singer/songwriter, but it wasn't actually a new record, having first appeared in Europe ten years previously. However, it had aged remarkably well, with some superb backing from the likes of trumpeter David Lewis and François Moutin on bass (whose solo on "Un Po' di là del Mare" is one of the disc's instrumental highlights, a breathless piece of sheer virtuosity). By the time of this second record of his career, Testa himself was a more assured singer and writer, with much greater depth and finesse to his voice, able to put across emotion -- and humor -- more easily. The latter is quite apparent on the double entendres of "Il Mio Gallo," with its arrangement that evokes vintage jazz, or the frantic "Joking Lady." But he had a lot more going for him, like the lyrical "Come un' America," which offers a romantic, brokenhearted wistfulness, or the aforementioned "Un Po' di là del Mare," whose openly sentimental lyric probably shouldn't work -- but does. It confirms Testa as a talent, as he's shown in the CDs (and book) he's released since. This disc may have been a little late in arriving, but it was well worth the wait.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Le Chant Du Monde Fr
UPC:
0794881788828
catalogNumber:
1400

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Performance Credits

Gianmaria Testa   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Papa Dieye   Percussion
Jonathan Handelsman   Saxophone
Leonardo Sanchez   Guitar
François Moutin   Double Bass
Uncle Dave Lewis   Piano,Trumpet,Bugle
Claudio Dadone   Guitar
David Lewis   Piano,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Pape Dieye   Percussion
Jon Handelsman   Saxophone
Olivier Besenval   Drums

Technical Credits

Jonathan Handelsman   Arranger
Gianmaria Testa   Composer,translation,Artistic Director
Leonardo Sanchez   Arranger
D. Richard Lewis   Composer
Uncle Dave Lewis   Arranger,Artistic Director
Nicole Courtois   translation
Claudio Dadone   Arranger

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