Extra-Muros

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: LE CHANT DU MONDE FR
  • UPC: 794881788828
  • Catalog Number: 1400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Per Accompagnarti (4:07)
  2. 2 Un Po' Di Là del Mare (3:16)
  3. 3 Come un' America (4:32)
  4. 4 Cavalli Di Frisia (3:53)
  5. 5 Il Mio Gallo (3:56)
  6. 6 Joking Lady (3:43)
  7. 7 Il Viaggio (3:33)
  8. 8 Via da Quest' Avventura (3:08)
  9. 9 La Ca Sla Colin-A (4:44)
  10. 10 Un' Altra Città (3:12)
  11. 11 Extra-Muros (3:40)
  12. 12 Canto (2:45)
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Album Credits

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
Jean-Pierre Bouquet Mastering
Leonardo Sanchez Arranger
D. Richard Lewis Composer
Uncle Dave Lewis Arranger, Artistic Director
Nicole Courtois translation
Claudio Dadone Arranger
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