Enrico Pieranunzi - Ma L'Amore No

Enrico Pieranunzi - Ma L'Amore No
Recording Location: Mu Rec Studios, Milan, Italy
Genre: Vocal
Recording Date: February 16, 1997 & February 17, 1997
Album: Ma L'Amore No
Release Date: February 3, 1998
Artist: Enrico Pieranunzi
Duration: 01:01:41

This CD looks promising at first. A trio led by one of Europe's finest jazz pianists, Enrico Pieranunzi, occasional guest appearances by alto saxophonist Lee Konitz or fluegelhornist Enrico Rava, and a young Italian singer, Ada Monellanico. Piernanunzi's arrangements are consistently swinging, the musicians wail, and Monellanico has a strong, attractive voice on the seven tracks sung in Italian, even scatting an arco bass-like line in unison with her pianist on "Amore Fermati." The funky "Ma L'amore No" sounds like a New Orleans street parade, and she delivers a powerful vocal, backed by Rava's fine solo. The scatted introduction in unison with Pieranunzi's lively piano in the medley of "If You Turn Away" and "Who Can I Turn To?" is enjoyable, with a brief effective solo by Konitz, though the singer starts tripping up on words like "destiny." But her shortcomings on the remaining tracks sung in English are considerable, due either to her lack of familiarity with the language or an unwillingness to work hard enough to make herself clearly understood. "Fascinating Rhythm" starts out well enough, but there are a few more areas of sloppy enunciation. Pieranunzi's approach to "But Not for Me" is very unusual, with a repetitious bass vamp, but the hypnotic spell is broken by Montellanico's erratic enunciation. The Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill" is an inspired choice, but her repeated butchering of its words make painful to listen to. This inability to learn to pronounce English words correctly lowers the value of this otherwise impressive release by Ada Montellanico.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Amore Fermati / Caterina ZapponiEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico4:07
Fascinating Rhythm / George Gershwin / Ira GershwinEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico6:59
Ma l'Amore No / Giovanni D'Anzi / Michele GaldieriEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico4:55
Averti Tra le Braccia / Luigi TencoEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico4:15
Non Dimenticar le Mie ParoleEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico5:15
If You Turn Away/Who Can I Turn To? / Leslie Bricusse / Anthony Newley / Enrico PieranunziEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico5:11
Le Tue Mani / Machel Montano / Pino SpottiEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico6:53
Amore Baciami / G.C. TestoniEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico7:58
But Not for Me / George Gershwin / Ira GershwinEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico5:53
The Fool on the Hill / John Lennon / Paul McCartneyEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico4:50
Averti Tra le Braccia / Luigi TencoEnrico Pieranunzi feat: Ada Montellanico5:25

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