Sunday, May 27, 2007

Considerable Sounds: A Blast from the Past! Gino Vannelli - Pauper in Paradise

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By DC Music Editor Benjamin New

Gino In Atlantic City 1999

Canadian singer songwriter, Gino Vannelli wore many hats. Composer, vocalist, conductor, etc.
His father was a big band musician and the "big band" sound is evident in Gino's music. Gino's brother, Joe, arranged and played keyboards for most of his recording career. At a time when polyphonic synthesizers were non-existent, like Wendy Carlos, Joe overdubbed multiple parts to create a texture of sound that was remarkably coherent and full, often adding fat analog warmth to real live orchestras used in the recordings. Jazz, Rock, Funk and Swing are all spoken here like a native tongue but fused in a metal of glorious colors unlike any other.

As in the music of Steely Dan, (who will undoubtedly be making an appearance in this column before too long) I hear a bit of Count Basie and Duke Ellington lurking in the background. It was Herb Alpert (The A in A&M records) that signed Gino to his 1st recording contract. We spotlight this work for its independent spirit and it's vision that was contrary to the flavor of the day.

Gino now lives and works in The Netherlands (2007) and is collaborating with Dutch Jazz pianist Michiel Borstlap. They are working on a new CD, so keep your ears peeled. Gino will be appearing at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands on Saturday, July 14, 2007.
Tickets available here.

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  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M

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1. Mardi Gras
2. Valleys Of Valhalla
3. The Surest Things Can Change
4. One Night With You
5. A Song And Dance
6. Black And Blue
7. A Pauper In Paradise: 1st Movement
8. A Pauper In Paradise: 2nd Movement
9. A Pauper In Paradise: 3rd Movement
10. A Pauper In Paradise: 4th Movement

Below is the most recent classic contribution to music in tribute to 911 from Vannelli -- None So Beautiful! It begins with a 15-second newsy bit but just wait for this awesome track. He has one of the best male voices in the world!

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kweenkong said...

Aaaah, Gino Vanelli!!! This brings back such sweet memories. Thanks for giving recognition to a true musical genius who I just don't hear enough from/about these days. Timeless classics, every album!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I miss Gino. Thanks for the story. It brought back some wonderful memories.

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