Out now on the AlfaMusic label, ‘The Italian Smooth Jazz All-Starz’ is, as the title suggests it might be, a seventeen-track compilation of some of the best Italian contemporary jazz around. It is a really top notch collection which includes fabulous tracks such as Renato Falaschi’s ‘Following My Soul’ and ‘Top Down’ by Gianni Vancini that are both right up there with the best that the CD has to offer.
Make no mistake, ‘The Italian Smooth Jazz All-Starz’ is one of those albums that is bursting with standout tracks and very much in this category is ‘Times Square’ from Urban T that checks every smooth jazz box imaginable.
Elsewhere, the mid tempo groove of ‘Unlimited’ from the Smooth Operator Project proves to be a total joy while the hard driving ‘Swagger’ showcases the unmistakable sound of sax-man Rocco Ventrella. Other featured artists include Amedeo Bianchi, Giò Lombardi, Marcello Sutera, Lorenzo Definti, Maurizio Grondona Group, Da Nu Jazz 4et, Danilo Riccardi, Piero del Prete, Carlo Micheli, and Angelo Trane while some of the genre’s best session men, Eric Marienthal, Gary Novak, Ricky Lawson, Greg Manning, Alex Al, André Berry, Darryl Williams, Gorden Campbell, are variously around to lend a hand.
All things considered this is Smooth Jazz “Made in Italy” at is very best.