The new jazz album released by Parco della Musica Records, “Love Is The Sound Of Surprise,” features one of Italy’s most highly regarded jazz vocalists, Carla Marcotulli. Ten years after her last recording project, Carla Marcotulli returns to tell us twelve stories, performing twelve songs arranged by Dick Halligan, her longtime collaborator, famous for being the founder of the jazz rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Great jazz musicians collaborated on the record: in addition to Dick Halligan on piano and keyboards (replaced on two tracks by Greg Burk and in one from Gilda Buttà), we find. Bruce Ditmas on drums, Antonio Leofreddi on viola, Sandro Gibellini on guitar, Marco Siniscalco on bass, John Thomas and Stefano Cantarano on double bass, Pietro Tonolo on soprano sax, Giancarlo Maurino on tenor, Rossano Emili on baritone, Aldo Bassi on trumpet, Mario Corvini, Stan Adam on trombone and in a track Israel Varela on percussion.
The songs are all original except for the standard “God Bless the Child,” a spontaneous tribute to the most beloved singer of the Marcotulli; the words of “I am nobody” are taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson, from which the song “Io canto” is also inspired; “Vado di fretta” is co-written with Paul Pietrangeli to the music of Sandro Gibellini. “A Schubert Tune With a Gershwin Touch (Gretchen am Spinnrade)” is a lied by Schubert, arranged as a New Orleans-style funeral march with a surprise ending. The last track, “Needless To Say,” to lyrics by Greg Burk, uses his piano accompaniment and closes the disc with a free improvisation.