|No – it's not named after
Pizza but after the evocative Neapolitan chord which is a minor
subdominant with a raised 5th. In B minor it's a C major chord.
Metabolic Age (Jacob Fischer)
||At a gig I stumbled upon the TANITA body
composition analyzer which supposedly through your bare feet can
calculate BMI, fat, bone and muscle percentage and : Metabolic age...
mine was 27 :-) .. the song is loosely based on the chord changes to
”Young At Heart”
Small Teardrop (Jacob Fischer)
||I finished this tune only the day before
recording and it has a certain sadness about it.
|Django (John Lewis)
||The title song of the album is a modern jazz
classic written by pianist John Lewis for ”the Modern Jazz Quartet” in
the year Django died (1953)
|Sonho Carioca (Jacob Fischer)
||I've always been a big fan of Brazilian music
and musicians – not least the amazing guitarists ! I had my first visit
to Brazil in 2011 a ”Sonho Carioca” come true.
|Theme For Ernie (Fred Lacey)
||Always had this ”film noir” empty rainy streets
feeling about this beautiful ballad. Loved it ever since I first heard
it with John Coltrane who made it famous. Ernie is altosax Ernie Henry
who had a very short life.
Frère Joseph (Jacob Fischer)
||This tune is dedicated to Djangos brother
Joseph who played rhythm guitar in the Hot Club de France – and also a
tribute to all the unsung heroes of the rhythm guitar.
|Retrato Em Branco e Preto
||Another fantastic composition by A.C. Jobim.
Its secondary title means gypsy in portuguese very appropriate for the
concept of this album
|Accent Circonflexe (Jacob
francophile title. The ^ is not only a linguistic term - in music it
represents an accented short note - of which there are plenty in this
|Brother Can You Spare A
Dime ? (Harburg/Gorney)
||Recently I was offered some solo guitar
recitals which I reluctantly accepted knowing it is an enormous
challenge – musically and instrumentally - I'm finally beginning to
enjoy it. A good thing about the financial crisis is that all of a
sudden you'll hear Bing Crosby singing this song on a very serious
radio programme about the sad state of the economy.
|Parisian Thorughfare (Bud
||OK this is your wake-up call if you've been
dozing off a bit from the velvety sound of accordion and acoustic
guitar – program music by Bebop innovator Bud Powell portraying
Parisian (accentuated by the accordion) traffic. Imagine yourself in
the middle of one of the 6 lane round-abouts with no lane stripes..it's
rush hour and you're trying to fight your way to the right exit..
|Amarcord (Nino Rota)
||Hearing our version of this someone said :
”It's just like being there” meaning ”Bella Italia” – so you just saved
the trip ! Francesco contributed this lovely tune by his fellow
countryman Nino Rota the famed composer of some of the worlds greatest
film music scores. This is actually two pieces from the Fellini film
Amarcord put together.
Hugos Howl (Jacob Fischer)
||I wrote this as a feature for my friend Hugo
Rasmussen who of course plays bass on this album but is also (in)famous
for his oral contributions on stage i.a. Howls.
|Den Allersidste Dans (Kai
||The Very Last Dance is a Danish standard
Francesco suggested we add to our repertoire.
|Huset På Christianshavn
the theme song of a popular TV show in Denmark written by our friend
pianist Steen Holkenov.