LifeFlight

by Roberto Manzin

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    Roberto Manzin: Tenor Sax
    James Weidman: Piano
    Harvie S: Double Bass
    Gene Jackson: Drums
    Additional EWI and Keys in 'It Was Time': Roberto Manzin
    Additional Steel Pan in 'Welcome Back': Susannah Flack
    Recording Engineer: Tom Tedesco
    Mix: Roberto Manzin
    Recorded on 14th of May 2015 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ, USA
    Additional instruments recorded June 2015 at SN Studios, London, UK
    1. North 33rd Street Samba
    I wrote this song this year by mistake, I was writing an outro for another song, thinking about Coltrane's changes (ie. Giant Steps) but with a minor Samba flavour and the idea took off by itself. I then decided to add a B section reversing the motion of the Coltrane's changes and using a similar approach to Jobim's 'One Note Samba' which keeps playing the same note while the underlying harmony changes. The title refers to a historical location in the USA, that you'll have to find out about with a little Google investigative work; the first person who emails me with an explanation of what this location is will have the album for free.
    2. Ethereal Connections (African cross rhythm 6/4)
    In 1985, when I was 19 years old, I had to serve for one year in the Army, as it was compulsory in Italy. Of course I found my way into an army Marching Band "Banda Divisione Mantova", also the "Eagle Jazz Band", a Big Band formed of conscripted young musicians. Both formations were based in the Udine's barracks. Shortly before being assigned to the Udine's barracks, while I was serving in Orvieto, I got ill, and needed an urgent operation to remove my appendix. Since my parents where living in Milan, about 5 hours driving from Orvieto, I decided not to tell them until after the operation, so that they would not rush to reach me. When I eventually called home from the hospital after the operation, my mum told me that on that same day she had heard my voice calling her several times. My father confirmed that she had turned around looking for me while queuing at the grocery shop, explaining that she had heard me calling her. That was the first time I found out about these ethereal connections, and today I still sometimes feel the urge to call some relative or good friend, only to find out that something major was just happening in their life that I did not know about; I wrote this song in 2014 thinking about this.
    3. LifeFlight (Soca)
    This song is from 2014 and is dedicated to myself and my family. Almost every day I hear my precious wife Susannah practising her instrument and I think that inspired this song, that is why I asked her to overdub the song in London, after I recorded this album in the USA.
    4. It Was Time (Ballad)
    I wrote this song during a dark time in my life, in the 1990s, a time when I was desperately hoping things would be better, that song never had a title until, thanks to some difficult choices that I made, my life started to change and became eventually wonderful, hence the title 'It Was Time'.
    5. Cap d'Ail (Swing)
    It is a nice little town on the French riviera, just west of Monaco/Montecarlo, where I spent time playing a daily resident gig in the summer of 2003 (if I am not mistaken). The band's keyboard player had a very good sounding, bright red new keyboard from the Nord somewhere and this came out of my enjoying playing it.
    In a Sentimental Loop (Bossa Nova)
    This song comes from my funny thoughts of Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder, two of my favourite musicians ever, meeting up and writing a song together; when you listen you will understand. Originally I wanted to realise an album entirely composed of counterfeits but eventually I gave up the idea and decided to add in every new album an amusing form of them, this one is from 2012.
    6. Send The Mist Away (Ballad)
    When I was a teenager, around 1980, my parents didn't want me to play anything that wasn't Classical Music with our upright Piano. My mum would lock it with it's key when leaving me home alone, I therefore had to make my own key out of an aluminium canned meat key, to unlock the Piano and play freely whatever crossed my mind. This song's A section is one of those things which crossed my mind at that time, the B section came later in 2014 to complete the song. Back then, when I heard the lift coming to our floor, I had to quickly lock the Piano and pretend I had not been playing it. I think my parents never found out, I can't ask them as sadly they have both since passed away.
    7. In a Sentimental Loop (Bossa Nova)
    This song comes from my funny thoughts of Duke Ellington and Stevie Wonder, two of my favourite musicians ever, meeting up and writing a song together; when you listen you will understand. Originally I wanted to realise an album entirely composed of counterfeits but eventually I gave up the idea and decided to add in every new album an amusing form of them, this one is from 2012.
    8. A Waltz About Love And Other Wow Things
    Sax and Piano, a little unpretentious piece; Self explanatory :-D
    A special thanks to these people that made this recording possible: My wife Susannah Flack, my daughter Giorgia and my son Eduardo, Harvie S, James Weidman, Gene Jackson, Jerome Harper, Kevin Harris, Tom Tedesco, Simone Vernazza, Roland Perrin and the Almighty.
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    Content of the 4gb USB flash drive:
    - LifeFlight album in CD quality, MP3 and high
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    - LifeFlight album notes in pdf format
    - Lead sheets "Roberto Manzin Music Vol. 1" containing 16 songs, in pdf
    - Roberto Manzin electronic press kit text in pdf
    - Eight bonus tracks from R. Manzin previous albums
    - Videos
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    LifeFLight Cassette + Digital Download Code.
    Compact Cassette type I recorded in real time directly from the 96kHz 24bit digital master.

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    LifeFLight Cassette +USB Flash Memory 4GB
    Compact Cassette type I recorded in real time directly from the 96kHz 24bit digital master.
    Content of the 4gb USB flash drive:
    - LifeFlight album in CD quality, MP3 and high
    resolution audio 96kHz 24bit.
    - LifeFlight album notes in pdf format
    - Lead sheets "Roberto Manzin Music Vol. 1" containing 16 songs, in pdf
    - Roberto Manzin electronic press kit text in pdf
    - Eight bonus tracks from R. Manzin previous albums
    - Videos

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released January 1, 2016

Roberto Manzin: Tenor Sax
James Weidman: Piano
Harvie S: Double Bass
Gene Jackson: Drums

Additional EWI and Keys in 'It Was Time': Roberto Manzin
Additional Steel Pan in 'Welcome Back': Susannah Flack

Recording Engineer: Tom Tedesco
Mix: Roberto Manzin

Recorded on 14th of May 2015 at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ, USA
Additional instruments recorded June 2015 at SN Studios, London, UK

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