Pino Daniele

Ricomincio Da 30

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A three-CD, 45-track collection, Ricomincio da 30 celebrates Pino Daniele's 30 years in music. The third Daniele compilation to be released (in addition to a handful of live albums with substantially similar material), Ricomincio da 30's main attraction lies not so much in being the most exhaustive, but rather in the inclusion of several new recordings. There are four brand new songs, the single "Anéma e Còre," "L'Ironia di Sempre," "Acqua 'e Rose," and "O Munn Va" (from the soundtrack of La Seconda Volta Non Si Scorda Mai), as well as no less that 18 rearranged versions of old classics, such as "Napule È" or "Je So' Pazzo." Thus, half the album effectively consists of previously unreleased material. Of particular interest to Daniele, or modern Neapolitan music fans, is that for the new material, Daniele summoned his old musical partners James Senese, Tony Esposito, Tullio De Piscopo, Rino Zurzolo, and Joe Amoruso. This stellar group, sometimes referred as the "Neapolitan Power", parted ways in 1981, leaving behind what is probably Daniele's best and most seminal period, the blossoming of his innovative mix of Neapolitan musical and lyrical traditions with American blues, jazz, and funk. From the mid-'80s onward Daniele became a world music celebrity, but paid the price with a more generic sound and less consistent records. He always remained a good, occasionally very good, songwriter (particularly of the Neapolitan dialect), an exceptional guitarist and singer, and an overall fabulous performer (not to mention a warm human being), who captivated audiences and fellow musicians alike. Out of Daniele's countless high profile collaborations, Ricomincio da 30's gallery of guests include jazz luminaries Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, and Mike Mainieri, as well as Italian star Giorgia and Israel's Noa. Ricomincio da 30 is a more than comprehensive portrait of a unique artist, offering almost three hours of superbly played, truly excellent music. However, it cannot be recommended without some reservations: for newcomers, it may be overkill; for old fans, the new songs and versions are all fine, but hardly essential. Above all, because Pino Daniele's studio albums have, more often than not, ostensibly suffered from overproduction, the same material played live by the same musicians becomes something quite different. The bottom line is, if you want a Pino Daniele compilation, any of his live albums (such as the amazing E Sona Mo) may prove to be the wisest choice, not to mention the most fun.

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