Nino Mammina

Son Brother Father

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Nino Mammina covers a wide range of music in his debut recording, made for his family-owned label Mamma Grace. Although it is clearly a jazz date and Mammina is backed by some good instrumentalists, his vocals lean a bit more toward pop, something that becomes a bit more apparent with his occasional overdubbing of a harmony line. While jazz fans may enjoy his renditions of "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "My Funny Valentine" and "Fly Me to the Moon," the inclusion of a funky take of Kris Kristofferson's "One Day at a Time," the sappy "He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother)," along with the tiresome repetitious "I Can See Clearly Now" have no appeal whatsoever. The resulting mixed-bag approach is particularly questionable for a debut recording, appearing somewhat like a job applicant who has a little background in several fields instead of expertise in one.

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