"Ciao Bella" is translated to "Hi/Bye Beautiful," in the Italian language. The track fondly reminded me of some of great jazz music I was introduced to in the early 80's such as Al DiMeola, Lee Ritenour (Captain Fingers) and Flora Purim. The music danced in my head and made my body want to move.
It is with great pleasure I am featuring Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann and a track off their new release Beyond Borders. When you look at the cover of the CD it says so much and it expresses how music has no prejudice and anyone in the world can listen and relate to it.
"Ciao Bella" just floats along on a cloud of notes with beautiful female vocalizations and smooth jazz and world fusion elements. It is a highlight of the new release to be sure.
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck Rating 5/5
More About Beyond Borders:
Inspired by their love of music and cultures, Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann tour and travel
extensively, drawing inspiration from the world’s diversity. Their
compositions take you on a global voyage, from the streets of Havana and
Rio de Janeiro, the evocative traditions of India and the Middle East,
to the romantic café and cinema music of France and Italy, the haunting
sounds of the Native American pow wow, and the worldbeat rhythms of West
Africa and the Caribbean, all blended with contemporary jazz, western
classical, and folk music influences.
Several songs on Beyond Borders are tributes: to jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar, and Beatle George Harrison. The songs also feature many former members of Do’a and Unu Mondo, joined by outstanding world-class musicians from many countries. Five years in the making, Beyond Borders is a “Magnum Opus” for Armstrong and Nahrmann, a collection of songs composed over a 40-year span of creative output, dedicated to the belief that music has the power to uplift the human spirit and be a catalyst for change in the world.
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