This record is as cool as it gets for a big band. Music you would expect from a noir crime flick soundtrack (with the obscure sexy lady whose husband got shot). But still classy. Here's some info about the band (stolen from Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music): "An all-star international big band based in Europe. Gigi Campi (b Pierluigi Campi, 15 December 1928; d 6 January 2010) was an architect and restaurateur who became a jazz producer. From 1949 to 1980 he ran the gelateria cafe Campi in Köln (Cologne) Germany, described by George Avakian as the 'best ice cream parlor in the world', where he hosted jazz concerts, and which soon became a meeting place for musicians. In the 1950s he founded the Mod and Old record labels. Accepting a dare, he organized a band around co-leaders pianist/arranger François 'Francy' Boland (b 6 November 1929, Namur, Belgium; d 12 August 2005) and drummer Kenny Clarke (see his entry): Campi had the band in the studio within weeks. Most of the albums were made in Köln, most available on Hans-Georg Brunner-Schwer's MPS label, not well distributed outside Europe. [...]" Lots of one-shots on this one also. Enjoy!
A1 Villa Radieuse
A2 Tween Dusk, And Dawn In Via Urbana
B Rosati At Popolo Square