O Sole Mio! Music From the Motherland

“Speak Softly, Love”

(Cellar Live/Reel to Real)

On his latest release, O Sole Mio! Music From the Motherland (Cellar Live/Reel to Real), alto saxophonist Cory Weeds celebrates the music of Italy, putting a jazz spin on some of the country’s best-loved songs, as well as favorites by Italian-American artists. Accompanied by organist Mike LeDonne’s established quintet — tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Joe Farnsworth — the Vancouver-born Weeds reinterprets classics such as the title track, as well as the Nino Rota composition “Speak Softly, Love.” The latter tune became a standard of sorts when it was featured in The Godfather and subsequently covered by the likes of Andy Williams and Al Martino. Naturally, Weeds and company inject a healthy dose of swing, the intertwining saxophones swirling around Hammond B3 atmospherics and an insistent backbeat. Each player receives ample time to stretch out, the solos all contributing to the sensuous feel of the track which calls to mind scenes from Francis Ford Coppola’s masterwork. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

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