Well-known extracts from popular film scores by Italian composer Nino Rota (1911-1979) played by a stellar jazz quintet featuring Richard Galliano (accordion, trombone in track 1), John Surman (soprano saxophone and alto clarinet), Dave Douglas (trumpet), Boris Kozlov (double bass), Clarence Penn (drums). The music has a joyful simplicity, it is instantly accessible while retaining its essential nobility (words borrowed from the liner notes), improvisation is very limited (all tracks quite short) while attention is entirely focused on lyricism and melodies presented without betraying the spirit of the original film scores. No complex jazz that reinvents and elaborates the original compositions. Instead jazz that mediates between New Orleans rhythms and Italian music colours. This is not a contemporary jazz album as you would expect from a quintet featuring Douglas and Surman, this is not a mere compilation of the best melodies by Rota, this is a beautiful and highly enjoyable sequence of music sketches by Rota masterly and lively played by some of the finest musicians around, and I do not know other places where you can find these film scores performed so well. Recommended.