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13 May 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 Jan. 2013
  • Release Date: 13 May 2013
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:01:06
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  • ASIN: B00CHRXK10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,705 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I heard 'Come To Me' on Jazz FM and was struck by the quality of Mario Biondi's voice. This track was like nothing I'd heard before and prompted me to explore this gifted artist. The inclusion of Leon Ware, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan and Incognito sold this CD to me. This guy is a real talent and sounds great singing in his native Italian (on one track). However, Mario is equally impressive singing in English on the remaining tracks, displaying a warm and soulful lyrical interpretation. The musicianship is very tight and the arrangements are first class. Standout tracks for me are 'Come To Me', 'Girl Blue', Shine On' and 'Lowdown'. However, the remaing tracks maintain the quality of this collection and make for a highly recommended jazz fusion CD. Buy with confidence.
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By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2013
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I was lucky enough to attend the event that premiered the contents of this album at a packed Albert Hall on May 10th 2013. (see customer images for details) Mario Biondi and Incognito played the whole album with guest appearances from Omar, James Taylor on Hammond Organ and with some great guitar solos from Jim Mullen.

Despite the fact that Bluey lead Incognito in some great arrangements with a tight band and large horn section - there was no doubt who was the star of the show. Mario Biondi owned the stage like the established star he no doubt is, in his home country and seemed genuinely surprised at the huge crowd and the warm reaction.

His vocal style is unique and live, appeared effortless - the depth of his voice combined with musical sophistication shone through on every song and the duets only showed him in a better light. The tunes and arrangements fused Jazz harmonies with funk and latin rhythms - syncopated brass riffs vie with percussion and driving bass on many tunes - while the occasional ballad exposes that wonderful voice to its best effect.

The album is a mixture of some tunes with Italian musicians which tend to be more complex and edging more towards Jazz - a favourite is "Come to me" - with its liting 3/4 Jazz groove and intricate horn arrangment. Tracks with Bluey and Incognito are funkier, while the duets can be much more contemporary in style.

Every tune had memorable melodies and interesting harmonies, finishing with the cover of Boz Scaggs "Lowdown" that has already appeared on Incognito's Transatlantic RPM - here making a fitting climax with Chaka Khan's contribution showing how Biondi is internationally regarded.
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I was also 'lucky' enough to be at The Royal Albert Hall on 10th May to witness this album performed in its entirety. I say lucky the sound mix on the night was very poor and the vocals were too low in the mix. The quality of the music shone through on that night and now I own the CD I can hear Mario's wonderful voice. Think jazzy Barry White and you are on the right track. This is his most dance orientated CD mainly due to the wonderful input of the legend that is Bluey from those Brit Jazz Funk mainstays Incognito. Not a bad track on the CD, my particular favourite is the duet with Al Jarreau, Light of The World.
Other guests include Omar, James Taylor and the amazing Jim Mullen ( AWB, Morrisey/Mullen) plus as an added bonus Chaka Khan and Mario's collaboration with Incognito on the Boz Scaggs track Lowdown is also included.
Check out his previous CD's as well, Handful of Soul and Change of Scenes.
Come back soon Mario but make sure your fans can hear you properly next time
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Having seen Mario first supporting Incognito, then last month with the Cog as the backing group, this album is absolutely awesome.
Every track is a master piece, and the influential music of Incognito brings this even more to life.
This album gets better & better, the more you play it.
I can't wait for Mario's next project, with the anticipation of the collaboration with Bluey & co to continue long into the future
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brilliant, bought purely off the back of the link to 'Bluey' (I'm a huge Incognito fan)
Not disappointed and very pleasantly surprised, an incredible (and very different) voice. (sort of Barry White meets Kenny Thomas!)
So much talent in one album, can't wait for the followup.
Buy it.
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I'd heard a few tracks, along with various reviews on radio prior to buying this album. I have a few of Mario's songs on compilation albums, but this is my first exclusive album purchase of his. I thoroughly recommend the album for both talent, and variety of songs. I think he has exceptional talent, an original voice, and style, and is definitely one to watch out for. The title track, and 2 others on the album are favourites at the moment, but with each play I'm enjoying and getting to like others as time goes on. For a first Biondi purchase, this is ideal.
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He's even better live, but this is still very good.

Great duets with Omar and the sumptuous Light to the World with Al Jarreau, whilst Lowdown with Chaka Khan is a classy update of the Boz Scaggs original. Elsewhere What Have You Done to Me will be a fave for the soul crowd, with its chugging stepping rhythm.

There are no fillers, just a solid modern jazz funk/soul album.
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