RADIOSUCCESSI A truly Italian experience


Ilaria Crociani Voice
Mirko Guerrini Saxes
Ryan Griffith Guitar
Mark Elton Bass
Carlo Canevali Drums

Radiosuccessi are a collaboration between Italian jazz maestros Mirko Guerrini, Ilaria Crociani, Carlo Canevali and Melbourne based jazz heavyweights Mark Elton and Ryan Griffith.
Reviving the true sounds of Italy and leaving behind the cheesy copies of Italian songs made famous by American singers, this band plays music direct from Italy’s heart. Lending a distincly modern jazz sensibility to the combo, band leader Mirko Guerrini has created a unique and world class ensemble.
Radiosuccessi can combine traditional jazz standards, modern groove with the Italian numbers.
The repertoire includes some of the great Italian songs, written by the most famous songwriters, like Gino Paoli (Senza Fine, Che cosa c’è), Domenico Modugno (Meraviglioso), Fred Buscaglione (Guarda che luna, La sigaretta), Bruno Martino (Forse, Estate, Baciami per domani) Lelio Luttazzi (Mi piace, Tua), Fred Bongusto (Me so’ ‘mbriacato ‘e sole, Se tu non fossi bella come sei).
Included are also some great American successes that became popular in Italy in the Fifties thanks to their translation into Italian. After WWII, only a minimum percentage of people could understand English, so, many professional lyricists provided Italian translations for those hits. Claudio Villa brought to success the well-known song “Quando ti stringi a me” that originally was a Broadway song called “I am in the mood for love”. Moreover “Almost like being in love” became “Così mi innamorai”, a great success by Caterina Valente and the amazing Charlie Chaplin’s tune “Smile” translated into “Se mai..”. It is clear that most of the times the translation was sound based and did not strictly follow the meaning of the original text.
“Radiosuccessi” is a dive into the Italian culture and society, and through some wonderful songs you can live again and feel the atmosphere of Via Veneto in Rome, riding a Lambretta, or having a gelati in Piazza San Marco in Venice.

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