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Italian singer Emilia Vancini returns vocal jazz to its roots
(Published: February 11, 2011)

(Holland) Written by Robert Sutton. Jazz vocalist Emilia Vancini doesn't know what possessed her on her latest album. But anyone who listens to the record will know what possessed them: The deep, smoky croon of an Italian original.

Vancini's voice, laced with atmosphere and a world-weary ache, seems to have crept out of ‘40s film noir. You can almost picture her in flickering black-and-white frames, singing sadly in a club of men in hats and the glamorous women who adore them. Vancini is a throwback, for sure; she is an echo of a time when jazz was music that was extension of the soul and not the pocketbook. On Whatever Possessed Me, Vancini returns vocal jazz to its roots.

Vancini was born in Northern Italy in Cento, a small town close to Bologna. Vancini's passion for music is rooted at an early age. She was already taking piano lessons when she was only seven, encouraged by her mother and sister. Fascinated by classical music, she started studying the works of Bach, Chopin, and Ravel, among others, collecting albums in which their compositions were performed. As she grew older, Vancini's musical tastes expanded, listening to the British, American, and Italian pop, rock, and blues records that her siblings regularly played at the house. However, it was jazz that truly stuck with her, that lit the fire within her. In 1992, Vancini moved to Holland to further explore the art of jazz.

Whatever Possessed Me encapsulates everything that Vancini has learned - and experienced - about jazz. It is not the sound of a newcomer but the work of a veteran who has mastered her craft, from the Brazilian stomp of "Fã Da Bahia" to the tear-jerking balladry of the title track. It is an album that speaks of life's travels through the dazzling poetry of Vancini's magnificent singing.

More Information: http://www.emiliavancini.com

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