The Pink Panther & Friends (2016)

Mancini, Hawkins, Alfonsi, Ellington, Page/Plant/Bonham, Capurro, Di Capua, Marley

Scott Hamilton, P. Birro, A. Kramer, P.Alfonsi, S.Maiore, R. Zegna, G. Casati, E. Bianchini, Fausto Mesolella, Enzo Pietropaoli, E. Pietropaoli, F. Mesolella, Raiz

Recorded in 2014 & 2015, this album features the classic Theme From The Pink Panther composed by Herny Mancini.  Here it is performed in 6 different interpretations by Fone artists including Scott Hamilton (saxophone), Paolo Birro (piano), Alfred Kramer (drums), Peo Alfonsi (guitar), Salvatore Maiore (contrabass), Riccardo Zegna (fortepiano), Giulio Casati (trombone), Eleonora Bianchini, (vocals), Fausto Mesolella (guitar) and Enzo Pietropaoli (contrabass). 

Next, the album brings us 6 Jazz, Pop and Rock standards selected by the Fone artists.  Each with its own unique performance. The selected song tributes include Stumpy by Coleman Hawkins, Canyon by Peo Alfonsi, Paris Blues by Duke Ellington, Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, O Sole Mio by Eduardo di Capua and Giovanni Capurro and Redemption Song by Bob Marley.

The album is full of compelling performances recorded in DSD 64 Stereo by Giulio Cesare Ricci, founder, and president of Fone Records. When you hear it you will understand why The Pink Panther and Friends is one of the top-selling Fone DSD releases in the NativeDSD Music catalog.

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Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton was born in 1954, in Providence, Rhode Island. During his early childhood he heard a lot of jazz through his father’s extensive record collection, and became acquainted with the jazz greats. He tried out several instruments, including drums at about the age of five, piano at six and mouth-organ. He had some clarinet lessons when he was about eight years of age, but that was the only formal music tuition he has ever had. Even at that age he was attracted to the sound of Johnny Hodges, but it was not until he was about sixteen that he started playing the saxophone seriously. From his playing mainly blues on mouth organ, his little band gradually became more of a jazz band. 
He moved to New York in 1976 at the age of twenty-two, and through Roy Eldridge, with whom he had played a year previously in Boston, got a six-week gig at Michael’s Pub. Roy also paved the way for him to work with Anita O’Day and Hank Jones. Although it was the tail-end of the of old New York scene, a lot of the greats were still playing and he got to work and learn from people like Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones. Eldridge was Scott’s champion, but pulled no punches, and could be extremely critical, something for which Scott has always been grateful. In December of the same year John Bunch got Scott his first recording date, for Famous Door, and was also responsible for him joining Benny Goodman. He continued to work with Goodman at different times until the early 1980s.

Fausto Mesolella

Fausto Mesolella collaborated with Gabriella Ferri, Nada, Andrea Bocelli, Gianmaria Testa, Gianna Nannini, Paolo Conte, Giorgio Conte , Paolo Belli, Samuele Bersani, Francesco Tricarico (for which he wrote the song presented at the Sanremo Festival in 2011 ) and many other great artists. 

As a guitarist he participated with the Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel in two editions of the Sanremo Festival in Section Champions, winning the 1998 Critics Award Mia Martini at the 48th Sanremo Festival with the song Sleep and dreams and in 2000 the 50th Sanremo Festival with the song Feeling . 

As a composer and arranger has participated in four editions of the Festival of Sanremo.

Enzo Pietropaoli

Born in Genova september 29 1955.
In 1961 he moves to Rome and debuts professionally in 1975 with “Trio Di Roma” (Danilo Rea and Roberto Gatto).
Performed and recorded with many significant musicians as Franco Ambrosetti, Chet Baker, Flavio Boltro, Lester Bowie, Art Farmer, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Woody Shaw, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Maurizio Giammarco, Rosario Giuliani, Johnny Griffin, Steve Grossman, Lee Konitz, Gabriele Mirabassi, Sal Nistico, Archie Shepp, Pietro Tonolo, Gianluigi Trovesi, Massimo Urbani, Phil Woods, Mark Turner, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Knepper, Albert Mangelsdorff, Dino Piana, Toots Thielemans, Gianni Coscia, Richard Galliano, Brian Auger, Stefano Bollani, Ray Bryant, George Gruntz, Evan Lurie, Rita Marcotulli, Horace Parlan, Enrico Pieranunzi, Ben Sidran, Cedar Walton, John Taylor. Bobby Hutcherson, Jay Clayton, Maria Pia De Vito, Norma Wynstone, John Abercrombie, Roberto Ciotti, Christian Escoudè, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, John Scofield, Ginger Baker, Han Bennink, Kenny Clarke, Billy Cobham, Daniel Humair, Alvin Queen, Fabrizio Sferra, Gianmaria Testa and many others.


Raiz was born in Naples, Italy and has become a popular singer in the Mediterranean music scene.  He loves Mediterranean and reggae/dub music. Raiz is the lead vocalist for Almamegretta, an Italian collective of ethnodub/electronica music since its founding.  

In 2002 Raiz started his solo career. Since then, he's worked at WOP (Universal 2004), at "Uno" (Universal 2007) and "YA!". He's also recorded two albums with Ashes, the project by Eraldo Bernocchi / Bill Laswell. Raiz collaborated with the Venetian combo Laboratorio Novamusica on the album "Alphabet Music", a meeting between contemporary music and Jewish music. 

In 2011 I released the album "Casa" with the Bari band Radicanto.  Raiz won the Tenco Prize in 2015 for the album "DagoRed" realized together with Fausto Mesolella, guitarist and producer for Avion Travel.

Raiz has collaborated with many artists during his solo career including Massive Attack, Leftfield, Pino Daniele, Adrian Sherwood, Gaudi, Eraldo Bernocchi, Bill Laswell, Stewart Copeland, Meditronica, Sum, Teresa De Sio, Luigi Cinque and Zion Train.

Raiz likes reading, writing and acting.  From 2001 to 2005 Raiz was on tour with Cantieri Teatrali Koreja as an actor in their show "Brecht's Dance" - original music by Kurt Weill revisited by me and Pier Paolo Polcari.  Raiz stars as Moreno in the film by Ago Panini "Waiting for the Sun" - on movie screens since 2008.  He also appears as Salvatore Vitiello in "Tatanka Scatenato" by Giuseppe Gagliardi and myself in the docufilm by John Turturro on the Neapolitan song "Passione".

photo: from Artist's Website

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The Pink Panther & Friends (2016)

Mancini, Hawkins, Alfonsi, Ellington, Page/Plant/Bonham, Capurro, Di Capua, Marley

Scott Hamilton, P. Birro, A. Kramer, P.Alfonsi, S.Maiore, R. Zegna, G. Casati, E. Bianchini, Fausto Mesolella, Enzo Pietropaoli, E. Pietropaoli, F. Mesolella, Raiz

Digital Converters: dCS A/D and D/A converters
Mastering Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Microphones: Neumann U47,U48, M49
Producer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording Assistant: Paola Liberato
Recording Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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