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Salvatore Bonafede: Journey to Donnafugata

The ultimate test of any original film score is: can it stand on its own and be a logical, enjoyable entity without the visual action? Journey to Donnafugata (CamJazz) fails that litmus test, despite heroic efforts by pianist/arranger Salvatore Bonafede and, indirectly, the late film composer Nino Rota. It was Rota who won an Oscar for Coppola’s The Godfather, Part 2 and scored Fellini’s 8 1/2 and The Leopard. Bonafede took the latter score and “updated” it for a jazz combo that includes trumpeter and flugelhornist Enrico Rava, guitarist John Abercrombie, bassist Ben Street and drummer Clarence Penn.

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