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Letizia Gambi: Introducing Letizia Gambi

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So often, across all of the arts, a powerful career liftoff requires more than just raw talent. Considerable guts, and a certain degree of luck, are also required, as Letizia Gambi learned while traveling the serpentine path that led to her debut recording, a rather astonishing introduction that finds the Italian vocalist in such esteemed company as Lenny White, Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Gato Barbieri, Wallace Roney and Gil Goldstein.

Gambi, who’s already earned considerable success in her native land as an actress and band singer, had an idea: to re-imagine classic Neapolitan tunes from her childhood with a modern twist. When White, Corea and Stanley Clarke’s Power of Three tour landed in Milan in 2009, she maneuvered her way backstage and explained her concept to the drummer. Intrigued, White subsequently listened to her updated arrangement of “Carmela” and not only agreed to produce her album and play on all 14 tracks, but also to get stellar pals to participate.

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