Last Quarter Moon (album di Chiara Civello del 2005)

LAST QUARTER MOON è l’album di esordio della cantante jazz romana Chiara Civello, pubblicato nel 2005.

Dotata di una voce jazz eterea e purissima, che ha addirittura ispirato paragoni con la ben più nota Norah Jones, Chiara Civello venne notata nientemeno che dalla leggenda Burt Bacharach, che è tra l’altro coautore del brano Trouble, e messa sotto contratto dalla prestigiosa etichetta statunitense Verve Records, vera e propria istituzione dell’universo fusion e jazz.

L’album è assolutamente godibile, sia per le magnifiche interpretazioni vocali di Chiara, sia per tutta la imponente schiera di musicisti e professionisti del genere messi a sua disposizione come turnisti. Per tenere alte le sue origini italiane, la scaletta del disco si divide a metà tra brani scritti in inglese ed italiano. Tra questi ultimi, il fiore all’occhiello è sicuramente Ora, dove al jazz si richiamano anche echi di bossa nova. Gli altri brani in italiano sono Parole Incerte, In questi giorni e Sambaroma. I due brani di apertura, Here is Everything e A Wrong Goodbye, servono a mettere l’ascoltatore a proprio agio con il tema dominante dell’opera, ma non saranno l’unico grande momento di ascolto. Trovano posto anche una rilettura di Caramel, classico di Suzanne Vega. Degna assolutamente di nota la title-track, Last Quarter Moon, dove la voce raggiunge dei livelli di assoluta eccellenza.

In generale è un disco che scivola via lento ma piacevole. Adatto soprattutto per quelle serate di malinconia o di atmosfera dove si vuole un valido aiuto musicale per guardarsi un po’ dentro. Chiara Civello darà altre prove di grande maturità musicale con i dischi a seguire, come il successivo THE SPACE BETWEEN. L’Italia la riscoprirà solo molti anni dopo grazie ad una sua tuttavia non fortunatissima partecipazione al Festival di Sanremo.

Ultima chicca a chiusura: chi scrive possiede una copia in CD di questo album donata personalmente da Chiara durante una tappa del suo tour a promozione del disco. Un cimelio preziosissimo da conservare gelosamente per tutta la vita.

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