For Carlo Lomanto, the voice is an instrument with infinite expressive potential, and jazz is the ideal way to explore it all. In his new work, The Beatles Album, the songs of the Liverpool quartet are brought to life in a completely different light. The guitars of Pietro Condorelli, Gennaro Porcelli, Antonio Onorato and the voice of Gegè Telesforo enrich Carlo Lomanto's sonic journey. In 1960, five young men from Liverpool - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best - crossed the sea to Hamburg, created their powerful 'live' sound and chose a brand new name, destined to become a legend: The Beatles. In less than two years, the band took on its final four-piece line-up, with Stuart's painful exit, Pete's dismissal and Ringo Starr becoming the band's official drummer. In less than eight years of recording life, averaging an LP every six months and over 30 songs a year, The Beatles reshaped the contours of popular music, becoming the most significant musical phenomenon of the last few decades. In a complex game involving some French intellectuals, the historian and medievalist Jacques Le Goff did not miss the opportunity to identify 13 documents/monuments that could define 20th century society. And so, alongside Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, Sigmund Freud's production and the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the only musical example identified by Le Goff was the Beatles' complete works. Not a song, a record, an event, a concert, a cover or a phase of their career, but the entire output of the Liverpool quartet. It was an intellectual provocation, of course, but it was still a decisive, precise, definitive signal; the Beatles, then, documents/musical monuments of the 20th century. More than Gershwin, Bernstein, Berg or Berio. The musical and textual heritage of the first half of the twentieth century enjoys, in the work of the Beatles, a totally new elaboration: vaudeville, skiffle-music, rock'n'roll, blues, music hall, swing, folksongs, nursery rhymes and band compositions are just some of the sources that John, Paul, George and Ringo drank from. With his album, Carlo Lomanto approaches the Beatles' songbook with respect and attention, selecting some of its most interesting pieces, deconstructing and reconstructing the plots of each composition, letting his own voice travel over the notes of the songs born in the prodigious 'forge' of Abbey Road. The guitars of Pietro Condorelli, Gennaro Porcelli, Antonio Onorato and the voice of Gegè Telesforo enrich Carlo Lomanto's sound journey; a journey that ends with a refined Within You Without You: a tribute to George Harrison on the tenth anniversary of his death. Passing from the energy of Day Tripper and Get Back to the sweetness of I Will and Something, Lomanto plunges into the waters crossed by the Beatles' submarine - it has to be said! - of the Beatles to come out full of energy and enthusiasm and give the listener a little gem of elegance and vivacity. Michelangelo Iossa* *Michelangelo Iossa is one of the most important Italian scholars of the Beatles, to whom he has dedicated numerous journalistic reports in national newspapers and four different books [The Beatles; The Beatles' Songs; Lennon's Last Days; George Harrison's Songs], published between 2003 and 2006. He has taken part in numerous radio, television and web specials on the hugely popular Liverpool quartet. He is currently editor-in-chief of BeatlesNews.it, Carlo Lomanto: Lead and Background Vocals, Vocal Bass, Vocal Drums, Vocal Percussion and Vocal Synth, Acoustic, Hollow Body and Electric Guitars, Guitalele, Sampling. Special Guests: Gegè Telesforo: Vocal Drums and Scat Solo on "Get Back" Antonio Onorato: Breath Guitar Solo on "Something" Gennaro Porcelli: Electric Guitar Solo on "Come Togheter" Pietro Condorelli: Hollow Body Guitar Solo on "I Will".
Carlo Lomanto, The Beatles