F – à Léo, an exquisite recording by Italian jazz musicians performing the songs of Léo Ferré, has already been accorded rave reviews, extensive airplay and strong sales in Europe and Canada. Now Justin Time is confident this gem of a record can find success across the USA, as it holds appeal not only for fans of jazz trumpeter Paolo Fresu, but also people interested in Léo Ferré, fans of contemporary Italian music, and devotees of Gianmaria Testa, an singer/songwriter whose own highly personal and richly melodic songs – that at times recall Paolo Conte – are imbued with intoxicating accents of tango, bossa nova, habañera and jazz, and who sings and plays guitar on eight of the album’s 12 selections.
ABOUT LÉO FERRÉ
Léo Ferré (1916-1993) was one of the greatest French artists of the 20th century, acclaimed as a composer, a poet, singer and instrumentalist. With Brassens and Brel, Ferré is considered one of the greatest writers of French songs (both as a lyricist and composer). Continue reading