Ma l'amore no

Enrico Pieranunzi Trio

Ada Montellanico

Lee Konitz & Enrico Rava


Featured Artists

Enrico Pieranunzi (Piano, Vocals)
Ada Montellanico (Vocals)
Lee Konitz (Alto Saxophone)
Piero Leveratto (Double Bass)
Mauro Beggio (Drums) 
Enrico Rava (Flugelhorn)Recorded


Feb 16 -17, 1997

Release date
Feb 3, 1998


Record Label
Soul Note

Album Tracks

1 - Amore Fermati - 4:07
2 - Fascinating Rhythm - 6:59
3 - Ma L'Amore No - 4:55
4 - Averti Tra Le Braccia (Quartet) - 4:15
5 - No Dimenticar... (Le Mie Parole) - 5:15
6 - If You Turn Away / Who Can I Turn To? - 5:11
7 - Le Tue Mani - 6:53
8 - Amore Baciami - 7:58
9 - But Not For Me - 5:53
10 - The Fool On The Hill - 4:50
11 - Averti Tra Le Braccia (Quintet) - 5:25

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About Ma l'amore no 

This CD looks promising at first. A trio led by one of Europe's finest jazz pianists, Enrico Pieranunzi, occasional guest appearances by alto saxophonist Lee Konitz or fluegelhornist Enrico Rava, and a young Italian singer, Ada Monellanico. Piernanunzi's arrangements are consistently swinging, the musicians wail, and Monellanico has a strong, attractive voice on the seven tracks sung in Italian, even scatting an arco bass-like line in unison with her pianist on "Amore Fermati." The funky "Ma L'amore No" sounds like a New Orleans street parade, and she delivers a powerful vocal, backed by Rava's fine solo. The scatted introduction in unison with Pieranunzi's lively piano in the medley of "If You Turn Away" and "Who Can I Turn To?" is enjoyable, with a brief effective solo by Konitz, though the singer starts tripping up on words like "destiny." But her shortcomings on the remaining tracks sung in English are considerable, due either to her lack of familiarity with the language or an unwillingness to work hard enough to make herself clearly understood. "Fascinating Rhythm" starts out well enough, but there are a few more areas of sloppy enunciation. Pieranunzi's approach to "But Not for Me" is very unusual, with a repetitious bass vamp, but the hypnotic spell is broken by Montellanico's erratic enunciation. The Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill" is an inspired choice, but her repeated butchering of its words make painful to listen to. This inability to learn to pronounce English words correctly lowers the value of this otherwise impressive release by Ada Montellanico. AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden