A powerful jazz-funk and soulful celebration from Bari, Italy that is sure to leave you hungering for more!
InfluencesStevie Wonder, Tower of Power
Sounds LikeJamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Swing Out Sister
About Camera Soul:
Camera Soul is a powerful jazz-funk ensemble, produced by Mr. Marco Rossi of Azzurra Music (Verona) and released in the United States and Canada by Kathryn Ballard Shut of TIMKAT Entertainment (Denver, Colorado). Inspired by legendary horn line, soul, R&B, and jazz-fusion artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Commodores, Tower of Power, and Stevie Wonder, as well as neo-soul grooves by Erykah Badu and Jamiroquai, the group is based out of southern Italy (Bari), and led by veteran composer-arrangers, brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo. Camera Soul’s distinctive sound is further defined by the smoky and soulful voice of lead vocalist, Serena Brancale.
The group features a world-class lineup of studio and live performance musicians, including Pippo Lombardo (piano), Beppe Sequestro (bass), Francesco Palmitessa (lead guitar), Liviana Ferri (percussion), Mimmo Campanale (drums), Daniele Scannapieco and Bruno Tassone (saxes), Gianfranco Campagnoli (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Piero Dotti (background vocals). On Not For Ordinary People, the Brothers Lombardo also led a stellar global songwriting team. Together with their compositions, they also welcomed original music and lyrics from Serena Brancale and Denver-based jazz pianist and ASCAP composer, Kathryn Ballard Shut.
The group has released two albums – Words Don’t Speak (2011) and Not For Ordinary People (2013). Whereas Words Don’t Speak reached previous critical acclaim as a “chill” or “smooth” effort, Not For Ordinary People counts on powerful horn lines, deep funk, complex arranging, impassioned writing, and superb engineering, culminating in a stronger effort than the debut.
About the Brothers Lombardo:
Lifelong lovers of jazz, R&B and soul, the Brothers Lombardo are the fuel behind Camera Soul’s tremendous sound. Prior to writing for Camera Soul, both Piero (guitarist) and Pippo (pianist/horn arranger) created masterpieces on several albums over the course of a decade for Latin Jazz group Marchio Bossa. With the formation of Camera Soul in 2011, the brothers refined their writing style to reflect original songs that recall the Golden Age of 1970s and 1980s soul and funk.
In addition to writing for Camera Soul, pianist Pippo is extremely active on the worldwide live music circuit. Most recently, in 2013, Pippo toured Thailand and collaborated with House Music mixmaster Loris Conte to lend his excellent soloistic ideas to Conte’s hit, The Jazz Pianist (Ibiza 2013). Both composers are members of Italy’s performing rights organization, SIAE, and their music can be heard on radio sites such as Jango, Earbits, and Spotify, and also purchased on major mp3 sites such as iTunes, Amazon, CDBABY, Last.fm, and Bandcamp.
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CAMERA SOUL – NOT FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE (2013)
"The Camera Soul effort heralds a significant musical stylistic departure from what the [Brothers Lombardo] have delivered up until now. There are a few songs that showcase the brothers’ Bossa sound, but the new sound structure largely recalls Soul and Funk from the ‘80s. Camera Soul is a band that not only delivers this sound, but does so from a Mediterranean point of view, similar to releases in Spain from the Tony Manero Foundation. The horn arrangements remind us heavily of Tower of Power and each of the tracks is led by the distinctively sensual voice of Serena Brancale, also of Italy. "
"[Spoken On Air, on HOT FM Smooth Grooves] My favorite album right now! I have been playing it constantly in my car over the past few days... I tell you, what a piece of work! So reminiscent of the classic Funky Company album of 1996. Not one single weak track on it; really, seriously as good as it gets for me right now ... It would be rather rude of me NOT to feature more from this fantastic album in Hour 2 of the show today." (Played “Locked Inside”, “Full of Me”, and “I Don’t Like Flowers”)
"From southern Italy, Camera Soul’s second set, 'Not For Ordinary People' comes with more R&B/Funk intention than the group’s first release, 'Words Don’t Speak.' While the sound still recalls 70′s/80′s R&B primarily (especially the related productions of Maurice White (Earth, Wind, & Fire / The Emotions), it isn’t any more of a “retro” sound than work written by Brand New Heavies, Incognito, or Jamiroquai who also have visited the Pop/R&B song stylings of that time period. At the heart of Camera Soul are the veteran composers and brothers of Piero and Pippo [Lombardo]. Musical direction from Lombardo Brothers, together with the sultry vocals and songwriting of Serena Brancale, songwriting from Kathryn Ballard Shut (daughter of late composer and vocalist, Tim Ballard), expect some great R&B/Jazz moments on the disc. If you’re a 70′s/80′s R&B/jazz fan, here’s a new add for your collection."