About Camera Soul
Camera Soul is a powerful jazz-funk ensemble, produced by Mr. Marco Rossi of Azzurra Music. 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, 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.
On Camera Soul's newest album, "Not For Ordinary People", 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 fluegelhorn), and Piero Dotti (background vocals). Furthermore, on the new album, the Brothers Lombardo also welcome original songwriting and lyrics from Serena Brancale and Denver-based pianist and ASCAP composer, Kathryn Ballard Shut.
Camera Soul has released two albums – Words Don’t Speak (2011) and Not For Ordinary People (2013) and the brothers are now beginning songwriting work on a third album for 2014. 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, and impassioned writing, 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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