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Taverna Nights

by Michael Zisman's Americano Social Club

Music for la dolce vita: fun, romantic music that moves from gypsy jazz to cafe music, originals and great covers.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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1. Mimi's Mood
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2. Chiquitita
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3. Manhã de Carnaval
4:27 $0.99
4. Andrea's Dilemma
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5. Se Tu Sapessi
4:28 $0.99
6. Anema e Core
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7. Sous Le Ciel De Paris
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8. Thank You
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9. Call Me
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10. Golden Earrings
4:55 $0.99
11. Cast Your Fate To The Wind
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12. If I Had You
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13. Stay
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14. Careless Love
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15. Desperado
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Album Notes
This recording features: Michael Zisman on Mandolin, Jason Vanderford on Rhythm Guitar, and Joe Kyle Jr on Acoustic Bass. Our special guests include Doug Martin - guitar, Ned Boynton - Guitar, Kim Nalley - Vocals and Andrew Speight on Tenor Sax and Flute.

About this record:
"I have a life-long love affair with melodies", Michael confesses when asked about the inspiration for this album. "To me, all the various styles of music I have heard since childhood are different dialects of the same language. For this album, I wanted to approach songs that I love with the mandolin, no matter what musical tradition they came from. I've learned that musicians (and really all entertainers) are storytellers. I love melodies that unfold stories; stories of love, stories of great deeds, stories of passion; and I love to entertain people by retelling these stories in my own way--and sometimes even writing my own stories. I believe if musical stories are told right, they can transport the listener, set a mood and inspire people to live--and revel in--their own stories.”

From the liner notes of Taverna Nights:

"Sit down, relax, chat, dance, flirt, gossip, greet your old friends,
meet someone new.
(Isn’t that certain someone over there giving you the eye?)

You know what to do….
Eat, Drink, Laugh, Love, Live,
and listen to the music
of “la dolce vita”…"



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Barron Beshoar

Essentail listening for mandolin fans
Michael Zisman is the mandolin player with the Americano Social Club and the Avatar Ensemble of San Francisco. 'Taverna Nights' offers some Zisman originals, and a selection of covers from many distinct styles and sources, from gypsy jazz to musette, choro to New Wave, which come together here as a cohesive musical vision. Zisman's playing is very clean, never overplayed, and often quite thrilling. The accompanying musicians are also very fine. Even the most familiar tunes in this set sound fresh and new on this recording. Highly recommended!