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Not for Ordinary People

by Camera Soul

A powerful jazz-funk, horn-line celebration with 13 completely original tracks that recall the fun and soul of 1970s and 1980s soul grooves!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Not for Ordinary People
4:35 $0.99
2. Mama
4:47 $0.99
3. For a Lifetime
4:36 $0.99
4. I Don't Like Flowers
3:46 $0.99
5. She
4:18 $0.99
6. My Heart
4:28 $0.99
7. Time Fades Away
4:54 $0.99
8. Full of Me
5:28 $0.99
9. Nobody Else
3:55 $0.99
10. I'm a Fool
4:03 $0.99
11. Locked Inside
5:56 $0.99
12. The Happiest Day
5:07 $0.99
13. Not for Ordinary People (Reprise)
0:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Camera Soul
Not For Ordinary People (2013)
Liner Notes: Kathryn Ballard Shut (ASCAP)

The album that you hold in your hands right now is a child of the magic and global power of the Internet. Born in early 2013 between a masterly songwriting and arranging team of two legendary brothers (Piero and Pippo Lombardo) and a powerfully talented vocalist, composer, and lyricist (Serena Brancale) from Bari (Apulia) Italy, together in collaboration with a lifelong jazz pianist and composer from Denver (Colorado) USA (Kathryn Ballard Shut), Not For Ordinary People creatively has lived up to its name. Even more stunning, the four composers on the album have not yet met in person as of this writing, but somehow have managed to channel each others’ musical thoughts to create an exciting sophomore release for Camera Soul.

The global musical partnership began on Twitter in May 2012, when Piero reached out to me in a tweet, randomly asking me to follow a link to the group’s debut album, Words Don’t Speak. I followed, listened, loved what I heard, and as a result, wrote a favorable review on JazzTimes Magazine’s Community Pages. What began as a professional fan admiration blossomed over the year into a “Twitter-friendship”, grew further into a lyrical writing partnership, then into a distribution partnership agreement between Azzurra Music and TIMKAT Entertainment to market Camera Soul’s debut in the United States, and finally, into a trusted songwriting partnership and friendship. The journey has been no less than amazing.

How does one write songs together by solely using the Internet? In our case, Piero, Pippo, Serena, or I would work on an idea, record a short demo, then email the mp3 file to each other for further ideas and/or lyrics. I usually received an email from Piero, asking for help in writing lyrics to a song that the team in Italy was about to complete. I would listen to the feel of the tune and write meaningful ideas to accompany what I heard, then overdub the demo by singing the lyrics to a sample melody on the track. I would then send it back to the brothers, asking for their feedback and leaving the sample open to changes. Within a few days – sometimes within hours -- I would receive an email that said that’s perfect – that’s exactly what we were looking for, thank you! In one case, I sent the brothers a song that I had written that needed a tight melody line; they worked on it, sent it back, and surprised me by asking for permission to include it on the album (“Locked Inside”). On another, I did a deep translation of a song that the brothers had previously written and recorded in Italian (“Ama”), just because I felt that the story needed to be told in English to appeal to a global audience.

By riding on the infectious riffs, amazing horn lines, and world-class talent of the Brothers Lombardo and Serena Brancale, it has been a true privilege to have earned such respect and trust as a fellow songwriter and lyricist, and an additional honor to have been asked to write the liner notes. However, such songwriting cannot stand alone. When we add the soulfully rich talents of vocalist Serena Brancale, guitarist Francesco Palmitessa, bassist Beppe Sequestro, drummer Mimmo Campanale, saxophonist Luca Toso, and trumpeter Stefan Cavallin, together with Pippo Lombardo himself on the keys, wonderful engineering, and executive producer Marco Rossi guiding the whole show, the Internet songwriting dream finally becomes audible life on thirteen unique tracks, all with compelling and universal stories to tell, set to modern soul and Latin jazz grooves throughout the effort.

Now it’s your turn to judge the fruits of this “not so ordinary” global songwriting team. We invite you to dance to and share Not For Ordinary People with loved ones and throughout the moods of your life – in love, joy, loss, and redemption. We believe there is tale within that will put music to your story, as it has to ours.

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Howard Dukes,

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“Not For Ordinary People is such a well-conceived project from start to finish … We’re told that the R&B listener doesn’t want to hear bands, and the R&B band became all but extinct in mainstream R&B. That makes a group such as Camera Soul – and the music they make – pretty extraordinary.”

Tom Kolbe - King FM, Berlin, Germany

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"Great production! [Not For Ordinary People] has something of a live gig feeling. I love that, it really rocks and I had a lot of fun listening to the tracks."

Groove Loves Melody - JW Richard

Camera Soul - Not For Ordinary People
"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."

Soul Sorts Radio Show - Roger Williams - Hot FM Smooth Grooves,

Played Camera Soul - "Locked Inside", "Full of Me", and "I Don't Like Flowers" o
"[Spoken On Air, July 21, 2013 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”)

Brent Black @CriticalJazz -

Camera Soul - "Not For Ordinary People"
Camera Soul is perhaps one of only three European acts with the talent to crash the American market for contemporary jazz in a meaningful way.
Brent Black / @CriticalJazz

Take contemporary jazz sensibilities and combine them the influences of Earth Wind and Fire and Tower of Power and you have one of the most prolific sounds to come out of Europe since Down To The Bone. The sophomore release Not For Ordinary People is the natural evolution for this world class group of both studio and live performance artists. An incredibly innovative hybrid of British acid jazz and American funk to create a new sound that fittingly originates in Italy, a virtual sonic gold mine.

American radio programmers would be quick to slap a smooth jazz tag on this collective but that would be the very definition of a rush to judgement. Not For Ordinary People is fresh but with a decidedly retro groove of Tower of Power in their prime. Artistic comparisons are inherently unfair but when dealing with an act from outside the United States, a point of reference will certainly give you an idea of what their groove is all about and it is indeed a righteous groove. If the Big Apple had a sonic pulse, this may well be it. The lead vocals of Serena Brancale are spot on and as flavorful as any artist you can name working here in the States. Camera Soul is a global collective led by composer-arrangers, and brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo. Denver- based pianist and ASCAP composer, Kathryn Ballard Shut contribute the lyrics to "Locked Inside." This particular tune flips the more traditional "smooth" sound of the first release to a soulful and soul filled ballad that runs in perfect parallel to the popping tile track "Not For Ordinary People."

Smooth jazz gets a bad rap and on occasion deservedly so. A smooth jazz guitarist once told me an artist will be as creative as he or she feels the need to be and herein lies the problem. A relatively stagnant genre that has attempted to limp by based on the pretentious vibe of the "chill effect." No change, no growth, no innovation has caused a revolving door in a radio format long since left for dead. Camera Soul and Not For Ordinary People welcome you to the land of rhythm and groove - big difference.

Phinesse Demps -- The Baltimore Times

Camera Soul - "Not For Ordinary People"
“Looking for some great NEW and FRESH Music? Love this band’s sound – a mixture of funk, soul, and ska. The lyrics are very dynamic and purposeful. You should be able to listen all the way through without skipping [on] “Not For Ordinary People”.

Andrea Love (Songwriter/Vocalist via Facebook)

Camera Soul - Not For Ordinary People
"Congrats on some really incredible work with Camera Soul - that is my vibe alllll day!!!"

Mandy Morrow, Host, Radio Wey, London, UK

Camera Soul- Not For Ordinary People
"We love Camera Soul at Just the sort of funky Soul that we are known for!"

Dennis McCalmont, Artist/Songwriter

Camera Soul - Not For Ordinary People - Feedback on Twitter
"[Re: Not For Ordinary People] Lovin' It! Got everything a Soul Funkster needs from start to finish - "Mama", "I Don't Like Flowers", "My Heart"”

Jess Biggs - MusicVein - Brill, UK

Camera Soul - Not For Ordinary People
“’Not For Ordinary People’ really is as it says on the the label – for people who want to hear something more than the stuff we are subjected to on a daily basis. I take my hat off to the Lombardo Brothers – just how they manage to keep their music fresh after a decade in the business, I have no idea … an album to suit all moods, will have you singing your heart out, or quietly contemplating the lyrics; either way, you can’t go wrong with yet another blessing from Camera Soul. I can’t wait to see them live.”
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