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Scenes from an Italian: The Billy Joel Project

by Lou Lanza

In the style of his album Opening Doors, Lou deranged these classic & obscure Billy Joel songs into a straight ahead jazz yet still accessible style. You’ll hear influences of Sinatra, Bennett, Baker, Murphy, Jarreau, & of course Billy Joel.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Stranger
5:57 album only
2. Modern Woman
5:31 album only
3. Just the Way You Are
4:36 album only
4. Shameless
4:16 album only
5. Don't Ask Me Why
3:21 album only
6. Rosalinda's Eyes
4:25 album only
7. House of Blue Light
4:55 album only
8. Zanzibar
7:19 album only
9. Baby Grand
6:27 album only
10. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
8:24 album only
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"My old friend Lou Lanza has delivered a crisp, fresh and honest production of Billy Joeltunes. His voice is clear, inviting and its nice to hear a vocalist who sings the melody, and Lou Lanza certainly knows how to sing.” - Allan Harris

"Lou Lanza, your voice sounds great on these tracks. Who better to trib than the great Billy Joel...Nice jazzy feels, pretty tone, good story telling." - Roseanna Vitro

“Billy Joel’s catalog of great songs is now definitely part of the American Songbook and Lou proves these songs are ripe for interpretation and still sound fresh.” - Tony DeSare

"What a great idea for a project. Great tune choices and lovely tracks!" - Calabria Foti

"A wonderful recording, both sonically and musically, of cool arrangements played by great musicians bringing it all to life. Another beautiful effort Lou! Not that you'll need it, but wishing you the best of luck for this swinging project." - Paul Jost

"This is FANTASTIC WORK! I expected NOTHING LESS! You're an incredible singer and entertainer with fresh new ideas. This "Billy Joel" project is a step in the right direction. With your jazz background, you have managed to give Billy Joel's music a different sound without taking away from his original sound! GREAT JOB! Baby Grand is LUSH...Zanzibar is SWINGIN'!" - Paula Johns

"Vocalist, instrumentalist, and music-educator Lou Lanza is one of those musically-astute souls who can take an already established piece of material, rework it in performance, and not only compliment it, but improve upon it! Lanza - with musical associate Tony Gairo - has done this with Scenes From An Italian - The Billy JoelProject." - Bob Perkins, Legendary DJ, columnist, jazz presenter, and member of the Philadelphia Walk of Fame.

"Lou Lanza's Scenes From An Italian - The Billy Joel Project is a smart and effective amalgamation of soft rock and jazz musicianship. Lou's interpretation of Joel's music effortlessly bridges these two styles and takes the listener on a colorful musical journey." - Doreen Taylor

"Lou Lanza is one of the finest interpreters of American Popular Song I have ever encountered. While Lou is the complete jazz singer, he incorporates the elements of improvisation tastefully and intelligently, and never allows the "jazz element" to take away or compete with the lyric and its meaning." - Dr. Bruce Klauber, biographer of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, Broad Street Review columnist, Jazz Bridge Public Relations Director.



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