Joe Barbieri – Dear Billie (2019)

Joe Barbieri - Dear Billie (2019)
Artist: Joe Barbieri
Album: Dear Billie
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: Italy
Released: 2019
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
I´m a Fool to Want You
The End of a Love Affair
The Very Thought of You
I´ll Be Seeing You
I Get Along Without You Very Well
Dear Billie
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
Don´t Explain
When You´re Smiling
Facendo I Conti


Italian singer Joe Barbieri’s 7th studio album is a tribute to Billie Holiday that starts off and unfolds like a letter, an imperative confession. “Two pillars of jazz have forged me more than any other – Chet Baker and Billie Holiday,” explains Barbieri.

“As a kid, listening to Billie’s songs allowed me to enter into a ‘different’ emotional dimension, it gave me access to a range of sensations that were already mine even though I wasn’t yet aware of it. And thanks to her, thanks to her way of singing to the world, I felt understood, watched over, forgiven.” Throwing their weight behind this private story, three other bigshots of the Italian jazz scene, Luca Bulgarelli (double bass), Pietro Lussu (piano) and Gabriele Mirabassi (clarinet) provide just the right amounts of artful measure and immense intensity to bring about the right sonorous framework for songs such as ‘I’m A Fool To Want You’, ‘The End Of A Love Affair’ and ‘I’ll Be SeeingYou’, to name just a few, before arriving at the eponymous ‘Dear Billie’ (the only new song on the record), in which Barbieri’s dreamy yet suggestive voice moves freely and incisively in this very personal and vibrant letter.

Joe Barbieri is a fascinating anomaly. In many ways a music industry outsider, he has nevertheless been able to build a career around a very personal journey while winning the approval of critics, colleagues and his sizeable audience.