Elga Paoli – Una Vita Fatta A Mano (ENG review)

Dodicilune - Italy
Chanson, Jazz
Elga Paoli - Una Vita Fatta A Mano (FR review)

Elga Paoli already has an impressive career behind her, in Italy of course, and if I take the time to talk about her, it’s because from my point of view, we have an exceptional album here. Following “Profumo di jazz” (2010) and “Il lato vulnerabile” (2016), the collaboration continues between the Ligurian singer-songwriter Elga Paoli and the Apulian label Dodicilune.
Nine original tracks – with references to the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and Mahatma Gandhi – offer acoustic sounds, string and wind arrangements, and a blend of jazz and singer-songwriter music. The arrangements are embellished by the presence of excellent soloists such as Fabrizio Bosso (trumpet), Giovanna Famulari (cello), Vince Abbracciante (accordion), Eric Daniel (clarinet and flute), Umberto Vitiello (voice and percussion), Marina Acerra (flute), Massimo Lamarra (oboe), Silvia Linciotti (violin), Francesco Marquez (cello), and Andrea Colella (double bass).
All the compositions are perfectly mastered to serve the works, with beautiful compositions and arrangements, and musicians who border on perfection, manage to evoke emotions and sublimate Elga Paoli’s beautiful vocal performances, all of which make you want to listen to the album to the end. Even without knowing the Italian language, this country which is a veritable open-air museum, is full of authentic artists.
Although very poetic and romantic, even theatrical, this album is nevertheless a beautiful jazz album, which grooves when it needs to and moves us when it should! A divine alternation of sensory sensations that blend and unfold in abundance, like a breath, a dream, a respiration.
Born in La Spezia, the daughter of artists (a pianist father and a singer mother), Elga Paoli has breathed music since childhood, beginning to study piano and write songs at a young age. She developed a passion for jazz by listening to her father’s records.
Whether you live in a European country or in the USA or Canada, step out of the beaten path, adopt this album like one buys a work of art, not always for its beauty, but especially for the beautiful emotions it evokes, a passion-filled album made for enthusiasts, which invites you on a journey not only through Italy but deep into your heart and soul.
It is with a slight shiver and tears in their eyes that the Paris-Move and Bayou Blue Radio editorial teams have classified this album as “essential”. Elga Paoli, an artist to follow!

Thierry De Clemensat
Correspondent in USA
Bayou Blue News – Bayou Blue Radio – Paris-Move

PARIS-MOVE, May 2nd 2023


To buy the CD: here