Viva Caruso

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Viva Caruso
Viva Caruso - Joe Lovano.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2002
RecordedOctober 13, 2001; October 15, 2001
Genre Jazz
Label Blue Note
Producer Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano chronology
Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two
Viva Caruso
On This Day ... Live at The Vanguard
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Tom Hull B+ [2]
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Viva Caruso is one of Joe Lovano's "most ambitious and enjoyable recordings". [4] Inspired by the legendary Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, Lovano deftly, yet directly, applies orchestral melodies and figures in different manners to create a beautifully meditative collection of music. The album features several different tracks, each focusing on a different interpretation of classical music in the jazz realm.


Track listing

  1. "Vesti la giubba - Leoncavallo - 3:48
  2. "Tarantella Sincera for voice & orchestra - DeCrescenzo - 4:42
  3. "The Streets of Naples" - Lovano - 4:57
  4. "Cielo Turchino for voice & orchestra [Deep Blue Sky] - Ciociano - 4:42
  5. "Pecchè? for voice & orchestra [Why?] - Pennino - 7:39
  6. "O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra)" - DeCapua - 6:47
  7. "Viva Caruso" - Lovano - 4:18
  8. "Campane a sera "Ave Maria", for voice & orchestra [Evening Bells]" - Billi - 7:02
  9. "Santa Lucia, Neapolitan song" - Traditional - 4:25
  10. "Sultanto a Te for voice & orchestra [Only to You]" - Fuciio - 5:57
  11. "Il Carnivale di Pulcinella - Lovano - 6:42
  12. "For You Alone for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Geehl, O'Reilly - 4:07


Joe Lovano Street Band (tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11)
Opera House Ensemble (tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12)

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  2. "Tom Hull: Grade List: Joe Lovano". Tom Hull . Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  3. Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 910. ISBN   978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. Joe Lovano: Viva Caruso - Joe Lovano | AllMusic