Neapolitan Nat King Cole

Fausto Cigliano


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Producers: Ninni Pascale, Rino Alfieri, Fausto Cigliano

Arrangements and orchestration : Rino Alfieri
A short introduction:

This project is the result of a Fausto Cigliano’s idea. He, while singing some Nat King Cole’s songs (Stardust and Unforgettable), realized how much these songs were similar to the great Neapoletan melodies.

Fausto started translating and adapting these songs from American into Neapoletan dialect and proposed the project to Polosud records.

The production started in Autumn 2001; Rino Alfieri was the arranger and the orchestra director.

As a result, the sound is the same as the one of big orchestras where bows prevail and Fausto’s voice is at his ease in this context.

The cd is enriched by several guests, like Daniele Sepe( sax tenore) and Gabriella Pascale (background vocalist).
Some technical information

Studio: Il Parco – Naples

Sound engineer: Ninni Pascale

Mastering: Robert Fix

This work has been digitally recorded on Protools 24.

Fausto Cigliano

He was born in Naples.While was a student, he drew the attention by joining the festival of Neapolitan song in 1956. He won that festival with the song “Sarrà chi sa”in 1959.

Fausto Cigliano’s passion for music was born a few years before, when he, who came from a very big family, was given a guitar as a present by a schoolfriend. The guitar itself is his permanent friend in his relationship with the world of Italian pop music.

After joining Sanremo 1961 and Sanremo 1964 with the song “E se domani”, Cigliano started studying the instrument again with the assistance of Mario Gangi, and, in 1976, he took the diploma at Conservatorio of Santa Cecilia in Rome.

The contact with musicaI disciplines awakes in the artist the taste for a research obviously directed to the musical traditions of his city, Naples. As a consequence of this interest there is both a live concert recorded with Mario Gangi (Napoli Concerto) and all the concerts held in Italy and worldwide covering the entire evolution of the “neapolitan song”.

In 1950s he features the films : Classe di ferro (Turi Vasile); Guardia, ladro e cameriera (Steno); Ragazzi della marina (De Robertis); Cerasella.

He is the author of the songs: Ossessione ‘70, Papule mia, Nella mia città, Ventata nova, Scena muta, E t’aggia perdere, Pucundria and others.

He made the soundtrack of the tv serial Camilla. In the Anthology of Neapolitan song (De Agostini) a reprint (Cd and cassettes) of Tempo d’ammore was released (poem and songs with A. Mille)together a monography including songs recorded in different stages.

He joint, featuring his own music, the film Identificazione di una donna, by Michelangelo Antonioni.

In 1999 the Cd Teatro nella canzone napoletana was released produced by Polosud. It contains 13 songs of unforgettable artists ( Totò , Pupella Maggio, Eduardo and Peppino De Filippo, Angela Pagani, Raffaele Viviani, Nino Taranto and more..) performed by Cigliano himself together the guitar of his Maestro Mario Gangi.

In 2002 the Cd …e adesso slow! was still released and produced by Polosud. In this Cd Fausto translates in neapoletan and performs some classical american songs of 1940s and 1950s, which were brought to success by Nat King Cole.


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