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Il pinguino innamorato – Blair Crimmins and Mandolin Blues

Project type

Single cover – Digital release


Designer, Illustrator

An over seas collaboration, born from the challenges and travel restrictions of a pandemic, Blair Crimmins (Atlanta GA) and Lino Muoio (Naples, Italy), worked remotely on opposite sides of the world to record a new version of an Italian jazz classic. Il Penquino Innamorato, a song by the much beloved Italian female singing group of the 1940’s Trio Lescano, is now a bluesy number that sounds straight out of the American south with Crimmins’s scratchy vocals and banjo along with Muoio’s one of a kind blues mandolin. The addition of trumpet, trombone and clarinet by Terminus Horns, give the song a traditional New Orleans jazz feel like Bourbon Street meets the Venetian Grand Canal.

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