Gabin - So Many Nights


Posted on Apr 18

Gabin is an Italian nu jazz band consisting of Massimo Bottini and Filippo Clary. Their name is a reference to the most popular French actor of the 1930s and 1940s.

Nu jazz, also known as jazztronica, is a genre of contemporary electronic music. The term was coined in the late 1990s to refer to music that blends jazz elements with other musical styles, such as funk, soul, electronic dance music, and free improvisation.

Robert L. Doerschuk describes this very smooth and relaxing sound on as follows

“Milky, silken rhythms lace through this collaboration between Roman DJ Filippo Clary and jazz bassist Max Battini. Their perspectives find accord in the realm of what martini-addled old-timers might label "acid jazz.” Electronic timbres are tactile and smooth, guest vocals by Ana Carril Obiols of Mano Negra and Joseph Fargier waft forth from washes of reverb, drum tracks move sensuously from the space-age bossa nova of “Sweet Sadness” to the impish manipulations of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” on “Doo Uap, Doo Uap, Doo Uap,” whose spelling as well as vibe betray European roots. Though the beat keeps things moving along, it seldom disturbs the texture, which in these appealing performances is just as important – more so, in fact, on tracks like “Urban Night,” on which Stefano Di Battista’s soprano sax and Gabin’s synthetic strings paint a midnight mood that recalls a much earlier collaboration, between Gerry Mulligan and Beaver & Krause in the primeval days of electronic music.“

One of my favourite song is "So Many Nigths” with vocal singer Mia Cooper:

Or “La Maison” which is a good example for their chillish, smooth Nu-Jazz sound.

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