Sonia Spinello “Flow” 

December 2023 | 23/12, MUSIC

Sonia Spinello is a jazz singer, composer and author. She teaches singing at the Four Music Scholl school she founded and runs in her home town of Borgomanero, Italy. She is also artistic director of several jazz festivals in her region. Despite her many activities and concert appearances, she has recorded just over a dozen albums, with, as is only right and proper, some very talented musicians. On this album, her vocals are sometimes accompanied by other voices, wind instruments and a cello, but it’s mainly Ashti Abdo Saz’s duduk and hulusi and Eugenia Canale’s piano that run through the compositions. The piano, sometimes prepared, brings its share of dissonance, but always remains subtle and accessible. The winds are in the same spirit, and the calm, soothing vocals are a far cry from the mannerisms and extravagance of some of the more prominent female jazz singers, which can be tiresome in the end. An artist who deserves greater exposure on the international scene.