Gianni Basso (sax), Franco Cerri (guitar),
Fabrizio Bosso(trumpet), Stefano Bagnoli (drums),
Massimo Moriconi (bass)
"Matteo has really something special. His album moved me.
Wonderful musicians. He's a great vocalist "
“This album is wonderful! Brancaleoni is one of the most exciting singers of his generation”
“We need more talented singer like Matteo!”
Riz Ortolani (2 Oscar Nominations, Grammy Award, composer of “MORE - from Mondo Cane”)
“JUST SMILE” is the debut album of the 25 year old singer Matteo Brancaleoni, acclaimed by the critic as the real Sinatra’s Italian heir. Here's a new young singer with a fresh take. Although he was born and bred in Italy, Brancaleoni brings a distinctly American jazz flavour. Brancaleoni is accompanied by the 80 year poet of piano Renato Sellani, who has played among the others with Billie Holliday, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Charles Trenet, Tony Scott and many others.
A charming and beautiful album featuring an All - Star Band composed by first rate musician, Fabrizio Bosso (trumpet), drummer Stefano Bagnoli, Massimo Moriconi (bass), and some of them truly italian jazz legends as sax player Gianni Basso and guitarist Franco Cerri. The heartbreaking voice of Matteo Brancaleoni breathes new life into classic American standards. 15 romantic jazz-pop songs performed with distinctive vocal beauty and elegance. A perfect, new introducing for a crooner that's bound to leave his mark...
"Just Smile is a unique album of pure and exceptional beauty"
“A wonderful, expressive voice and an impressive range.
Brancaleoni touched my tough old heart”
Thomas Conrad (JazzTimes, Stereophile)
“Just Smile: an acoustic delight”
Valerio Venturi, Secolo XIX
“With this record, Brancaleoni proves that he is not just a great crooner, an heir to Sinatra for our time, but a jazz singer of the first rank. If ever there was an artist to include in your repertoire of recordings to experience Just Smile is one of them.”
John Boardman, on All About Jazz
"The debut album from Matteo Brancaleoni is truly a class act that blends well with the traditions of the great American singers.
Matteo has a charm reminiscent of the days of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin."
Keith Pawlak, Nelson Riddle Memorial Library, University of Arizona School of Music
“Brancaleoni is the Italian heir of Sinatra”
“ Matteo Brancaleoni is an authentic crooner,
He proves here, in his debut album, to be totally part of the history of our music, to love it and respect it with poetic humbleness. His vocal abilities appear in all their shear and majestic beauty, while his legendary partners support him the best way they ever could. A perfect, new introducing for a crooner that's bound to leave his mark...”
“The best italian crooner ever!”
Guido Michelone, (Musica Jazz, World Music)
“One of the most talented young jazz singer of our country”
"An amazing young talent"
Corriere della Sera
"I'm sure. Matteo will become one of the greatest of our time"
Matteo Brancaleoni was born in Milan in 1981. Young artist with versatile and original personality: actor, singer, journalist, musician.
By the time he was 16, he began singing and performing in jazz clubs around Northern Italy.
His debut performance at the Blue Note Milan in October 2007, recorded a completely SOLD OUT.
Finalist for the IMUA "International Massimo Urbani Jazz Music Award" in 2006.
Renzo Arbore has described him “one of the best voices of his generation”.
Even the Canadian superstar Michael Bublè,the day he was in Rome on April to introduce his album CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE,couched publicly all his esteem to Matteo in front of the Italian press by inviting him in a duet together live and describing him “a great singer”.
“La Repubblica” wrote about Brancaleoni:”Matteo’s voice leads you to the stars”.
The international “Jazz Hot” magazine has pointed him out as “a new revelation”.
His songs were broadcasted on Fiorello’s radio programm “Viva Radio 2”,on Radio Capital,Radio 3, Rai International,Radio 24 and also on Important broadcasting stations in Switzerland,UK,Australia,Canada,Argentina,Usa.
On iTunes his song “Fly me to the moon” on has been at the top of downloads for more than four months “more requested than the Sinatra’s one” (Il Messaggero).
He has performed in Italy, USA, France, Australia, Switzerland: Blue Note, Umbria Jazz, Bollate Jazz Fest, Saluzzo Jazz D.O.C.,National Museum of Motion Picture, International Book Fair Turin, Not Just Jazz Milano, Italian Jazz SongsFestival Sanremo, Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award, Musicamdo Jazz &Blues, Savona Jazz, New Orleans Cafè, Grand Visconti Hotel Milan, Hyatt Hotel Chicago.
In 2002 he is invited by the President of ISA (Instrumen Society of America), to perform in the prestigious ballroom of the McCormick Center of Chicago.
He had, so far, the honour to perfom with some of the best jazz artists in Italy: Franco Cerri (g), Renato Sellani (p),Fabrizio Bosso (tr), Stefano Bagnoli (dr), Gianni Basso (sax), Massimo Moriconi (b),Lino Patruno (g), Massimo Manzi (d) Riccardo Fioravanti (b).