It's All We Have
Release Date 07 April 2023
"An album to luxuriate in as Sabino de Bari and Diana Torti embrace jazz, improvisation, contemporary classical and ancient music in an intoxicating and eclectic programme."
Nick Lea - Jazz Views
"Never before has an album’s deep lyrics contrasted so markedly with the lightness and sheer beauty of its sound. The seriousness of many, although not all, of the lyrics is balanced by some lyrics that are very uplifting together with the downright gorgeousness of the singing and music."
Fiona Mactaggart - JAZZ IN EUROPE
"It's All We Have represents just their second duo album and it is a fine one, with the creative melding of both artists' visions"
Troy Dostert - All About Jazz
"There is tenderness, humility, and wonder; asparseness and pared-back feeling to the arrangements which in turn allow the spotlight to fall on the vocalist or guitarist.
Over eleven compositions, the guitar and voice work together to create a magical album".
Sammy Stein - Platinummind
"Il tutto per un disco fatto di avventurose esplorazioni timbriche, soluzioni inattese, archi melodici non banali né scontati. La voce di Torti volteggia come quella della Joni Mitchell più jazzy, lo corde vibrano con pienezza e coraggio. Gran bel lavoro."
Guido Festinese - Alias (il manifesto)
“It’s all we have” is a reflection on the beauty of the world and humanity in contraposition to the power which is exercised in multiple forms on people through extremism, economy and politics leading to a denial of rights and environmental threats.
Sabino’s compositions create a file rouge through themes from slavery (Whisky) to capitalism (The Extra Something); the women’s condition (Melodia), particularly referring to the actuality in Afghanistan,
and the wars led by economical profits but disguised behind good intentions (Cuba Libre); the desperate conditions of children in some areas of the world (Sonhos de Marcelo), the climate change due to human behaviour (A Little Road Not Made Of Man), the uncountable nature magnificence (It’s all I have To Bring Today) and the beauty and power of the unseen in the world (Who Has Seen The Wind?).
The voice of women has been chosen to tell these stories through poems by Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti. These poems bring positivity and hope (Hope) which connects to an inner and more intimate way of interpreting the album title “It’s All We Have” which represents the urge, as artists, to produce music, express ideas, value human beauty against the struggle that everyone goes through in the everyday life. Within this vision, Diana contributes, as an interpreter and as a writer of the lyrics of two songs that offer a further reflection on human relationships (Beyond Clouds) and the opportunity coming from unexpected experiences than can totally lift you up and transform us and our existence … “In Spite of Everything”.
All tracks composed by Sabino de Bari
Lyrics: Emily Dickinson (tracks 4,6,10), Christina Rossetti (track 3), Diana Torti (tracks 2,11), Sabino de Bari (tracks 1,8), John Hay (track 5)
Sabino de Bari - compositions, lyrics, guitar
Diana Torti - vocals, lyrics
Recorded at Four Walls Studio in Giovinazzo (Italy), in December 2022
Mixing & Mastering by Sabino de Bari
Photo by Monika S. Jakubowska
Graphics by Cristina Lombardi
℗&© 2023 Sabino de Bari