Gabin (Italian band)
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Gabin (French: [gabɛ̃]) 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 ’30s and ‘40s – antihero Jean Gabin
Gabin have collaborated with numerous jazz artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Edwyn Collins and China Moses. Their debut album, Gabin (2002), features singles "Doo Uap, Doo Uap, Doo Uap", "Sweet Sadness" and "La Maison". The 2004 album Mr. Freedom includes the eponymous single. Their song "Bang Bang To The Rock'N'Roll" was featured in the 2005 film Fantastic Four and in the 2008 film Sex Drive. They had a top ten hit in their home country and success around the globe, encompassing over 35 countries from the U.S. to New Zealand, Argentina and Russia. Gabin next released an blues and blue note-influenced uptempo album entitled Mr. Freedom.
Guest vocalists on Mr. Freedom include two-time Grammy and Tony winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, former Orange Juice vocalist Edwyn Collins and even Bridgewater's daughter, China Moses. This specially sequenced US version features Italian Latin-dance maestro Nicola Conte. Conte caps the album with an extended live sextet version of "Into My Soul." Their 2010 album Third and double features guest vocals from Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell for the song "Lies".
Gabin’s music appears on the compilation CD Hotel Costes, television shows like HBO’s Sex And The City and Six Feet Under and TV commercials for Polaroid and Cinemax. The band remixed Peggy Lee's Fever for the Pink Panther's Penthouse Party CD.
- "Sex Drive (2008) Soundtrack". IMDB.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Review of Mr. Freedom at laut.de (in German)