Ivan Fedele is an Italian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout the world. He initially studied philosophy at the Università degli Studi in Milan. He then studied composition with Azio Corghi, counterpoint and harmony with Renato Dionisi and piano with Bruno Canino and Ilonka Deckers at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, where he graduated in 1981….
Before delving into the music on this collection, it's important to offer a note of caution to Chet Baker fans: Italian Movies is not a really a compilation of the trumpeter's work, so much as a series of film scores by the great composer Piero Umiliani between 1958 and 1964 on which he is featured either as a soloist or as part of the orchestra. It might better have been marketed to Umiliani fans, but it's tough to fault label Moochin' About for a little creative license when repackaging a previous issue of this music that appeared on Liuto Records – that one was co-billed to the pair. Other than on disc three – where Baker doesn't get to solo until track nine in the score for 1962's Smog, yet is still featured for 20 minutes – there is plenty of him to go around as he works amid his Italian contemporaries.