Within its cross-genre blend of synth-pop, italo-disco, and jazz, “Passion Night” is an outstanding musical time capsule, a vivid picture-perfect snapshot of the year 1987, with the additional historical value as a document itself: it’s the only strictly non-jazz project in Massimo Urbani’s repertoire, in a revelatory performance shedding light over an unusual facet of Urbani’s versatile talent, regardless of boundaries, a few years before his untimely passing.
The vinyl release features a remix by highly acclaimed guitar player and producer Julyo, who can claim a plethora of collaborations and cameo appearances for artists as diverse as Paulo Bragança, Paco de Lucia, and Tasos Bougas, Goldie, Take That, and Michael Brecker.
“Passion Night” was initially written by Miro in 1985. The story goes that envisioning a release by 1987, Miro teamed up with legendary South-African sound engineer Allan Goldberg in light of their previous Vedette Records disco-infused collaboration for the “Slang “studio project, the “Real Life Games” LP. The team also featured track co-writer Gregorio Puccio, ready to unleash the synths (Roland JD800 + D50, Yamaha DX7, Oberheim 12, Prophet 5), two young vocalists, Giulia Fasolino and Silver Pozzoli, later to become household names for the italo-disco heads.
As a unique feature on the track, Miro brought in the studio contribution of the top Italian jazz contralto saxophone virtuoso of the era, Massimo Urbani.
In September 1987, a session at Pomodoro Studio had the track recorded on a 24 tracks tape, where it has been sitting unreleased for 35 years until now!