La Bella Vista
La Bella Vista was produced by Daniel Lanois, (the Grammy-winning producer’s first production since U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind) and Adam Samuels. The album consists of ten original Budd compositions recorded as solos in his iconic ambient minimalist style.
Lanois and Samuels recorded the two sessions that comprise La Bella Vista at impromptu gatherings of friends at Lanois’ house. At the first of these session, the artist was completely unaware that tape was rolling, affording an entirely spontaneous and "of the moment" document.
According to Budd, the vintage Steinway on which he extemporized was "one of the most gorgeous pianos I have ever played. I played for fifteen people, most of whom I had met that night for the first time," he recalls of the initial session at the house, a 1920’s Italianate villa that lends its name to the album. The second session came shortly thereafter, again before a group of guests at Lanois’ house.
Producer – Adam Samuels, Daniel Lanois
1 Bell Tower
3 The Rose
5 Her Face
6 Children's Games Beyond Our Reach
7 The Avenue
8 Bird Charmer
9 Other Flowers
10 Il Leopardo Delle Nevi