Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tony Carnevale ‎– III Movimento (1999), La Vita Che Grida (1995), Risonanze (1990) (Italy, 3 CD BOX-SET)

III Movimento - A Dance Opera for Rock Symphonic Orchestra - triplo CD Colonna sonora dell'Opera coreografica III Movimento di Elisabetta Melchiorri e Tony Carnevale.

La vita che grida Con Francesco di Giacomo e Rodolfo Maltese (Banco).

Risonanze Inconscio, musica , pittura. Colonna sonora dell'omonimo evento.

Tullio De Piscopo Quintet With Luis Agudo ‎– Future Percussion (1978, Italy, Vinyl)


Another beautiful performance by italian drummer and percussionist Tullio De Piscopo. Here

Libra ‎– Winter Day's Nightmare (1976, Italy, Vinyl)



A unique case of an Italian band signed with the US label Motown, Libra were formed in Rome in 1973 from the ashes of Logan Dwight, with a line-up including two former members of that group, Federico D'Andrea and guitarist Franco Ventura, along with Sandro Centofanti on keyboards (from Buon Vecchio Charlie), Nicola Di Staso on guitar and David Walter on drums.
After an early split, the group reformed in the autumn 1973 to play in the musical Jacopone, with bassist Claudio Barbera (also from Logan Dwight) replacing Ventura. it was during this period that they came in touch with producer Danny Besquet, who offered them to find a recording deal, and at the end of the tour a stable line-up was formed, with the entrance of bassist Dino Cappa, with which they recorded a demo at Sonic Studios in Rome.
With that demo they managed to obtain a contract with Ricordi, and recorded in Milan in the autumn 1974 the first album Musica e parole, an English version of which was recorded at the same time.
The album was issued in February 1975, essentially a rock album with large use of acoustic parts and some jazz-rock and funky influences, Musica e parole has some PFM similarities and a few interesting prog moments, like in the 13 min. long closing track Inquinamento (originally sung in roman dialect and later renamed Pollution in the US version). The album was promoted with an Italian tour supporting Banco del Mutuo Soccorso in the spring of 1975.
In the meantime the producer Besquet managed to have a contract for 10 LP's with the US label Motown, using the already recorded English-sung version of the album, which was issued in the USA with the title Libra. One of the album tracks, the funky Beyond the fence, was sung in English even in the original LP version, and was recorded live or with fake audience overdubs.
The group, with the new drummer Walter Martino (ex Ritratto di Dorian Gray, Reale Accademia di Musica, Goblin), rehearsed during the whole summer of 1975 for the American tour, that started in Los Angeles in October, including concerts with Frank Zappa, Tubes, Chicago and Steppenwolf.
In the US a new album was also recorded, but in December 1975 the group flied back to Italy and, after contrasts with the producer, broke up.
The second album, Winter days nightmare, much more commercial than the previous one and with strong (obvious considering the label) funky influences was released in the USA in the spring 1976, but was unsuccessful.
A final Libra line-up, including keyboardist Maurizio Guarini from Goblin and guitarist Carlo Pennisi from Flea, released a third album in 1977 as a soundtrack to the film Schock (Transfert-Suspence-Hypnos), by director Mario Bava, much in Goblin style, before disbanding.
The strong connection between these groups is confirmed by the release in 1979 of a disco-funky album entitled Starter by a group called Pole Position (on the Zip label, no.LPZ 501). The group included Centofanti, Pennisi, Guarini and Martino from the latest Libra line-up, along with Antonio Marangolo from Flea, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino Marangolo from Goblin and other musicians. (Italianprog)

Neil Ardley, Ian Carr & Don Rendell - Greek Variations & Other Aegean Exercises (1970, UK, Vinyl)


Recorded in '69, Greek Variations & Other Aegean Exercises is irresistible on two counts. First, for its daringly conceived and brilliantly performed music, inspired by Greek folk songs and instrumental textures and deep enough to reveal all its treasures only after many repeated listenings. Second, for being recorded at the moment when the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet, a major force in British straight-ahead jazz since '62, had broken up and Carr's equally influential jazz-rock band Nucleus was rising from the ashes.
The first half of the album has composer Neil Ardley directing a fourteen-piece chamber orchestra featuring Rendell and Carr, plus a supporting cast of creme de la creme British musicians in "The Greek Variations," a six-part suite based on a traditional Greek folk tune. The second half features in turn a quintet led by Carr—Nucleus in all but name—and a quartet led by Rendell, on shorter suites maintaining a Greek flavour and ambience.
An undercurrent of brooding turbulence surfaces at various points in the "Variations" suite, as though some sort of tidal wave might erupt from the Aegean at any moment, but at other times the mood is sunnier and vivacious (or delicately moonlit), and there are lovely solo passages, both improvised and composed, from Frank Ricotti on marimba/vibraphone, Karl Jenkins on oboe, Rendell on alto flute (on which he has a voice as distinctive as on tenor sax) and Carr on flugelhorn. Comparisons with the Miles Davis and Gil Evans collaborations inevitably spring to mind. But Carr, though strongly influenced by Davis, is ultimately his own man, and Ardley is absolutely so too, and the result is an entirely fresh approach to composed/improvised orchestral jazz.
The three Carr-composed tracks are performed by Carr plus Nucleus founding members Brian Smith, Chris Spedding, Jeff Clyne and John Marhsall. "Wine Dark Lullaby" and "Orpheus" conjure up balmy Mediterranean nights, soft and lush, while "Persephone's Jive" is a wild Greek dance made ever more urgent by the sustained clatter of Afrobeat in Spedding's aggressive, staccato comping. Only a few minutes long, but still one of the highlights of the set.
The closing Rendell-composed tracks feature Rendell alongside Stan Robinson, Neville Whitehead and Trevor Tomkins. The wistful "Farewell Penelope" could almost come from a film noir soundtrack, with Rendell's tenor evoking a lonely night-time cityscape. "Odysseus, King of Ithaca" and "Veil of Ino" are fiercer, showing off his well loved ruff 'n' tuff side.
It's sad that Ardley, who died earlier this year (2004), didn't live long enough to witness this CD release and the growing renewal of interest in his work. But how very fortunate we are to have this wonderful album available again. link

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Max Sunyer - babel (1978, Spain, Vinyl)



Guitarist, born 1947 in La Pobla de Massaluca, Spain. He started playing in "Vértice" in 1970. Later played on "Tapiman" just for one year. He founded "Iceberg" in 1974, and "Pegasus" in 1982, in both bands with Kitflus. Here

Giacomo Simonelli ‎– In Discoteca (1975, Italy, Vinyl)


Neapolitan composer, arranger, singer. With I Dinamici beat group recorded his first singles; than forms I Tatakò realizing in 1967 a protest song 1000 Voci a Buchenwald. Log at RCA arranging Sirio 2222, debut lp by Il Balletto di Bronzo. Began working with Emilio Iarrusso wraiting dozens of songs for artists as The Rokes, Gepy & Gepy, Mino Reitano, Mario Musella, Ivana Monti. In 1970 collaborates for the 3rd album by Gabriella Ferri. In 1977 his song Monica by Santo California gets 3rd place at the Sanremo Festival. Collaborate for the rock opera Heroes Temporis with Magni Animi Viriin the 2007. He arranged the orchestral parts and directs the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. Here

Weidorje - Rombas (1978, Live bootleg)


A Weidorje live album, recorded October 14, 1978 at Rombas (Moselle). Here

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso e Angelo Branduardi - Live at Cerreto Sannita (BN) 2002



BANCO:
1) CENTO MANI, CENTO OCCHI (6:22)
2) IMPROVVISAZIONE (7:07) *
ANGELO BRANDUARDI:
3) LA LUNA (3:25)
4) Intro a Confessioni di un Malandrino (3:02)
5) CONFESSIONI DI UN MALANDRINO (5:15)
6) SOTTO IL TIGLIO (2:44)
7) RIFLUISCE IL FIUME (3:43)
8) "Permettete vi presenti un bel violino" (3:54)
9) VIOLINO SOLO (3:06)
10) ALLA FIERA DELL'EST (finale) (0:45)
11) COGLI LA PRIMA MELA (2:21)
12) "Questa è una canzone d'amore" (1:11)
13) LA DONNA DELLA SERA (4:29)
14) IL CILIEGIO (3:23)
15) Commento a Il Ciliegio (1:05)
16) IL CERCHIO (5:04)
BANCO:
17) QUANDO LA BUONA GENTE DICE (con Branduardi) (7:00)
18) Presentazione (1:20)
19) LA CONQUISTA DELLA POSIZIONE ERETTA (10:21)

1) CANTO DI PRIMAVERA (8:19)
2) MOBY DICK (6:16)
3) L'EVOLUZIONE (8:22) **
4) TRACCIA (3:12)
5) In attesa del bis (1:56)
6) "Le cose hanno sempre una storia" (encore) (2:46)
7) PRELUDIO A NON MI ROMPETE (encore) (0:49)
8) NON MI ROMPETE (encore) (8:19) **
9) "Voglio ringraziare" (encore) (2:25)

Francesco Di Giacomo, Vittorio Nocenzi, Rodolfo Maltese, Tiziano Ricci, Maurizio Masi, Filippo Marcheggiani & Angelo Branduardi