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Guitarist Silvio Minella possesses a shredder’s heart and a jazzman’s discernment, a precious combination. Likewise, Luca Baldassari’s bass lines are solid, complex yet unobtrusive. While the keyboards have often been relegated to a textural position in fusion over the last decade, Alberto Bonomi isn’t afraid to let his smooth washes and jagged lines step right out and sing. He has the good sense to choose appropriate tones and techniques that don’t date the music before the band can even get going. He and drummer Alberto De Grandis, a fine master of surging, crashing rhythmic power, composed all of the selections here. They also perform the vocals on the lovely, crystalline “Caleidoscopio”. Bonomi’s organ is majestic on “Ragno”, complementing the dotty fabrications of the other performers. Kudos to Moonjune Records for releasing this magnificent show; may we continue to hear more great things from both the label and DFA.
Track Listing: Escher; Caleidoscopio; Trip On Metro; La Via; Pantera; Ragno.
Personnel: Silvio Minella, guitars; Luca Baldassari, electric bass; Alberto Bonomi, keyboards, vocals; Alberto De Grandis, drums, vocals.
Record Label: Moonjune Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock
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