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Motivated by the British Canterbury progressive rock scene, this Italian band had only released two albums during their reign in the 70’s as Camere Zimmer Rooms represents previously unheard studio material recorded between 1977-1980. Hence, during the early 70’s - 80’s, the European prog-rock movement was all about taking chances. In those days, musicians’ often incorporated elements of free-jazz, classical, folk, pop and other genres into their repertoires, as the Canterbury scene largely signified new terrain amid whimsical storybook-like themes and fierce improvisational tactics. Here, the sextet known as “Picchio dal Pozzo” surges forth via romantically melodic overtones, swiftly implemented time signatures and jazzy interplay in concert with the proverbial peaks, valleys, knotty twists and circuitous turns. With “The President,” the band intermingles airy dreamscapes with whispery vocal choruses atop solid backbeats and keyboardist Aldo De Scalzi’s ambient textures, although they do manage to stir the pot on more than one occasion.
No doubt, this was a tight outfit, yet the artists afforded themselves some wiggle room by delving into wily, multi-layered sax parts, multipart harmonies and De Scalzi’s endearing electric piano/mini-moog soloing. Otherwise the ensemble along with three guest musicians provide a series of heart-warming yet at times, feverishly executed passages throughout this altogether worthwhile blast from the recent past. Recommended.
I love jazz because I enjoy the freedom.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was 17.
I met Cedar Walton at a concert in San Paulo.
The best show I ever attended was Helio Jambao trio.
The first jazz record I bought was Witchcraft by George Benson.
My advice to new listeners is listen to the old school first.