419

Valerio Cosi / Enzo Franchini: Conference Of The Aquarians

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Did John Coltrane revisit his minor hit "My Favorite Things" after he met Rashied Ali? If he had, the Rodgers and Hammerstein song might have sounded a bit like saxophonist Valerio Cosi and drummer Enzo Franchini's version, re-titled "Part Seven" on the duo's Conference Of The Aquarians.

The pair recorded this and eight other tracks in July, 2006 in Lecce, Italy, for a small Italian label and it quickly sold out. Thankfully, it has been released anew by the US label Last Visible Dog.

Their duo work and subsequent overdubs register a healthy perspective on music making. Part free/part manipulation, it carries itself as intelligent experimentation. "Part Seven" begins with static distortion and frenetic drumming. As the melody takes shape so does a radio play. The intensity—call it noise—builds into a swirl of distortion that would make Thurston Moore quite proud.

The purpose here is not just the cacophony. In fact, a lack of discord prevails throughout. The pair has melded free music and thoughtful compositions; electronics added to the very simple and charming guitar melody of "Part Five" creates space age folk. The two stretch out a bit on the irresistible overdubbed groove of the opening "Part One" and the sitar-backed dreams of "Part Three," followed by some saxophone/drums call-and-response "Part Four," and the obligatory noise track, "Part Five."

This hidden gem, now available Stateside is indeed a vital find.


Track Listing: Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four; (Interference); Part Five; Part Six; Part Seven; Conclusion.

Personnel: Enzo Franchini: drums, cymbal, percussion, vibes; Valerio Cosi: alto saxophone, piano, double-bass, sitar, synthesizer, electronics, electric guitar, radio manipulations.

Title: Conference Of The Aquarians | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Last Visible Dog


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Whispers on the Wind CD/LP/Track Review Whispers on the Wind
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 23, 2017
Read Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman CD/LP/Track Review Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 23, 2017
Read Heptagon CD/LP/Track Review Heptagon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 23, 2017
Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read "Chronosome" CD/LP/Track Review Chronosome
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Collage of Moments" CD/LP/Track Review Collage of Moments
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: February 17, 2017
Read "Outside The Comfort Zone" CD/LP/Track Review Outside The Comfort Zone
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 24, 2017
Read "Daylight Ghosts" CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Lionsong" CD/LP/Track Review Lionsong
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Taking Direction" CD/LP/Track Review Taking Direction
by Marithe Van der Aa
Published: April 4, 2017

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT!  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.