Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

79

Slivovitz: Liver

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
This high-flying Italian jazz rock septet performs live in your listening space via the upfront and shrewdly recorded audio capturing the artists in peak form at a Milan venue. With shades of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Curlew and Italian prog rock pioneers' PFM, harmonica ace Derek Di Perri fuses an organic country-like aura into the band's electrifying attack, that consists of measured firepower and feverish soloing sprees. Here, the artists cover material from their previous Moonjune Records releases Bani Ahead (2011) and All You Can Eat (2016). No doubt, they were performing at an exalted level of excellence, or in simple terms, they brought their A game to the table.

The septet's jolting cadences and razor-sharp interactions contrast a horde of tornadic motifs, brimming with guitarist Marcello Giannini's hard rock crunch chords and electric violinist Riccardo Villari's soaring staccato lines and supple melodic content. Along with complex unison choruses and the hornists' punctual and resonating passages, the soloists are supplied with lots of breathing room amid climactic buildups leading to thrills a nanosecond. The band integrates hummable themes and luminous melodies with vastly exciting movements as they maintain a signature sound while homogenizing disparate musical worlds throughout.

Upbeat pieces abound. For example, the funk-soul inspired "Currywurst," sounds like a meeting between James Brown and Tower of Power, ramped up by Di Perri's ravaging solo and a linear motif marked by Villari's spiraling trajectory. But Giannini's metallic crunch chords pose an ominous vista towards the finale. Then "Negative Creep" opens with the guitarist's Hendrix-style feedback and Salvatore Rainone's bashing polyrhythmic flurries. Moreover, the hornists pepper the pulse with terse phrasings, yet they change colors by venturing into the free jazz wilderness during the bridge, as all hell breaks loose. (Passionately recommended!)

Track Listing: Mai Per Comando; Cleopatra; Currywurst; Egiziaca; Mani In Faccia; Negative Creep; Caldo Bagno.

Personnel: Pietro Santangelo: tenor saxophone; Marcello Giannini: guitars, Derek Di Perri: harmonica; Ciro  Riccardi: trumpet; Riccardo Villari: electric violin; Vincenzo Lamagna: bass; Salvatore Rainone: drums.

Title: Liver | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: MoonJune Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
  • Liver by Chris M. Slawecki
  • Liver by Glenn Astarita
From the Inside Out
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Liver

Liver

MoonJune Records
2018

buy
All You Can Eat

All You Can Eat

MoonJune Records
2016

buy
All You Can Eat

All You Can Eat

MoonJune Records
2015

buy
Bani Ahead

Bani Ahead

MoonJune Records
2011

buy
Hubris

Hubris

MoonJune Records
2009

buy

Related Articles

Read I Always Knew CD/LP/Track Review
I Always Knew
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 12, 2018
Read It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen CD/LP/Track Review
It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 12, 2018
Read Volume One CD/LP/Track Review
Volume One
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: December 12, 2018
Read Songs in the Key of Wonder CD/LP/Track Review
Songs in the Key of Wonder
by Geannine Reid
Published: December 12, 2018
Read SHIFTED CD/LP/Track Review
SHIFTED
by James Fleming
Published: December 12, 2018
Read Vilddjur CD/LP/Track Review
Vilddjur
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 11, 2018
Read "Cabin In The Sky" CD/LP/Track Review Cabin In The Sky
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 30, 2018
Read "If You Really Want" CD/LP/Track Review If You Really Want
by Chris Mosey
Published: September 12, 2018
Read "Ninety-Nine Years" CD/LP/Track Review Ninety-Nine Years
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 13, 2018
Read "Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen" CD/LP/Track Review Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen
by Vitalijus Gailius
Published: November 19, 2018
Read "It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen" CD/LP/Track Review It's Alright To Dream featuring JD Allen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 12, 2018
Read "Vista" CD/LP/Track Review Vista
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 29, 2018