All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

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...

37

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

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 Between the Silence CD/LP/Track Review
Between the Silence
by John Kelman
Published: August 19, 2018
Read Flying CD/LP/Track Review
Flying
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 19, 2018
Read Barxeta II CD/LP/Track Review
Barxeta II
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 19, 2018
Read Vidas Simples CD/LP/Track Review
Vidas Simples
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: August 19, 2018
Read Kinship CD/LP/Track Review
Kinship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 18, 2018
Read Ask For Chaos CD/LP/Track Review
Ask For Chaos
by Gareth Thompson
Published: August 18, 2018
Read "Meander" CD/LP/Track Review Meander
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 6, 2018
Read "Live in Zürich" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Zürich
by John Sharpe
Published: May 16, 2018
Read "Jondo" CD/LP/Track Review Jondo
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2017
Read "Happy Orchestra: Baba" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Orchestra: Baba
by Paul Rauch
Published: September 14, 2017
Read "Bright Force" CD/LP/Track Review Bright Force
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 19, 2018
Read "Be Cool" CD/LP/Track Review Be Cool
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: July 7, 2018