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The project Neo originated in 2001 when two jazz educated musicians, guitarist Manlio Maresca and drummer Antonio Zitarelli, join Fabrizio Giovampietro’s bass to create an instrumental avant-blues trio. The geographic epicenter of the project is the sunny beach of Terracina, a truthful town of southern Lazio, although the trio is harmonically and rhythmically closer to Northern Europe’s contemporary music, except for the overseas influences of Frank Zappa, Fred Frith, John Zorn or Minuteman. They begin to propose their destructured and madly ironic sound to the small clubs of Lazio, rewriting the traditional blues and effectively experimenting an unconventional blend of jazz, rock and punk who leads them in a few years to major artistic achievements and a brilliant reputation in Italy and abroad. After two selfproduced albums, Neo are chosen by Wallace Records and incorporated in the P.O

Néo

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Bloodlines; Dreams; Prism; Kagura Gurui (Duo); Chiru; Together Alone; Iki; Kagura Gurui II; Shinobu; reverse; Kagura Gurui III; One.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kaoru Watanabe: Néo

Read "Néo" reviewed by James Nadal

Nostalgia, in Japanese, lightly translates into natsukashisa, a yearning for something from the past. American born, multi-instrumentalist Kaoru Watanabe has reverted to his ancestral Japan for inspiration on Néo, a synthesis of dignified taiko drumming with the jazz sensibility of improvisation. Prepared with a degree in jazz flute and saxophone performance, Watanabe spent a decade performing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Neo - Neoclassico (2011)

Neo - Neoclassico (2011)

At the very moment I was waxing poetic last year over Italian whack jazz trio Neo's last album Water Resistance, the band was in a studio in Chicago recording their next album. Neoclassico, as it became known as, was finally released stateside last month on Cuneiform's Wayside imprint, and it's been a album well worth the ...

Water Resistance

Label: Megasound
Released: 2009


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