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Il Baricentro


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.61 | 30 ratings

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4 stars Excellent!

This is to my ears an enjoyable album that any jazz fusion follower would love, another great non- symphonic Italian band, some of those hidden gems that come from this country, but first of all i want to thank to a friend of mine who is also a member here, Jesus (cucacola54) because he introduced me to this band last year when i went to his city to a concert, i asked him for some recommendations and he rightly talked me about Il Baricentro.

Recently when i also discovered Festa Mobile, i knew that Il Baricentro was a band formed after the dead of the Festa Mobile project, Francesco and Vanni Bocuzzi along with Toni Napolitano were members of it, but contrary to the symphonic oriented style that Festa Mobile offered, this new band created instrumental progressive rock totally oriented to the jazz fusion side of it, the band first released Sconcerto which to be honest i have not listened yet, and in 1978 they made Trusciant which is what i will review in a second, sadly, Il Baricentro was only one of those italian bands that disbanded after one or two albums when they really had a potential to create more music, anyway they left this gem and i am happy to listen to it.

Trusciant is a 7-song album where there are no weak moments at all, on the other hand, there are moments that could be described as flawless, the album is short indeed, one or two more songs wouldn`t have done any harm, but when the music is as great as this, the lenght is the less important.

Karwan is a great opener, it has a sensational feeling that makes me be happy when i listen to it and actually move my body with the rythm of the song, the keyboards are very nice played and the drumming has that obvious jazz and funky style. Trusciant is very different from the previous one, while at yhe beginning we have a delicate piano work, then it turns into some funeral drumming and good keyboard playing, the second part of the song has the more obvious jazz flavour, then it fades out with some piano notes. Falo is a manific track that i like a lot due to its (again) happy feeling, this time we listen to some percussion that reminds me to some latinamerican music, the bass playing is very nice and then it has some good guitar riffs. Akua is a very soft track, i wouldn`t say this is an example of progressive rock, but it fits corectly with the album`s essence, this track is very melodic and well structured, nice keyboards and bass. Flox is another excellent track, its impossible not to think about Weather Report when listening to it, of course if you already know them, the Weather Report feeling is really clear in this song. Font`Amara a 7-minute song which of course is the longest song of the album and believe me it is delightful, really enjoyable and you can notice the quality of the musicians here, the best track of the album without hesitation. Vivo is the last but not least track, a nice closer whose first piano part reminds me a bit to some Wakeman`s works, then the song turns completely into a jazzy one, just like the way the band used to play.

A short but great jazz fusion album from a very nice and not typical italian prog band of the seventies, i invite everyone to listen to them, and actually i am a bit worried to see this album has only one review written 3 years ago!!! Excellent album without a doubt, recommendable to any prog lover, 4 stars my final grade!

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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