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LIVER

Slivovitz

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.95 | 4 ratings

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memowakeman
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5 stars Fascinating!

Since the very first time I listened to this live album I felt completely mesmerized and I dare say, it might be my favorite Moonjune live record so far. It is simply extraordinary! It was recorded back in 2016 and release in this 2018, so as you can imagine the production made a great job so they could hand us a CD with a magnificent sound and incredibly well performed music. These Italian play just like a musician has, with true passion, joy, incredible individual skills but most important, with a great communion as a band.

It kicks off with the vibrant "Mai per Comando", and believe me, since he very first seconds you will want to stand up and shake your body, you will have to, I bet. The brass section is wonderful here, maybe the one that caught my attention first, but what strings and drums do is also superb, full of energy and most important, reflecting on stage the already superb compositions. "Cleopatra Through" shows the amazing power of partnership, I mean, they are all together and all of a sudden there is a disconnection and later the musicians add their grain of sand little by little, as a result of years of practice and getting to know each other. Here the violin takes a special place after a couple of minutes, guiding his companions into a jazz-rock atmosphere. This (and well, actually all) is a wonderful track!

"Currywurst" is a personal favorite, I loved it since the "All You Can Eat" times, so as you can imagine, to listen to this live performance almost produced me a heart-attack (in a positive sense) because what they do is simply amazing, they can take the listener to a virtual trip to the stage when this was recorded and let us feel embraced by its deep atmospheres and that incredible musicianship they possess. Jazz, fusion, funk, rock, all gathered here and flawlessly performed. "Egiziaca" reminds me that there is also a gypsy flavor on Slivovitz music and that I had not mentioned it. They have the talent to gather elements from different genres and schools and put them together in a single composition. It is great how they manage to offer powerful and fast moments and then all of a sudden change and offer much softer (but somber) passages that take us to the times of Miles Davis. Masters!

"Mani in Faccia" lasts a couple more minutes than the original version and I thank the band for that. This song has an exquisite blend of elements, the intensity of the brass section, the delicacy of the violin, the amazing fast energy of bass and drums, while guitar creates some quirky notes here and there. It is like a representing a regular day's emotions: energy, joy, tranquility, doubt, hurry and even fatigue. "Negative Creep" is a cover of 90s Nirvana, I admit I had to search and listen to the original song because I didn't remember it (not a Nirvana fan, btw), and well, it is curious they decided to play it live, however, the result is as one can expect from a band like Slivovitz: amazing. This is the kind of covers we need, something really different that yes, might respect the essence of the original, but most important, respect the essence of the band that covers it. Sax and trumpet are the substitute of the voice and they make it great!

This outstanding live album finishes with "Caldo Bagno" which is another wonderful composition shared on a flawless performance. I think there is not so much to add by now, I've been digging this album recently and I simply love it, which is why I highly recommend it to you, no matter if you are a Slivovitz newbie or a connoisseur, the music here speaks for itself.

Five stars, easily!

memowakeman | 5/5 |

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