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SARABANDA

Venegoni & Co

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.63 | 17 ratings

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1967/ 1976
4 stars A VENEGONI WAY FOR JAZZ PROG IN RPI STYLE

'Sarabanda' is the 2nd Venegoni & Co. album but if you think you can get your hands on an album in Arti+ (&) Mestieri style you are outside of the road... Of a twisted road. In my humble opinion Venegoni & Co. is a band more close to RPI that a pure Jazz Rock band. If this is not a problem, you considering also that Venegono & Co. is an Italian ensemble.

In this innermost revealing what I wrote (and not wanting to create false illusions) I have to write that 'Sarabanda' is an excellent example of Jazz Rock, really massive and Mediterranean. Certainly more fluid respect to Mahavishnu Orchestra but not latin as Santana. a right mix is the correct description of this musical proposal.

It goes without saying that if you look at Perigeo in Venegoni & Co. you are really stupid, because it would go to try to say that a cow and a finch are the same thing! And this without offense to anyone. In fact Vnegoni & Co. was (and is) more close to Lanzetti's PFM that close to Perigeo. Jazz Rock period of Tony Esposito or Baricentro was more approchable to Venegoni & Co. (as Arti+ [&] Mestieri).

'Sarabanda' is not a masterpiece. For me is only a light album with great songs, in the way of European Jazz Rock but with more mediterranean flavor. In 'Live... Somewhere In Seventies' the only song of 'Sarabanda' that is not present is 'Opa'. And I prefer these versions because aged well. The studio version appear to me as normal songs with good arrangements. Also if normal in this case is equal to great song (i'm repetitive, I know).

I think that 'Sarabanda' is a good album also because these songs have a hard writing and light production with a bad recording process. If this mix is a great defect I don't know because in this case this mix is perfect for this music.

So if for you italy is not only maccheroni or pizza, Napoli, Rome or Venice... And since Turin is one of the European capital of Jazz... Venegoni & Co. is another band that not disfigure in your Italian Prog collection.

1967/ 1976 | 4/5 |

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