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La Bambibanda E Melodie


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.47 | 28 ratings

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3 stars "Bambibanda" is a reincarnation of "Garybaldi" which was a reincarnation of "Gleeman"?

Although the difference between the first two bands was not obvious since it led to fully Hendrix oriented music, this one is rather different in style.

The trio drums, bass and guitar has been joined by an additional percussionist who is really prominent in several tracks. The music is mainly instrumental. Italian symph lovers, be aware that this album holds little of these elements. It is mainly jazz/fusion oriented, but with a symphonic angle.

I can't help to compare this work with some "Santana" albums (post "Caravansera´") or solo album from the great man.

The long "Pian Della Tortilla" is the best example I can find about this relation, but there are plenty of others as well. This epic is the highlight of this album even if some parts might be considered as too jammy. It takes some time to get there since the start is quite hesitant. But once the screaming guitar begins to soar, a deep "Santana" feel invades your ears. It is only augmented by the very good percussion work.

The melodic and symphonic "Libera E Felice" shows a completely different angle from the band. Much more accessible, and again fully "Santana" oriented during the wonderful guitar part. But most of this album features this wonderful influence and "Calabuigi" is no different. Superb fusion moment, that's a given.

Some upbeat and more rocking atmosphere is conveyed during the joyful "Piccolo Gitano". Just to show the band can also play in another register. But one is soon brought back into the "Santana" mood with the very good "Mare Delle Terre Medie".

I'm very sorry to have made so many references to one of my beloved bands, but there is hardly no way to avoid the feeling while reviewing this album. Just bear in mind that you won't hear the Latin rock of the early years, but well the jazz-fusion times available in the mid seventies.

This is a good album which should be classified in the jazz-rock style. Three stars (seven out of ten to be honest).

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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