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Robert Genco


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.93 | 9 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Robert Genco was a drummer out of Italy who released his lone album back in 1977. We don't know much about Robert but he's brought in some experienced Jazz musicians as we get a six piece with a bass/cello player, sax/flute, trumpet/flugelhorn, electric piano/organ, sax/flute and a guitarist. Genco adds English vocals and vibes to his excellent drum work. This was love at first listen and we have some players here. Really enjoyed spinning this one all last week. I have to mention the surprise GONG references both vocally and instrumentally. It's just surprising to me because this leans in the Jazz Rock/Fusion direction all the way. The sax and trumpet can be dissonant and passionate and the flute is really well done. Often it's the horns, flute, guitar or electric piano soloing over a killer rhythm section.

Favourite track is that over 10 minute opener called "Angosia". You just have to hear the repetitive bass line on this one. So infectious with the drums while the horn and guitar solo. Some vocals too in this one. "All Recomposes" is different early on as we get some rare cello as the organ stews. It all changes when the flute, guitar and drums arrive around a minute in. Fragile vocals too. "Nature And Transmigration" is the 18 1/2 minute bomb. We get some GONG-like vocals early as well as later on before 15 1/2 minutes along with being instrumentally similar to GONG. Man this track allows the musicians to show their stuff including a drum solo from Robert to end it. The closer is another highlight opening with Genco's best drum work on here before the guitar kicks in sounding really good, love the tone. It turns jazzy with that bass and drum work. Like a nod to the greats. A catchy, feel good section with vocals before 2 minutes. This is simply a very consistent and well played album that will satisfy the appetite of Jazz/Rock lovers out there.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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