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Secret Cinema



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3 stars Sweeping half-hour gems from Beppe Crovella

Mr. Crovella does get around. The distinguished keyboardist from jazz-prog outfit Arti Mestieri is also a producer and composer, not to mention releasing albums under several different band projects. Secret Cinema is rather close to his Tower project and the album 'Tales from a Book of Yestermorrow (and fans of Secret Cinema should be rushing to find that one.) But 'Dreamin' of My Past' is a bit more fully realized, a bit richer for prog fans. The album features only two tracks and each clocks in at over a half an hour. Epic stuff! Each piece fuses healthy doses of folk, light jazz, classical, and Italian prog flavorings. Like long 70s prog-rock suites but often with a more modern feel, they will move from raucous jams with punchy bass and spirited guitar leads to quieter, almost Celtic moments with the angelic vocals of Agnese Cacciola (singing in English.) Crovella's bold vintage and modern keyboards will provide a solid backdrop throughout, his playing just exemplary. There are also majestic orchestrations and lovely flute to accent these long and winding songs. I especially love the variety of keyboard textures Crovella utilizes and how they gel with the rather upfront bass presence throughout, it rocks and yet it also can be fragile and sprightly. Because of the generous lengths Crovella can really stretch out and give into all of his compositional fancies, and he does. The songs take you on an adventure like a Willowglass album or a Camel suite. It's a wonderful work that I've certainly taken to and should appeal to a wide cross of neo-prog and symphonic prog fans. Melodic, uplifting, occasionally coloured by melancholic moments, but always lovely. Recommended. 3 1/2 stars.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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