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Venegoni & Co

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4 stars A superb album for this Italian Band. Instrumental work with some magic parts with some nice percussion when drums are not necessary for high quality music parts. A bit of Jazz fusion but some folk influencies and very spacey parts. The rare vocals parts complete the music context. Another great album from Italian seventies. The drums work are in jazz vein and keiboards are balanced for this work. The sax performance are very good. I like very much this band. One of the great Italian bands that play Jazz fusion in vein of Agora and Perigeo. Venegoni & Co is a very nice surprise to me and I recomended for all that like fusion music. This first album is a great album and they begining with 4 stars in my opinion.
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Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars This band is Luigi "Gigi" Venegoni, ex guitarist of Arti E Mestieri, new band after leaving that band. This album is the Venegoni & Co debut album. There is an interview somewhere else in PA with Luigi. That made me purchase their albums, but I have not had the time to come around to them before now.

Venegoni & Co is listed as a Jazz/Fusion album. But as with both them, D.F.A, Arti E Mestieri and some other Italian fusion bands; they should feel as much home in the Rock Progressivo Italiano genre as in fusion. This goes for this album too.

The basis here is fusion and the opening track Coesione is a brilliant piece of jazz. The band then moves towards instrumental Rock Progressivo Italiano and RIO a bit. But there are still a lot of fusion here too. Enough to warm the heart of a jazz lover. The music is woodwinds and tangent based. In this respect and in the way of putting together the tracks, this reminds me a about Soft Machine.

The quality of the material is really great throughout. This album is a journey through playful, intricate music and this album should really appeal to fans of D.F.A and Arti E Mestieri in addition to RPI fans. I really love this album, but also notes that it is not perfect. But it is still a great album.

4 stars

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Posted Sunday, January 29, 2012 | Review Permalink
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3 stars A project started in 1977 in Turin by Arti E Mestieri guitarist Luigi Venegoni.As stated from the name, this was more of a collaboration between Venegoni and several guest members than a regular band.The first album came out in 1977 under the title ''Rumore Rosso'' on Cramps label.It features no less than 12 guest appearances, among them saxes are handled by ex-Procession Maurizio Gianotti and ex-Pangea Claudio Pascoli.

''Rumore rosso'' moves a bit away from the fiery Prog/Fusion of Arti E Mestieri to be grounded in more Ethnic/Jazz-Rock fields, always with Venegoni's guitar performance in evidence.There is a handful of interplays to be discovered in here, the electric piano and clavinet play a dominant role, the jazzy rhythm section is of first class and the arrangements are free to move from structured themes to more loose solos with some interesting sax parts.While most of the length is dedicated to a style close to Jazz/Fusion with a rockin' attitude, there are also a few pieces with an evident folky vibe.Venegoni leaves his electric guitar to dominate the scene with his acoustic offerings and he is supported by a section with strong work on percussion, sitar, flutes and vibraphones in cuts with a heavy ethnic feeling and obvious Middle-Eastern tendencies.The album is largely instrumental but at moments there are vocal appearances in a wordless, almost Zeuhlish motive, making the sound even more personal and obscure.

Fans of the jazzy side of Progressive Rock and of course all Jazz/Fusion buffs are sure to love this album, which has been already reissued in CD by Electromantic Music.Warmly recommended.

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Posted Saturday, April 28, 2012 | Review Permalink

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