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Perigeo

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3.87 | 50 ratings | 5 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Posto di non so dove
2. Grandangolo
3. Aspettando il nuovo giorno
4. Azimut
5. Un respiro
6. 36 parallelo

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Line-up / Musicians

- Bruno Biriaco / drums, percussion
- Franco D'Andrea / acoustic & electric pianos
- Claudio Fasoli / alto & soprano saxophone
- Tony Sidney / electric guitar
- Giovanni Tommaso / vocals, basses

Releases information

Lp. RCA Records PSL 10555 / Cd. RCA Records ND 74103 (1989)

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PERIGEO Azimut ratings distribution


3.87
(50 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
32%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
40%
Good, but non-essential (26%)
26%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars First album from the best Italian jazz-rock band, and the first of a few masterpieces in a row, all of them being distinctive from one another, something that's not always evident in the JR/F style. Perigeo has their sound somewhere between Mwandishi, MD's BB, Soft Machine, Nucleus and Iceberg. I have rarely seen such a bizarre/ugly artwork illustrating so well the music on the disc: if you can easily picture your head/brains after listen of this album through the headphone, chances are that it wouldn't look too far away from this, maybe with added smoke coming out of the ears.

Perigeo holds one particularity that no other bands in memory (mine anyways) has: its leader is a bassist, which in jazz circles is quite uncommon. Indeed Giovanni Tomasso is not only the bassist and contrabassist (with and without the bow), but he plays synths and percussion as well as singing (quite well too) whatever few vocals there are on their albums. He's also on this album, the sole songwriter as well. The other musicians are also quite fine at their respective crafts, especially Franco D'Andrea on keyboards and Claudio Fasoli on saxes. Another particularity of theirs was to have an American on the guitars Tony Sidney, who will record a few albums on his own a bit later. Rounding up Perigeo is drummer Biriaco, whom hogs the stool quite well.

Rising on spacey noises, the sublime Posto Di Non Dove starts to grab you with a quiet electric piano over a Floyd-like organ and Tommasso's superb scatting vocals. Halfway through, the song changes abruptly with a strong repetitive descending riff on bass and guitar, while D'Andrea's piano is reminiscent of Keith Tippet, while Tommasso's singing takes on another lovely direction. The lengthy Grandangolo is a track filled with dissonant bits accompanying a pedestrian bass, before the track settles into a groove with Fasoli's doubled or tripled sax gives a bit of a brass rock chorus. Around the half of the track, the need to go higher is felt and the group increased the tempo a bit. The short and tense Aspettando was with is a relatively common track.

The lengthy title track opening the flipside starting on a bowed contrabass and Tippett-like piano are leading the tune to unsuspected peak somewhere not too far from Alice Coltrane, while Sidney's guitar finally gets a few lines, but the track returns to Tommasso's superb bass and D'Andrea's awesome piano, until it fades out. The aptly-titled short Un Respiro is Tommasso's vocals over quiet sax fills. 36th Parallel closes out by giving some exposition to Fasoli's sax lines and Biriaco's drums first, then Tommasso's bass, going dissonant again,

Quite an outstanding debut album, Azimut failed to attract much attention to itself, something the group's second album "Abbiamo.." would, as well as its Genealogia successor. It must be noted that in Azimut, the band might have well had been a quartet for young Tony Sidney's guitar is more than discreet and apart a few loud moments, iot's almost inexistent. But in either case, this will not stop Azimut to be a highly recommended debut album that all fans of Nucleus and Tippertt must own.

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Posted Monday, March 01, 2004

Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is where it all started for Perigeo, the band that would signal the times and heights of Italy's jazz- rock scene for the following years. Given the spirit of experimentation and renewal that was spreading all over the country in popular music, Perigeo took notice of that and turned from a traditional jazz-rock band to a modern jazz-fusion ensemble. For this "Azimut" the obvious main point of reference is Weather Report, mostly regarding the ethereal atmospheres and the fluid use of exotic cadences in the rhythm section. The opener 'Presto di non so Dove' kicks off on a tone of spiritual tranquility that almost seems to lay silent in wait for teh sun to rise in the horizon. The track's second half is a full- band jam that keeps things quite dreamy, spreading the initial mood and making it just a little bit more extrovetive. 'Grandangolo' initially follows in a similar vein albeit structured in a more intense mood: D'Andrea, Sydney and Fasoli really shine in their own respective leads on electric piano, guitar and alto sax. Somewhere near the end the group creates an absorbing moment of chaos, in this way setting a moment of frenzy that ultimately reaches a properly conclusive coda. This is one of the album's highlights, no doubt about it. 'Aspettando il Nuovo Giorno' returns to the more reflective mood of the opener, although its jam-friendly scheme keeps things quite groovy. It's a pity that this track only lasts less than 4 minutes, since its catchiuness should have definitely been more expanded. This kind of shyness is not repeated on the title track (another highlight). Track 4 reinstates the recurrent serene stance in the shape of a surreal travel through well-ordained yet free-developing sounds. You can tell that this band's debut shows true accomplished musicians, natural veterans so to speak. The amalgamation of piano arpeggios and bow-driven contrabass lines create a delicate limbo seasoned with percussive ornaments. When the guitar and bass guitar settle the middle section, it's time for the full ensemble to elaborate an agile motif that includes a spectacular piano solo. 'Un Respiro' is a brief interlude that serves as a moment of rest and softly breathing before the arrival of the 10- minute long '36 Parallelo', a very focused jam-oriented piece. The contrast between the sober electric piano chord progressions and the exuberant sax and chanting lines helps the band to bring out its extroverted side with more fuition than on any other colorful passage in the preceding repertoire. All musicians alternate the solo parts (including a magnificent drum venture by Bruno Biriaco). It's a pity that this tracks doesn't meet a proper climax to close down the album: hypothetically speaking, 'Grandangolo' would have made a more adequate closure, but all in all, it is a good idea that the album's final seconds are so patently uptempo. "Azimut" shows a few unpolished corners in Perigeo's sonic building, but it is also clear that the band is almost already there t meet its apex in albums such as "Abbiamo Tutti un Blues di Piangere", "Genealogia" and "La Valle dei Templi".

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Posted Sunday, April 20, 2008

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars 3 stars for a strong and quite original debut...

A very important jazz rock band from Italy,almost equal to AREA in terms of music value.They were formed in Rome in 1971 and soon after they were signed by RCA Label,which released their debut ''Azimut'' in 1972.Entirely written by bassist/vocalist Giovanni Tommaso,the album is quite experimental considering the time of its release,containing six jazz rock-oriented compositions with a very smooth sound characterized by the distinctive saxes and the atmospheric slow-tempo electric piano parts,without lacking in tension through some crazy moments of improvisations.There is also an intense spacey feeling during the listening,while some vocal parts are sung in a style close to byzantine hymns,making the whole effort even more thrilling.Fans of bands like WEATHER REPORT or NUCLEUS should simply check this out.A very promising start!

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Posted Monday, September 01, 2008

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
4 stars If UK was the original habitat for Prog, then USA was the same for fusion. But just as with Prog there were many acts all over the world that absorbed the pioneering influence made it into their own. Germany was probably the leader of the pack, but also Italy spawned a couple of interesting acts, Area is the obvious spotlight, but also lesser known acts such as this Perigeo have made wonderful albums.

In true Italian fashion, Perigeo concentrated on creating beauty and harmony. In fact they took the magical dreamy mood of early Weather Report and removed the roughest edges of that band's experimentation without becoming too polished or cheesy. With a concentrated interplay between the members they eschewed virtuoso heroics and put all their money on composition and atmosphere. A wise choice that pays off wonderfully on the debut. Also the occasional vocals add greatly to the atmosphere.

With 6 moving fusion tracks of consistent quality that I appreciate this album as much as the early Weather Report period. It's probably not been as ground-breaking or inspiring but it's simply a great listen.

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Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is PERIGEO's debut called "Azimut" released in 1972. It would be the first of three straight albums that I think are incredible. WEATHER REPORT came to mind most often when listening to this record with the atmospheres and style of playing.This is if nothing else an interesting listen.

"Posto Di Non So Dove" opens with atmophere as piano then vocals arrive a minute in. It kicks into gear around 3 1/2 minutes with drums, bass, guitar and piano.Vocals are back late. "Grandangolo" again opens with atmosphere as sounds come and go including sax. They start to groove after a minute.This reminds me of Zappa. Some cool guitar expressions here.This sounds great with the electric piano playing over top. It's intense after 4 minutes.The guitar starts to solo before 5 minutes.The sax replaces the guitar after 6 minutes. An intense and chaotic finish to this one. "Aspettando Il Nuova Giorno" opens with gentle piano as it slowly starts to build as bass, cymbals and other sounds join in.

"Azimut" starts out with soft keys as these wind chime-like sounds join in and alto sax. Lots of atmosphere here.The intensity is rising 1 1/2 minutes in until after 3 minutes when it calms down. Bass, keys, sax and drums create a new soundscape and this sounds really good. "Un Respiro" is a short melancholic piece with reserved vocals and sax as the wind blows. "36 Parallelo" is the longest track at around 10 minutes and the closer. Let's just say they go out with a bang here. Lots of energy reminding me of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA as they light it up early.The guitar solos over top. Sax replaces the guitar after 2 minutes. A drum show before 4 minutes then it's the bass' turn before 5 1/2 minutes.The sax comes in honking before 8 minutes as the bass continues. It turns intense 9 minutes in before ending with a calm.

4.5 stars is probably more like it for this ride.

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