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Live, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

01. Mai per Comando (5:32)
02. Cleopatra Through (7:37)
03. Currywürst (7:40)
04. Egiziaca (8:20)
05. Mani In Faccia (7:48)
06. Negative Creep (4:57)

Line-up / Musicians

Derek di Perri / Harmonica
Marcello Giannini / Guitars
Vincenzo Lamagna / Bass
Salvatore Rainone / Drums
Ciro Riccardi / Trumpet
Pietro Santangelo / Tenor Sax
Riccardo Villari / Electric Violin

Releases information

Recorded live on May 27, 2016 at Casa di Alex (Milan)

CD: Moonjune Records - MJR089
LP: Soundfly - SFLP001

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Review by kev rowland
5 stars Slivovitz are back with their fourth album, which has been made available in multiple formats: HD Download (24bit/88.2khz WAV, FLAC, M4A, MP3-320) and CD (rigid cardboard Mini LP gatefold style packaging, on MoonJune, in collaboration with Audio Anatomy, Poland) and LP - 180 gram vinyl (released in a limited quantity on the Italian vinyl only label SoundFly). Recorded live on May 27th, 2016 at Casa di Alex (Milan), here we have the same line-up that recorded the previous studio album, with material being taken from both 'All You Can Eat' and 'Bani Ahead'. As one would expect from these guys, they have taken the original material and have kept it incredibly tight, but have also allowed themselves to expand and take it into new directions.

These guys are at one with the music, and at one with each other. Yes there is a great deal of structure, there needs to be when the music is as complex as this, yet there is also plenty of room for individual expression. Marcello Giannini allows himself to turn his amp up just that little bit more, using distortion to create a backdrop where he can sit and let the others take the lead, or provide just that little bit of edge. One of the highlights of the set is "Cleopatra Through", where the guys do allow Riccardo Villari to demonstrate his skills with the violin, and one can feel/hear them all champing at the bit waiting to make their presence felt. It is almost like a pack of wolves, they all want to demonstrate that they are the alpha, but let the others strut their stuff first. The restraint being displayed by all of them is quite considerable, but the music as a whole is always more important than any single individual, and they know when it is time not to play, when it is time to support, and when it is time to just let loose the hounds and go full blast into the dark night. Music likes this takes on an additional edge when in the live environment, and if you have yet to approach these guys, then this is the pl;ace to start.

Review by memowakeman
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Fascinating!

Since the very first time I listened to this live album I felt completely mesmerized and I dare say, it might be my favorite Moonjune live record so far. It is simply extraordinary! It was recorded back in 2016 and release in this 2018, so as you can imagine the production made a great job so they could hand us a CD with a magnificent sound and incredibly well performed music. These Italian play just like a musician has, with true passion, joy, incredible individual skills but most important, with a great communion as a band.

It kicks off with the vibrant "Mai per Comando", and believe me, since he very first seconds you will want to stand up and shake your body, you will have to, I bet. The brass section is wonderful here, maybe the one that caught my attention first, but what strings and drums do is also superb, full of energy and most important, reflecting on stage the already superb compositions. "Cleopatra Through" shows the amazing power of partnership, I mean, they are all together and all of a sudden there is a disconnection and later the musicians add their grain of sand little by little, as a result of years of practice and getting to know each other. Here the violin takes a special place after a couple of minutes, guiding his companions into a jazz-rock atmosphere. This (and well, actually all) is a wonderful track!

"Currywurst" is a personal favorite, I loved it since the "All You Can Eat" times, so as you can imagine, to listen to this live performance almost produced me a heart-attack (in a positive sense) because what they do is simply amazing, they can take the listener to a virtual trip to the stage when this was recorded and let us feel embraced by its deep atmospheres and that incredible musicianship they possess. Jazz, fusion, funk, rock, all gathered here and flawlessly performed. "Egiziaca" reminds me that there is also a gypsy flavor on Slivovitz music and that I had not mentioned it. They have the talent to gather elements from different genres and schools and put them together in a single composition. It is great how they manage to offer powerful and fast moments and then all of a sudden change and offer much softer (but somber) passages that take us to the times of Miles Davis. Masters!

"Mani in Faccia" lasts a couple more minutes than the original version and I thank the band for that. This song has an exquisite blend of elements, the intensity of the brass section, the delicacy of the violin, the amazing fast energy of bass and drums, while guitar creates some quirky notes here and there. It is like a representing a regular day's emotions: energy, joy, tranquility, doubt, hurry and even fatigue. "Negative Creep" is a cover of 90s Nirvana, I admit I had to search and listen to the original song because I didn't remember it (not a Nirvana fan, btw), and well, it is curious they decided to play it live, however, the result is as one can expect from a band like Slivovitz: amazing. This is the kind of covers we need, something really different that yes, might respect the essence of the original, but most important, respect the essence of the band that covers it. Sax and trumpet are the substitute of the voice and they make it great!

This outstanding live album finishes with "Caldo Bagno" which is another wonderful composition shared on a flawless performance. I think there is not so much to add by now, I've been digging this album recently and I simply love it, which is why I highly recommend it to you, no matter if you are a Slivovitz newbie or a connoisseur, the music here speaks for itself.

Five stars, easily!

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