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3.48 | 28 ratings | 3 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Lonious Gropious (3:28)
2. Modulor (5:53)
3. Bijoux (9:46)
4. Section Aurea (4:34)
5. Stairway To Escher (5:23)
6. Ri-Fusion (8:46)
7. Tipi Di Topoi (9:04)

Total Time: 46:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Luigi Calabṛ / guitar
- Claudio Giusti / saxophone
- Alberto Festa / keyboards
- Paolo Damiani / bass
- Rino Sangiorgio / drums

Releases information

CD Akarma

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BAUHAUS Stairway to Escher ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by apps79
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3 stars Born out of the ashes of Buon Vecchio Charlie, this Italian Jazz Rock combo was equal unlucky at its precursor, not having the chance to come up with a proper recording during its brief career.Three member of Buon Vecchio Charlie participate on Bauhaus, guitarist Luigi Calabro, bassist Paolo Damiani and drummer Rino Sangiorgio along with sax player Claudio Giusti and keyboardist Alberto Festa.Bauhaus performed at the Villa Pamphili festival in Rome in 1974, where they won the Best Italian Band prize and their only documents come from a live session at the Festa Garage Studios around the same time.However these recordings would only see the light some 30 years later as a posthumous album, released on Akarma under the title ''Stairway to Escher''.

Buon Vecchio Charlie had their jazzy moments as well, but the new step on this early Italian Prog group's members was definitely in a much jazzier vein, extremely close to compatriots PERIGEO, who were quite succesful at the time, with loose arrangements, rich solos and a sense of freedom among their musical ideas.Slight WEATHER REPORT and RETURN TO FOREVER inspirations are also present throughout the listening.The seven pieces follow the vein of electric Jazz Rock with extended jamming parts and alternating climates, starting from mellow sax-based intros and ending in a fiery Jazz Rock attitude with pounding bass and drum parts, very sharp electric guitars and ethereal electric piano lines.Lots of inventive sax leads, some nice interplays and of course tons of individual jazzy solos are present as well.The tracks contain very dense instrumental music with little space for breathing and often an abstract, quirky style with constantly shifting performances.The result is pretty good with some of Calabro's guitar moves being absolutely fascinating, while Festa's dreamy electric piano is propably the main reason of the CHICK KOREA-related similarities.

Akarma reissued the album in vinyl for die-hard fans of collectable issues and any fan of PERIGEO, dense electric Fusion and sax-fronted Jazz Rock should be a proud owner of this album.Warmly recommended.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars BAUHAUS were a five piece Jazz Rock band out of Italy who never released an album in their day but this 1974 live in studio recording was finally released in 2003. The interesting thing about this band is that three of the members come from BUON VECCHIO CHARLIE, including the drummer, bassist and guitarist. This is all instrumental and a keyboardist and sax player round out the lineup. This is just a great sounding album with a killer rhythm section as the sax, guitar and keyboards take turns soloing over top. A real jam element to the music here as well especially on those three longer tracks. I'm just so impressed with the guys who solo because weather it's the sax, guitar or keyboards they change up their sound and styles. Heck even the bass player does that. I love that this is a consistent record with no highs or lows, it's all good. Easily 4 stars.

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3 stars No, this is not the goth-rock band of the same name; Bauhaus were an evolution of Buon Vecchio Charlie, playing strictly instrumental Jazz Rock. I hesitate to use the term fusion since the sound is much closer to jazz than that of contemporary groups such as Perigeo and Arti e Mestieri. In fac ... (read more)

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