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Dedalus

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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4.13 | 66 ratings | 11 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Santiago (9:13)
2. Leda (4:30)
3. Conn (3:48)
4. C.T.6 (14:02)
5. Brilla (5:39)

Total Time: 37:12

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Line-up / Musicians

- Fiorenzo Bonansone / cello, electric piano, synthesizer
- Marco Di Castri / guitars, Tenor saxophone, percussion
- Furio Di Castri / bass, percussion
- Enrico Grosso / drums, percussion
- Rene Montegna from "AKTUALA" / African percussion

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LP Vynil Magic VM 009 (1973)

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DEDALUS Dedalus ratings distribution


4.13
(66 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
26%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
38%
Good, but non-essential (29%)
29%
Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
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Review by oliverstoned
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4 stars Very good obscure italian band offering an original instrumental jazz rock with slight experimental influences. Good technical mastery, moreover the music is surprisingly accomplished for such a "minor" band. It may evoke Soft machine at times for the pure jazz side but no plagiarism at all. Among the very best progressive albums from Italy. Excellent.

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Posted Friday, May 12, 2006

Review by philippe
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4 stars One of those 70's psychedelic treasures catching the essence of jazz rock with heavy grooves and hypno/experimental effects. The first track is a quick, electric jazz trip with abundant but linear guitar solos. Some nice keyboards parts accompany the jam. "Leda" is a floating jazzy tune with hyperactive psychedelic tones thanks to the use of amazing, atmospheric organ parts. The second part of the composition features a rather dreamy, spacey, evanescent soundscape punctuated by acid-psych bass grooves. "Conn" consists of improvisations with jammin' sax parts and really bizarre sound collages from a wide variety of instruments. "C.T.6" contains an elegant technical solo guitar sequence closed to Mc Laughlin's style. Not easy to approach for neophytes but highly recommended for convinced fans of jazz rock weirdo like Embryo and classic fusion jams from Miles Davis.

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Posted Saturday, December 16, 2006

Review by Gooner
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5 stars I discovered this self-titled DEDALUS gem around 1996 when Vinyl Magic sent me some promo CDs for my radio programme in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. To yours truly, this is 5 star prog.rock at its finest, but only if you like fusion progressive. This isn't your average jazz rock fusion record a la Mahavishnu Orchestra or Return To Forever. This will fall somewhere in between the Canterbury and R.I.O. schools. Highly experimental, but not unlisteneable. Certainly, traces of the aforementioned are evident. This would appeal to fans of "Islands-era King Crimson and Soft Machine "5"-era. One exception, DEDALUS is entirely instrumental. In fact, imagine the best instrumental sections from King Crimson's "Islands" fusing with Soft Machine "5"...and you've got yourself DEDALUS. To boot is an electric violinist sounding not unlike Jean-Luc Ponty and the more experimental aspects of a Didier Lockwood(re: Magma, Zao). The final track "Brilla" would've been an excellent track to follow up "A Sailor's Tale" on KC's "Islands". That's how great DEDALUS can sound. Other points of reference might be the Weather Report "I Sing The Body Electric"-era. This is a flawless piece of work. Masterpiece...no doubt about it.

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Posted Sunday, April 15, 2007

Review by Kazuhiro
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4 stars A lot of bands that influenc it from Canterbury Scene in the band of Prog rock all over the world exist. It is guessed that this band "Dedalus" announced in 1973 is one in that. It might be able to be caught that it is similar to the sound of Soft Machine. However, they have succeeded in taking originality in their countries well and the creation of music. The performance on which they worked very takes the element of Jazz and to the last minute, keeps a progressive sensibility. It is likely to recall it only Miles and Alti E Mestieri a little more to taking electronic musical instruments. The sound in which space is felt is consistently cool. They did White Noize a little and did another approach in the upcoming album. Debut CD gives the listener their directionality consistently. Feelings kept secret in the mind of this Dedalus in the band influenced by Canterbury Scene and the involved power might be the performances that only they can do. It is very cool and and goods of ..Spacey..

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Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars These Italians really hit a home run with this their debut from 1973. A SOFT MACHINE flavour is prominant, although there's lots of cello and percussion here. I like how experimental and spacey these guys get as well.

"Santiago" is uptempo Jazz to start out and when the distorted organ comes in we get a Canterbury vibe. It calms right down before 1 1/2 minutes then picks back up with sax and electric piano. It settles again after 4 minutes and turns experimental with cello. This is an avant- garde section that continues until it kicks back in late to end it. "Leda" is spacey to open before it kicks in with a great sounding passage with bass, sax, electric piano and drums leading the way. It settles before 2 1/2 minutes like the intro only sounds echo here. It kicks back in but without sax this time. "Conn" opens with all these intricate sounds. A melody settles in before a minute as sax and percussion come in with electric piano and bass standing out. It's experimental after 2 1/2 minutes as the cello comes in.

"C.T.6." is the 14 minute epic. An electronic intro with other sounds until it settles into a Jazz mode. Guitar before 1 1/2 minutes. Sax a minute later as it settles. A change before 3 1/2 minutes as sax, electric piano, bass and drums take over. Piano takes the lead 5 minutes in. Some distorted guitar before 7 minutes. Cello after 8 minutes. Drums and bass continue when the cello stops. A change before 12 minutes as piano takes over and the rhythm stops briefly. It's back with sax after 13 minutes to end it. "Brilla" has this laid back melody with sax and piano as the bass and drums support. The tempo picks up with cello coming in too. Great sound. Guitar after 3 minutes. It's angular at first and then he proceeds to rip it up. The song then settles with sax as it ends just like it began.

There's so much here to like if your into that Jazz / Fusion style with an experimental twist. Incredible album !

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Posted Sunday, February 21, 2010

Review by Nightfly
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4 stars An impressive debut from Italian avant-jazz rock band Dedalus. Released in 1973, this eponymous release perfectly captures their experimental jazz rock, not unlike Soft Machine around 1973 ish which sometimes drifts into avant sections.

There's excellent musicianship on display with a strong presence from electric piano, sax and electric guitar, complimented by a versatile rhythm section equally at home holding down a solid groove or more swinging jazz patterns. Being a consistently solid album highlights are hard to pick but I've a preference for the more conventional jazz rock over the avant sections which feature far more on the excellent BTF re-release as bonus material. Attention will no doubt be drawn to the 14 minute C.T.6 which takes up a large chunk of the, by today's standards at least, relatively short album. Moving from a fluent up-tempo electric guitar dominated opening it eventually locks into a repetitive mid paced groove with stabbing electric piano and the band taking turns to solo over the top. The more experimental close of Santiago features a cello not entirely dissimilar to the less bombastic parts of Jimmy Page's violin bow on electric guitar routine he used on Dazed and Confused. There the comparison ends. Conn is perhaps the most experimental track overall with an insistent and repetitive rimshot snare drum pattern laying the foundation for random ambient textures overlaid on top.

Some of the bonus more avant sections on the re-release are a little tedious but judging the album on the format of the original, Dedalus is worthy of a strong 4 stars.

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Posted Saturday, July 24, 2010

Review by snobb
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4 stars What a pleasant surprise! Debut album of Italian band sounds very ... "non-Italian"! Differently from very melodic, well arranged, polished and symphonic music so characteristic for Italian bands, this album sounds as slightly psychedelic Canterbury release (influenced by Hancock 's Mwandishi spacey fusion). Excellent electric piano, plenty of almost free form sax soloing, well balanced, but experimental sound...

During last few days I listen it again and again. Can't believe - such a nice music! I never heard this name before, and now I just enjoy this rare release, coming from early 70-s. Great electric violin sound - experimental, not predictable as you heard from JL Ponty or Michal Urbaniak. Ascetic guitar - but always in place, excellent jazzy drumming. In many moments their music reminds early Weather Report works (but with electric guitar added).

Almost masterpiece - very recommended for 70-s experimental fusion lovers!

My rating is 4+!

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Posted Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Italy's Dedalus featured on their debut album an energetic, fast style of jazz fusion which (particularly in the rhythm section and the synthesiser work by Fiorenzo Bonansone) seems to draw a lot on the jazzier end of the Canterbury scene - like a perkier, more manic version of Soft Machine's Third at points. Marco Di Castri takes his tenor sax and electric guitar and wrings some absolutely dynamite solos out of them, making him a particular standout player, and the group's broad command of fusion styles makes the one of the more impressively diverse units from the era. Definitely worth listening to if you like your fusion twitchy and hyperactive.

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4 stars What led me to try this album is the cover. It coulda been Michael Buble but because of the cover I'd have given it a shot. When my ears heard subdued fusion of the classic '70's variety I was hooked. Sax and keys seem to drive the music, however there is a lot of guitar and cello. Thi ... (read more)

Report this review (#1145025) | Posted by Suedevanshoe | Sunday, March 09, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Presdoug is right: This is an album that deserves much more attention and recognition than it has (thus far) received. The other reviewers aptly cover the comparable bands though some of the uses of electronics reminds me of a less-avant DEODATO, too. Everyone seems to want to give Soft Machin ... (read more)

Report this review (#1042341) | Posted by BrufordFreak | Sunday, September 22, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When one thinks of Italy in the seventies, one is more naturally reminded of progressive rock, than the sub-genre jazz-rock fusion, specifically. Judging by the evidence in this excellent debut recording by Dedalus, there must have been a sophisticated jazz rock scene, and this album at the top ... (read more)

Report this review (#263283) | Posted by presdoug | Friday, January 29, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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