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Jazz Rock/Fusion • Italy


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DEDALUS - not to be confused with another Italian 'DEDALUS' who mix folk with jazz - were a most enterprising 70's jazz-rock quartet from Turin who still keep a high public profile among collectors. Evoking SOFT MACHINE but with an emphasis on keyboards, they use the violin, synthesizer, guitar, sax, cello, bass and drums; their style is more experimental and spacer than other Italian jazz-rock bands (KALEIDON, DUELLO MADRE, PERIGEO). After a first album in 1973, they lost their bassist and went on as a trio for a second album; they then lost their drummer and split up. In 1990, they reappeared for a third album that featured the original line-up minus the drummer. After many personnel changes, the keyboard player reformed the band under the name The BONANSONE DEDALUS GROUP who released a fourth album in 2004.

The eponymous first LP was their most SOFT MACHINE-like album, featuring some particularly spacey experimentation. "Materiale per Tre Esecutori e Nastro Magnetico" (1974) contains some highly complex music in a contemporary classical vein à la John Cage or Edgar Varese; it is also marked by a stronger use of electronics (no doubt due to the loss of their drummer). The privately released "Pia Visione" (1997) tried to revive the original spirit of the band but with a very minimalist approach. As for "Nomos Apache Alpha" (2004), it has a strong classical chamber music feel as it is mainly cello and flute based.

Fans of SOFT MACHINE and ARTI E MESTIERI should find the first, and particularly the second album, quite enjoyable.

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4.14 | 64 ratings
Dedalus
1973
2.24 | 20 ratings
Materiale Per Tre Esecutori E Nastro Magnetico
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pia Visione
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Nomos Apache Alpha
2004

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Dedalus Jazz Rock/Fusion

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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Dedalus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Suedevanshoe

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.

This record sounds like it exists in a universe a half octave out of tune with our own. It has aged like premium cheddar and sounds nothing like its contemporaries. The sound transcends jazzrock, fusion, and progressive fusion labels, establishing an undiscovered sonic template that remains largely unexplored.

The only other experience I've had like this is when I listened to Shuggie Otis' "Inspiration Information" the first 25 or so times. It's a record that is of it's time, but doesn't belong to it. It's groundbreaking without really breaking any new ground.

4.5 stars a real find for adventurous fusion fanatics - even house and fans of party music will find something to like. It's a fun album saddled with unfun labels.

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Dedalus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by BrufordFreak

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 Machine or Weather Report credit for the style and sound of this band, but I think this group has far superior planning and less jamming, plus the instrumentation sounds are often quite different (the keys' sounds are much more diverse than Ratledge, more strings-oriented than Zawinal & Co.) Also, the guitarist sounds much more "straightforward" jazz, not at all like John McLaughlin (to me). I love the combination of the Coltrane, Freddy Hubbard/Cjick Corea and Eumir Deodato feel of "C.T. 6" and the beautiful "Leda" and "Brilla." Side 2 definitely feels more jazz-oriented than Canterbury or Avant/RIO to me.

For now I'll give it four stars--especially as I'm not sure how "proggy" this is--despite the avant use of space, electrified strings, and diverse keyboard sounds. Maybe further familiarity will cause it to climb to masterpiece status. I will add that it has incredible engineering/production for its time!

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Dedalus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Dobermensch

1 stars My God... what on earth happened to these guys within a year?

'Materiale Per Tre Esecutori E Nastro Magnetico' is far more avant garde and dissonant than their first album after which their bass player departed. Even so, this sounds like an entirely different band, left with no grounding or clear ideas whatsoever.

Discordant saxophones, mandolins and bottle tops are blown for all they're worth in this hideously tuneless album. I'm always open to something new and unusual, but I have to admit that this is one of the most annoying albums I've heard in a long time.

Sounding nothing like their self titled, wholly acceptable, and occasionally enjoyable debut, this one sucks big style. A rotten way to spend an hour of your time as various acoustic instruments bleat, squawk and stab in the most tuneless of ways reminding me of a paralytically drunk guy staggering down an alleyway before he throws up.

The only comparison I can think on is 'Biota' - but they're far more playful, atmospheric, full of life and enjoyable. Even the unusual' 'Moroccan oboe' doesn't help amongst the sparseness of tune on display in this torturous recording.

'La bergera - con più frequenza - accordanza ' (What a mouthful!) is probably the best of the lot simply because I'm safe in the knowledge that it's all gong to end shortly. My hopes were so high coming into this through it being included on the 'Nurse With Wound' list, but I have to say, they were well and truly dashed with the ineptitude on display.

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Dedalus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Guldbamsen
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3 stars Tennis shoes inside slippers and boots with diplomas

How old are you? Tanzania! That just goes to show how many children it takes to build 4 Eiffel towers, when you're feeling like a cowboy toast on the rise.

If any of this gibberish makes sense to you, then you should probably take a closer look at Dedalus second album called Materiale Per Tre Esecutori E Nastro Magnetico, which translates into something as mundane and trivial as Material for 3 artists and magnetic tape - whatever that means. Well to take an educated guess, I think this title reflects a band that wanted to take things to the extreme, and here I am talking waaaay out there on a ledge, where only mad musicians like the David Helfgotts and surreal Amadeuses of the world venture, and then perhaps the fact that this release incorporates a fair deal of electronic meandering. -Maybe that is what the magnetic tape means? I am not so sure...

The music on offer here is totally unstructured, or else the crazy three Italians here managed to cook up the most convoluted album I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. It is like walking into a room where the music is so loud and in the middle of everything, that you struggle to make heads or tales of any of it. This is essentially free-jazz. It wobbles along like a confused renegade on acid throwing loose fragments of sound into the air - hoping for it to land on something - anything really. As a result of this, the listener, and here this term is somewhat lacking in meaning, because one really needs to be involved and fighting like one of those turtles that some people from Asia pay big bucks to see fight, - anyway, you really need to be in there with your kamikaze headbands on, swinging your uppercuts and low blows like a regular Mike Tyson of the avant guarde. This music will quite simply drop you like a bad habit, if you don't put up a fight.

It is bizarre worming snuffling electronic beats and cacophonous drumming where cello, piano, Fender piano, accordion, synthesizer, soprano ocarina, electric mandolin, plastubofono, bottle, tenor & soprano saxophone, guitars, harmonica, flute, Moroccan oboe and strange voices coalesce like some kind of unorthodox musical scarecrow made up of a hundred different musical tastes all crammed into one little album.

This is Allen Ginsberg's most out there ramblings put into sounds and noises. It is the soundtrack of going mad inside a carousel that runs on jet fuel. It's like listening to a jazz record from a mental asylum - only backwards, but first and foremost is it a record that only speaks to a small fraction of the adventurous music seekers, which is why I feel 2 stars is the right rating. This is bunkers in so many different ways, that you need to have sown your head on with bubblegum and stardust to fully grasp its full-blown insanity, and then it doesn't even begin to describe how much nonchalance it takes to actually appreciate the overt carelessness of the tracks. Oh yes this music takes prisoners - spits 'em out and goes on like a raving lunatic in cellophane and banana peels. I actually like listening to it when I work out, but I am not so sure what that says about me in the end... Maybe that I am mad enough to actually award it with 3 stars, because of how much unadulterated, inexplicable and unhinged enjoyment I get out of it?

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Dedalus Jazz Rock/Fusion

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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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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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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Review by presdoug

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 of it.

The music is completely instrumental, and is experimental in just the right way, mixing jazz with rock and almost African percussion in parts. When i first heard this music in 1989, years after it's first release in 1973, i knew i had a real winner, right from the start. Especially impressive is the drummer Enrico Grosso, whose technique is flawless, and bass player Furio di Castri, the same. Also, there is some tasty guitar, flute,sax and keys playing that is really impressive, too.

Dedalus are so good, that they rival more established fusion groups like Soft Machine, or Nucleus, even Passport, and believe me, that is saying something!

There is intelligence and complexity in this album's music, and one gets the feeling, as in Il Baricentro's Sconcerto record, that everything is done just a bit better than other groups of the time. I never tire of the Dedalus debut, and it definitely has stood the test of time. I would even say that it is a bench mark of what could be done in early seventies fusion, even though it was not as well known as some-if you want to hear fusion as best as it could get in Europe in the seventies, you need not look further! Five deserving stars, no less.

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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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