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The Viola Crayola (USA/JRF)

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Topic: The Viola Crayola (USA/JRF)
Posted By: historian9
Subject: The Viola Crayola (USA/JRF)
Date Posted: December 15 2011 at 15:17
I'm not sure if this is kind of fusion that gets here in PA but it sounds cool so I decided to suggest it.

The Viola Crayola - Music: Breathing of Statues LP.  The rare original vinyl record! A real stunner of an album from Texan band Viola Crayola. Fronted by the Viola brothers, Tony and Ron, the group, whose music is often described as hard guitar prog-psych, looked destined for success until the untimely death of Tony in a auto-train crash in San Antonio, Texas in 1974. Music: Breathing Of Statues is the brother's only known recording, and what a record it is, with its wild prog instrumental power-trio vibe, crazed fuzzed guitar mayhem and a strong jazzy fusion sound running throughout. The album, which was recorded in New York in 1974 and released the same year, appeared on the Fautna label, a label so obscure that it doesn't seem to have existed at all.

Posted By: Easy Money
Date Posted: December 16 2011 at 17:50
Another interesting obscurity, we added them to to the jazz rock section at the jazz site.
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Date Posted: December 22 2011 at 19:19
Whoah, amazing stuff. I'm notifying the JR/F team. 

Posted By: Evolver
Date Posted: May 20 2012 at 17:06
They have been cleared for addition at last.
Any chance you could provide a biography?

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Posted By: historian9
Date Posted: May 21 2012 at 07:56
Maybe something like this (info is correct, got it from sleeves):

The Viola Crayola was a Texan band fronted by the Viola brothers, Anthony on the guitar and Ron on drums, joined by the bassist Bill Jolly. The bright future of the band was unfortunately sealed by the death of very talented Anthony Viola in a car accident in San Antonio in late 1974. Before his tragedy, the band recorded their only LP in first three days of October in 1974, a short (29 minutes) album and besides a FRANK ZAPPA influenced number, completely instrumental jazz fusion record which shows off all the talents of this trio, especially creativity and technical playing by the late Anthony Viola. Even though the album sometimes gives the impression of a jam feel, the back cover illustrates with note sheets on how the music is actually carefully structured and composed. Dedicated to Mama Viola, the LP was originally released in 1974 on a obscure label Fautna and waited for more than 30 years to be found as a lost gem and then released on an audio CD on Radioactive label in 2005. The record itself was titled after the poem "Music Breathing Of Statues" by Rainer Maria Rilke.

“Music: breathing of statues. Perhaps:
silence of paintings. You language where all language
ends. You time
standing vertically on the motion of mortal hearts.

Feelings for whom? O you the transformation
of feelings into what?--: into audible landscape.
You stranger: music. You heart-space
grown out of us. The deepest space in us,
which, rising above us, forces its way out,--
holy departure:
when the innermost point in us stands
outside, as the most practiced distance, as the other
side of the air:
no longer habitable.”

It's inspired by mostly other reviews as there isn't a lot of info going around. It would be cool to put some "recommended for fans of" artists, a lot of people have been mentioning the influence pf manavishnu orchestra and such but I never listened to them so I can't tell exactly who they sound like the most.

Posted By: Evolver
Date Posted: May 21 2012 at 08:39


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