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3 stars Here i go with another great album from Italy!

Oh man, Italy is definitely one of my primordial loves talking about music and progressive rock of course, they have built so many bands with so many great albums, going from the traditional Italian sound (not truly folk) through symphonic music, to jazz and fusion. 1974, a memorable year in the history of prog rock, not only in Italy, but all aroun the world, principally in England, France and Europe, that was the year when a unknown Italian band, with unknown musicians (actually musicians with a few emperience) decided to create a band, and the name was Cincinnato, well the band was created before 1974, but this was the year when their only album was released.

They included only 4 songs in that album which as a name, has the name of the band, as usual so many bands decided to call their first albums as their own band`s name, the album despite having only 4 songs, has a lenght of 40 minutes, with two "mini epics" (track 3 - 7 minutes, track 1 - 10 minutes) with a short song (track 2 - 3 minutes) and a true epic (track 4 - 20 minutes), so now let me tell you what is it about.

And yes, this is not the classic symphonic band or album that comes from Italy, this record is different, i mean, it also has some symphonic and classic passages, but what predominates here is the jazzier side of prog, being a jazz fusion album.

"Il Ribellie Ubriaco" is the opener song which as i said before has a lenght of 10 minutes, since the first seconds you will notice a piano and those drums giving to it the special and beautiful sound of jazz, it`s a very promising beggining i think, but then as a classic prog band, the song turns slower and calmer, but finally it becomes again faster with a great bass sound and the keys, a song that i enjoy always when i listen to it.

"Tramontto D`Ottobre" is the shortest song of the album, it`s not the best song here obviously, but is not bad either, the song is very calmed with a delicate sound of piano, going thru the song with an acoustic guitar, a short but nice melody.

"Esperanto" is the third song here and it returns to the first impression of the album, it`s jazzier, longer and greater than the second one. Since the beggining we will find again the delicate sound of jazz, the song it`s calm and very catchy at the begginning, piano, bass , drums and electric guitar, nothing besides that can make a song full of armony with a clean sound above all.

"L`Ebete" it`s the main song here, if we buy or know an album which is previously unknown for us, and see that one song has a lenght of 20 minutes, it would probably be the one that catch our attention, at least it happens with me sometimes, i like epics, though not all the epics are great or of my taste, but this time i liked it so much. Again a soft pretty sound of piano, but for the first time on the album, we will hear a voice here, and you know, it`s the classic italian accent and tone that i love, so after have been an instrumental album that i enjoyed, now with the 4th song i have enjoyed more because of the vocals. In this time you can imagine that the jazz sound have dissapeared, and yes, this may sound as a classic Italian symphonic song, suddenly the song becomes yet better here we can notice the abilities of the musicians, some mini solos of acoustic guitar , the drumming and the keys giving us a great atmosphere during the song. Is until minute 12, when the song returns to it`s classical jazzy sound with some dissonat notes and the best bass lines of the album, the last minutes of the album are totally jazz, but that kind of jazz that makes you feel happy and move the soulders, a nice end.

Honestly i like this album so much, but im pretty sure this is not the best that Italy has offered to us, neither the best that the jazz fusion school has given to the world, i`d like to recommend it to all of you, but after all i think it`s a good album indeed, but non essential, so if you can check it, great, if not, nothing happens.

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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