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Picchio Dal Pozzo


Canterbury Scene

4.10 | 284 ratings

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4 stars A revelation.

It has taken me some time to fully appreciate this record because of it's complex jazz, avant- garde and Canterbury structures. My words is not adequate enough to describe this album either so feel free to read the other reviews written by more intelligent persons than me. No offense taken.

Picchio Dal Pozzo comes from Italy and that is all I know. I have their other albums, but I guess it will take some time before I even start to contemplate reviewing them. I regard Picchio Dal Pozzo as being the weird part of the weirdo scene.

The music....... I get some Soft Machine vibes during the opening tones of this album. Merta could had been done by them on Fifth/Six/Seven. My other reference source is Matching Mole and Robert Wyatt's first solo albums. Add Gong and Hatfield & The North to the mix too. In other words; the jazzy side of the Canterbury Scene. The music here has nothing whatsoever to do with pop or rock. This is the least accessible Canterbury Scene album my ears have ever bled through. And that says a lot. Caravan, it ain't.

The opening track Mertia has already been mentioned. The brilliant Cocomelastico is Canterbury jazz at it's best. The ten minutes long Seppia too have a lot going for it too with it's jazz breaks. There is some mindless avant-garde nodding around on this album too. But my main impression is that this is a gem of an album with a magic sound and feeling. I cannot pinpoint which part of the sound which fascinates me so. But I find this album very fascinating. Tracks like Off draws me in and keep me pressing the repeat button. Maybe the interesting use of windhorns and the obvious references to Soft Machine draws me in. I do not care that much about it's avant-garde nodding. But I love the rest of the stuff here. This album has been an excellent, eyeopening addition to my collection. I can say so much.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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