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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.75 | 26 ratings

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4 stars Real Fusion beyond the limits of Jazz and Rock

Some weeks ago I received a package of albums from Leonardo Pavkovic of Moonjune Records, and even when I never considered myself an expert or a particular fan of Rock Fusion, I know when something is good, and the latest SLIVOVITZ release named "Hubris" is an amazing release.

Let's start saying that "Hubris" is one of the most interesting albums of this genre I ever listened to, but to be honest, they exceed the limits of this sub-gene, because apart from the obvious Jazz and Rock elements, we can perceive a strong ethnic Arabic and Central Africa influence that creates a mysterious atmosphere, so pleasant for fans of Progressive Rock as myself.

Some will believe that the lack of keyboards limits a band, but when you have such a talented guitarist as Marcello Giannini and an amazing bassist like Domenico Angrano, it's only a chance to enhance the possibilities of interplaying between all the instruments instead of leaving the lead to the keys as usually happens,

But what impresses me more of this album, is the capacity of the band to jump from one genre or style to another completely different in a matter of seconds and make it sound coherent and natural, as if this sometimes contradictory styles were created to be played together in the same song.

I won't dare to try a song by song review as I usually do, being that the complexity of "Hubris" is such that it would take me several pages, but I must say I couldn't find a single weak or boring moment.

If I have to choose favorite tracks,I would go with the haunting opener "Zorn A Surrento", where the almost hypnotic voice of Ludovica Manzo, collisions with an extremely aggressive saxophone performance by Pietro Santangelo.

"Caldo Bagno" is another excellent track, with a guitar melody that flows gently not without sudden African influences percussion explosions and of course I can't end this review without mentioning "Sig M Rapito Dal Vento" with a frenetic violin performance by Ricardo Villari who sounds like a Jean-Luc Ponty on acid playing something something in the style of "Tchokola", but with more strength.

All I can say is that I enjoyed the album from start to end, not a weak moment or filler, "Hubris is simply outstanding, and this makes the rating easier, because such an excellent release, deserves no less than 4 solid stars.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 4/5 |


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