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ASSOLO DI BONGO are an all-instrumental quartet from Udine (Italy) who play an energetic combination of Italian Prog and driving rock fusion in the vein of D.F.A. and DEUX EX MACHINA. Shades of AREA, GENTLE GIANT and CAMEL can also be heard on their album entitled "Primetime". The band consists of David Accaino on keyboards, Enrico De Stalis on guitar, Elvis Fior on drums and Erico Rainis on bass.

Released in 2001, "Primetime" features some strong melodic compositions but the foursome aren't afraid to dig into some extended improvisation either. Despite its heavy aspects, however, their material clearly belongs to the prog-rock fusion rather than the prog-metal fusion category. The musicianship is impressive and the writing unique and enticing, alternately flirting with jazz rock and heavy-duty fusion, at times resembling ELP in a jamming mode. It all makes for a spirited romp of high-energy instrumental prog where everything flows nicely, as the band clearly favours the over-all effect over solo displays. A very 'together' little album, quite impressive and well worth checking out.

Fans of D.F.A. and DEUS EX MACHINA will love this, but if you enjoy melodic rock fusion in general and want to hear some fine jamming, you'll have some fun with ASSOLO DI BONGO's material.

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3.25 | 16 ratings
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 Primetime by ASSOLO DI BONGO album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.25 | 16 ratings

Assolo di Bongo Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by progadicto

3 stars Recently I found the two albums of this italian band and immediatly I was captured by their heavy jazz fusion sound.

First AdB effort is an interesting collection of instrumental songs which reminds some of the most talented and great jazz-rock and even prog metal technical musicians. In fact, is a very technical album which passes through different moods and rhythmical adventures but always with an unique style totally recognizable. Perhaps is not a master piece of the genre, songs are really good, catchy and maybe too much heavy for the "classical" jazz-rock fans.

There are some highlights and totally recommended song for any prog lover, such as "Buc", "Vega" and "E GiÓ Colazione", perfect examples of great technicism, epical guitar and keyboard solos and for some moments, heavy prog metal mixed with jazzy sections. Very enjoyable but not essential. 3+*...

 Primetime by ASSOLO DI BONGO album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.25 | 16 ratings

Assolo di Bongo Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars ASSOLO DI BONGO had to wait eleven years since their formation to release finally their debut.Behind the band were three friends from Udine, Enrico De Stalis (guitars), Marco Cucchiaro (drums) and Erico Rainis (bass).All of them were quite inexperienced musicians,but the band matured musically through the addition of David Accaino on keyboards.While they were performing in local clubs,they had to quit the project due to military obligatons,to return later with new member Elvis Fior behind the drum kit.This quartet recorded their debut ''Primetime'' in 2001.

A nice debut,''Primetime'' lies somewhere between dynamic instrumental rock in the vein of JORDAN RUDESS, BOZZIO LEVIN & STEVENS or DEREK SHERINIAN and Heavy Fusion-Prog with obvious LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT and DEUS EX MACHINA influences.Strong doses of complexity is what characterizes the band,with weird guitar solos covering the heavy keyboard work and obscure synths battling with a tight rhythm section.Keyboardist David Accaino pays a tribute to DREAM THEATER, delivering intricate keyboard passages in the vein of JORDAN RUDESS and DEREK SHERINIAN,while Enrico De Stalis' playing alternates between melody,powerful riffs and furious grooves...and these two are certainly the main men behind the band,as you won't find Erico Rainis or Elvis Fior being on the front for a single minute,despite their evident technical sufficiency.

While ASSOLO DO BONGO won't ever win a prize for creating original music,their debut should easily appeal to fans of adventuruous Heavy Prog with Jazz-Fusion touches.The album is quite good with some carefully composed and arranged music,but deserves a decent number of spins to be fully appreciated and comes recommended by my side to fans of the aforementioned bands (including me).

 Spinning Like A Top by ASSOLO DI BONGO album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.00 | 11 ratings

Spinning Like A Top
Assolo di Bongo Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars From Italy comes a band with an immense potential which have signed with the famous and well respected French label-MUSEA!I think that's more then enough for a guarantee that this band and album has many things to deliver!First of all a compositional maturity which proves that in the band are skilled and gifted musicians!And that's the truth,becaue the album is rich in ideas and the musical message is perfect for those who adore fusion in a traditional veine as MAHAVISHNU,DIXIE DREGGS and othe fusion icons!Top production and a great variety of compositions,addition of saxes,cellos and trumpets to the classical fusion instruments,a very pleasant and nice album made with passion and belief for true wonderful fusion music!This album is a giant step ahead compered to the first musical effort of the and,the already excellent debut album under the ASSOLO DI BONGO name!They have changed...shotened the name in ADI B,and this time the Italian musicians are really pushing the musical boundaries to some more focused on composition songs and not on the individual demonstrations!Definitelly,the guys are talented and from the surprisingly muscled BAD BOY H ,passing by JOUNGLE BOX to the complex title track composition,the whole album offers an excellent audition!We hope to have in the future many surprises from a band with wonderful musical perspectives,a developing personality and already 2 excellent albums in pocket! 4 STARS well deserved!
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