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La Coscienza di Zeno — La Notte Anche di Giorno
(AltrOck Productions Fading FAD-017, 2016, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-08-30

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The third album by this outstanding seven-piece plus guests from Genoa presents a full range of emotions in two expansive multi-part side-long suites, and is certainly on par with some of the best 70s Italian progressive rock releases. The band is fronted by singer Alessio Calandriello, and even though I’m only understanding about every fourth word he’s singing (the complete Italian lyrics are presented in the booklet, if needed), it all comes through regardless in his powerful range of emotion. You don’t understand, but on another level, beyond the words, you really do! Bassist Gabriele Guidi Colombi and drummer Andrea Orlando anchor the bottom with a perfect respect for whatever direction the music happens to be taking at any given moment. The opening six-part suite, “Giovane Figlia,” is composed by keyboardist Stefano Agnini, while the second, four-part “Madre Antica” is more or less a group composition with lyrics by Agnini and music by Colombi, Orlando, second keyboardist Luca Scherani, and guitarist Davide Serpico. Violinist Domenico Ingenito is present throughout both suites, and together with Serpico and the two keyboardists give these two lengthy pieces a full range of power, dynamics and stunning beauty, shifting gears and changing moods constantly throughout. In addition we have singer Simona Angioloni and flutist Joanne Roan (both from Hostsonaten) and cellist Melissa del Lucchese adding additional coloration and shading throughout. While their chosen style pays homage to the sounds of the 70s, their compositional approach and lush arrangements are original, fresh and majestic.


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Related artist(s): La Coscienza di Zeno

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