Locanda delle Fate — The Missing Fireflies...
(AltrOck Productions Fading 005, 2012, CD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 2013-11-01This one’s a bit confusing. Italian proggers Laconda delle Fate have only two studio albums to their name: the 1977 debut, Forse le lucciole non si amano più, and 1999’s reunion effort, Homo Homini Lupus. Attempts were made over the past decade to keep things going but with no success — until now. Gone are guitar player Ezio Vevey (replaced by Max Brignolo) and flautist/vocalist/guitarist Alberto Gaviglio, and back is original vocalist Leonardo Sasso, plus new keyboard player Maurizio Muha. The Missing Fireflies is the new band’s declaration of intent. The discovery of a live audience recording from 1977 spurred them to go into the studio to record two songs — “Crescendo” and “La giostra” — that were left off the debut. Studio time was also given to a solo piano piece from Muha, plus a re-recording of “Non chiudere a chiave le stelle” from the debut. Rounding out the disk (a mini-album really at only 35 minutes) are pieces from the 1977 tape, including “Crescendo,” Non chiudere a chiave le stelle,” and “Vendesi saggezza.” Unfortunately, due to the tape condition only fragments of the old songs made it onto this disk. As for the new recordings, the new lineup displays the sort of maturity you’d expect and they clearly still have their chops. Plus, the proto-neo-prog evoked in 1977 had been refashioned into a rounder, symphonic sound akin to Banco. Plans are supposedly for a new album in 2013, and — based on this “love letter” — fans of Italo-prog should enjoy the results.
Related artist(s): Locanda delle Fate
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more