Napoli Centrale — Napoli Centrale
(BMG Ridordi 74321860152, 1975/2001, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-08-01
In the vein of bands like Perigeo, Agora, Duello Madre, and Dedalus; Napoli Centrale are an Italian jazz rock outfit playing music quite different from their symphonic contemporaries. They're a quartet of sax, vocals / electric piano / bass / drums, and play a very vocal jazz rock. James Senese's voice is loud and raspy at times sounding like a cross between Joe Cocker and the vocalist from Locanda delle Fate. I find jazz-rock to be less palatable with too many lyrics, and often this affects Napoli Centrale's music negatively. The basis for the music is electric piano and so some of the natural influences would be Miles (with Hancock or Corea), Weather Report, or other like-minded fusion groups. Napoli Centrale don't really have a lot of chops, they rarely get in a groove and fly like the good ones, and are of course too lyrical for this style.
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