Panther & C. — Il Giusto Equilibrio
(Black Widow BWRDIST 668, 2017, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-08-07
The oddly-named Italian progsters Panther & C. returned to Black Widow Records this spring with a follow up to their 2014 debut album L'Epoca di un Altro. Just like their debut, Il Giusto Equilibrio contains five tracks. This new album concerns the meaning of life and mankind’s search for the right balance, the balance between the wonders of nature and the dichotomy evidenced by the predator and its prey. The closing song is a bit pretentious as it relates the 9/11 disaster from the perspective of a seagull flying over NYC and condemning the events. Putting these ideas aside, the music speaks for itself in quite a different language. Guitarist Riccardo Mazzarini, vocalist and flautist Mauro Serpe, keyboardist Alessandro La Corte, bassist Giorgio Boleto, and drummer Folco Fedele expand upon their post-Peter Gabriel Genesis chops. The five songs are mostly instrumentals with occasional Italian vocals. There is a slight jazzy touch to some of the tracks, as well as some classical piano, guitar solos, and the majestic Mellotron! Think of A Trick of the Tail era Genesis singing Italian lyrics and you will have an idea of what Panther & C. sound like. So put aside any prejudices you may have regarding the subject matter and enjoy the listening experience, especially if you like mid-70s English prog.
Related artist(s): Panther & C.
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more
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