Exposé Online banner

Savoldelli / Casarano / Bardoscia — The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky
(Moonjune MJR079, 2016, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2016-06-18

The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky Cover art

If you’re looking for a stroll down memory lane with this re-interpretation of Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side of the Moon, you won’t find it here. This is a radical departure from the original, and I have to admit the first time I gave it a spin I was shocked and apalled at the same time. The creamy vocal harmonies throughout the original DSoTM had been reduced to the gritty bluesy vocals of Boris Savoldelli (sounding a little bit like Dr. John meets Joe Cocker), who apparently hatched the idea for this project and recorded it back in 2013, after which it sat on the shelf for three years. Joining Savoldelli on all of the tracks are double bassist Marco Bardoscia and saxophonist Raffaele Casarano, all three of whom contribute a measured amount of electronics. Also, Dewa Budjana turns in some fine guitar work on the near-15 minute “Us and Them,” where WK569 (whoever that is) adds some background sound manipulations on that and the brief follow-up “Any Colour You Like”; the opening narration on “The Great Gig in the Sky” and “Eclipse” is done by Maurizio Nobili. I suppose it was Budjana’s guitar work that brought me back for a second spin, which brought more clarity and understanding throughout, and through repeated plays (now at about ten times all the way through) I’m really liking this a lot; it’s nothing at all like the original, instead being a completely new approach to the vocals and arrangements, while not tinkering too much with the original compositions. Approach it with an open mind.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Dewa Budjana, Boris Savoldelli

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Horslips - Collection – Finally a representative collection of the work of this excellent Irish folk-rock band that doesn't focus exclusively on their hits. This 2CD collection - both discs full length, traces the band's...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues