Savoldelli / Casarano / Bardoscia — The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky
(Moonjune MJR079, 2016, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2016-06-18
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.
Roswell Rudd RIP – Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, one of the distinctive players of his instrument in many strains of music, has died at the age of 82. With a career stretching back to the early 60s and over a hundred recordings featuring his playing, he leaves behind a substantial legacy. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. » Read more
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more
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 & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more