Exposé Online banner

Slivovitz — All You Can Eat
(Moonjune MJR074, 2015, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-12-26

All You Can Eat Cover art

Slivovitz on their fourth album presents a mega-buffet of brilliant compositions, memorable melodies, and refined complex arrangements. The Italian based seven-piece offers an all-instrumental funky gypsy jazz style informed by rock, east-Euro folk, middle eastern themes and an all around interpretive invention that goes well beyond expectation. If their last album Bani Ahead from 2011 was a refreshing surprise, All You Can Eat will be even more satisfying. In addition to the basic electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass and drums, they sport a reed section of saxes (alto and tenor) and harmonica, plus trumpet and violin; that’s a lot of melodic and rhythmic power applied to the eight included pieces here, all penned by guitarist Marcello Giannini or saxophonist Pietro Santangelo. From the warm and stylish moodsetter “Yahtzee” to the eclectic twists and turns and general madness of “Currywuster,” to the tasty middle-eastern influences of the opener “Persian Night,” Slivovitz has it all covered with ovelapping winds and violins, punchy trumpet and guitars and a knack for brilliantly defined arrangements; one may be more-than-occasionally reminded of Grand Wazoo or Hot Rats era Zappa, but presented on a whole new level with a funkier gypsy dynamic throughout, making for a tasty feast of epic proportions. All taken, there’s a lot here to get excited about. This one was definitely worth the wait.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Slivovitz

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

George & Caplin - He Really Got through to Advertising – At first I was tempted to look up one of my previous George and Caplin reviews and just recycle a bit, but in all fairness, this CD actually is different than the others. It’s much more...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues