Like Arti E Mestieri's
brilliant 1974 release Tilt, this third, instrumental album by the
Italian band Accordo dei Contrari is a fluent, seamless mix of electric jazz-rock
with progressive rock.
However, in contrast with the soft, marching curtains of Arti E Mestieri's drums (which were highly derivative of
King Crimson's Michael Giles' style), Accordo Dei Contrari's drums are more modern sounding as well as more
aggressive, punctuating the pieces with tight, shifting time signatures.
Listening to "Tiglath" one can
definitely get the overall vibe: spacey hovering by Fender Rhodes electric
piano summons a reflective atmosphere before turning - with a flick of Holdsworth-ian guitar - into a festive Mediterranean dance,
boosted by double bass drumming. Definitely evocative of Soft
Machine, only more physically driving.
While the jazz-rock celebration of themes by the blazing guitar and keyboard
leads (occasionally in unison) is at the heart of this, they also join hands
with the drama, the epic qualities and even the classical music discipline that
are typically attributed toprog-rock. This is
prominent on "Seth Zeugma," which benefits from the inclusion of
guest players on cello and viola enhancing its acoustic-electric interplay.
If you like energetic, creative music, you simply can't go wrong with Adc. (8.5/10)
[Our Gut Feeling on this release is available here]
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