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ACCORDO DEI CONTRARI - Adc - CD - Altrock - 2014

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)

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