Gianni Dall'Aglio from Mantova (born 1945) has seen it
all as regards the Italian music scene.
As a songwriter and drummer he has collaborated with
an amazing list of people dating back to his teenage years
of the early 60s.
Besides being in the beat group Ribelli (as was
Demetrio Stratos!) and being the drummer for Il Volo,
he has collaborated with Lucio Battisti, Ricky Gianco,
Mogol, Alberto Radius, Ivano Fossati, and Oscar Prudente
to name a few.
In 1972 he released his lone Dallaglio album entitled
'Sera, Mattina' (Evening, Morning) on Love Records
(it would be reissued on CD in 1993 by Mellow Records.)
The album mixes the singer/songwriter Ital-pop sound
with the progressive rock style of the RPI classic period.
Gianni plays drums of course, but also piano, and he is
the album's vocalist.
The tracks of 'Sera, Mattina' bear the romantic influence
of Battisti, as well as some leftover beat sound, and all
are in the four minute range.
Warm and pleasing, most have the irresistible
component of quality Ital-pop along with the
While not complex and certainly not wild or crazy,
the arrangements move beyond the traditional and
attempt to sound fresh.
From there, the album's strength is the good melodic
writing and warm sound.
Gianni's voice leads the songs and he accompanies
himself frequently on wonderful piano.
There is a strong bass guitar presence in several tracks,
but only intermittent spurts of guitar and rock drums.
Somehow this relative lack of constant typical rock
combined with a bit of a punchy sound give the album
a unique feel, which is then dressed very nicely with
Leandro's Mellotron and organ.
The bass is sometimes pushed way to the front as
a lead instrument, such as on 'L'Altro Me Stesso.'
This track features some dramatic, sweeping,
emotional simulated-string sections, very effective.
A mix of organ and layered harmony vocals cover
The closer 'Per Amore' begins with the piano intro
again but then becomes feistier alternating bass
and guitar licks with the ever present soft 'tron background.