IL BARICENTRO Sconcerto

by Mellow Records MMP210

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(1976 - Mellow Records reissue: 1994)

"Sconcerto" is, first of all, a very beautiful and tasteful album,
that reveals Il Baricentro as what it is in its purest form,
a proficient jazz-rock ensemble with a very strong melodic
sense and with a capability to do energetic interplaying
in a most colorful manner.

The two keyboardists, brothers Boccuzzi, stay well away
from the mutual dueling scheme; on the contrary, they use
their combined keyboard inputs (mostly pianos and
synthesizers, with a noticeable deal of clavinet and
harpsichord, and occasionally, some room for organ, too)
as portrayers of the candid melodic ideas and elegant
textures that keep coming around with the sonic flow.

They seem to intend to act as subtle leaders of the band,
making the effective rhythm duo come to the fore with their
excellent foundations, while they pull the musical strings
(well, ivories to be more precise) without showing off.

The way that the rhythm section provides swing and
groove to all the individual pieces helps the cadence
to become a most important element of enhancement
for the melodies.

The opening namesake track serves as the perfect
Baricentro sample for the neophyte. Let me add that
I find the presence of the harpsichord in this fusion-esque
amalgam quite intriguing: its crystalline vibrato helps the
track to preserve an aura of distinction among the groove.

This was actually my first Baricentro experience, the track
that made me fall in love with this band's proposal.

Further ahead, 'Afka' is more focused on the funky trend,
while 'Meridioni e Paralleli' and 'Comunque' make a sort
of compromise between jazz-fusion and funky - as usual,
all well accomplished, very close to what Weather Report
was doing at the time in the USA.

On the softer side of things, 'Lido Bianco' shows the most
academic side of Il Baricentro's ideology: this track is the
closest to standard symphonic prog that this band can get.

In fact, this track somewhat reminds me of "Ultima Cena"-
era Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.

'Pietre di Luna' is plainly beautiful, an evocative serenade
instilled with melancholy that needs no lyrics to create
emotions in the listener's soul.

'Della Venis' is yet another serene track, ethereal and
melodically pristine.

These softer tracks are cohesively harmonized with
the album's repertoire as a whole.

So, all in all, "Sconcerto" is a potential excellent addition
for the collections of those who love a strong dose of jazz
in their prog, or, mutatis mutandis, those jazz-fusion freaks
with a progressive sensibility.

credits

released October 22, 1994

Francesco Boccuzzi
keyboards, guitars, percussion

Piero Mangini
drums, percussion

Tonio Napolitano
bass, percussion

Vanni Boccuzzi
keyboards, percussion

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