Kaleidon was a jazz-rock project of esteemed pianist
The origins of the Roman group begin with another band
called "Free Love"
who began in the late '60s and had a few singles,
described in the Barotto book as "in a rather
personal rock style."
Tragically a car accident took the life of two band
members and injured Sabatini.
Later Sabatini would form Kaleidon and there were
line-up changes, but the album they recorded would
feature saxist Massimo Balla, bassist Franco Tallarita,
and drummer Giovanni Liberti.
Reportedly recorded in 3 days time, the album was
named in honor of the previous ill-fated band.
Kaleidon played some large shows at the time and
were well received but of course the album didn't do
much and the band split.
Around the same period Sabatini played in the RPI
supergroup Samadhi with members of RRR, Teoremi,
and Uovo di Colombo.
That group would sadly be short lived as well but
Sabatini remains a superb jazz keyboardist to this day.
The "Free Love" album consists of a rather understated
jazz-rock with more emphasis on the jazz than the rock.
In fact there is no electric guitar on the album.
It is lead primarily by Sabatini's prominent acoustic
and electric piano, and Balla's sax and flute.
The six medium length tracks are competent and reflective,
but rarely hysteric or explosive.
This is thinking man's jazz I suppose, rather subtle
grooves that linger in with the most fiery work coming
from the sax.
The title track is an example of this, raunchy sax play
over e-piano and prominent bass.
"Inverno '43" is much more simmering, brooding,
with sax and bass sounding like they are recalling
some great love affair that never lasted.
"Oceano" throws a curve ball by going with a flute
lead rather than the sax for a unique feel.
The mournful saxophone and longing piano runs
of closer "Free Love" perhaps deal with the memories
of the lost band, if that was truly the intent it is a lovely
tribute to lost friends.