1975 - Mellow Records reissue: 1995
Widely unknown jazz rock band from Turin,formed in
mid-70's by ex-Circus 2000 drummer Roberto "Johnny" Betti.
Another former member of Circus 2000, guitarist Marcello
''Spooky'' Quartarone participated also in the original line-up.
Their first album was released in 1975 on Betti's newly
established Shirak Label with no names of the band's
members,except the main composer Nijo Tibet,who
has to be Betti under a fake pseudonym.
Fortunately the album was re-released by
Mellow Records on CD in 1995.
''Let: from experience to experience'' is mostly an
instrumental album of soft and progressive jazz rock
with some ethnic overtones here and there.
Unlike many bands dealing with this path,
LIVING LIFE choose to balance the album between
free impovisational forms and well-arranged
compositions,always filled with massive flutes,
perscussions and saxes.
For example the first two tracks are beautifully composed progressive/jazz tracks with a fair amount of melody and
a slight Canterbury feeling (mainly the first).
However the two followers, ''Time'' and ''From Marocco''
are an obscure blending of free improvisation and
ethnic tunes created by saxes,while those tracks include
heavy use of percussions as well.
''Ciopi ciopi'' is a relaxing instrumental entirely based
on Piercarlo Bettini' piano,while the closer ''Straight down''
is the more balanced composition,where Bettini's piano meets Quartarone smooth solos meets Walter Negri's improvisational saxes and Savarro's fantastic bass lines.
A combination of KRAAN, WEATHER REPORT,
RETURN TO FOREVER with some AREA's softer
music would be a good description.
The album is really satisfying with some good
moments and a hidden energy on the background.
Review by apps79