MAAD Maad

by Mellow Records MMP295

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1976 - Mellow Records reissue: 1998

This album presents some quite uncommon mix
of African/Latin-American rhythms, progressive rock
and free avant-garde jazz fusion.

First track "African Norge" (7:58) starts with nice
samba-like percussion followed by some back
and forth between ethnic jazz fusion on flute and
marimba and free jazz improvisations.

Next one "Bouzouki" with some quite impressing
keyboard play, obviously inspired by ATOMIC ROOSTER
and accompanied by percussion and really awesome
bass later on.
This is a rather lengthy track clocking 10:51 and
exhibiting a really great musicianship.

"Giugno '75" is the longest track with 11:58 min.
and most probably the best and most enjoyable
one here starting with nice keyboards and some
background choir in a rather slow pace and
becoming more up-tempo later on.
In its middle part it has some nice intricate
jazz played on keys, acoustic bass,
marimba and drums.
Later on there's been added up some
electric guitar and thereafter bouzouki,
marimba and bass are playing together
in a marching rhythm beat before it
ends up in a slightly hilarious final with
some shooby-dooo-aaaa-type of vocals.

Overall this rare and sole album by Italian
band Maad is mentionable for the uniqueness.

An interesting affair for the collector of obscure
70's releases and possibly for the ones liking
the stuff their German counterpart EMBRYO did!

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released September 14, 1998

line-up

Attlio Zanchi
guitar, bass, bouzouki

David Searcy
percussion

Joe Castanuela
drums

Jonathan Scully
percussion, vibes

Pino De Vita
acoustic and electric piano

Renato Rivolta
saxophone, flute

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