"Diapason" recorded in 1979 and released on a small label
in 1980 the album was composed and carefully crafted by
multi-instrumentalist and studio whiz Pierpaolo Bibbò.
Bibbò handles guitars, bass, synths, and vocals with good
command and employed a second keyboardist Adriano
De Murtas and drummer Franco Medas to assure a good
Flute and violin are also present but quite sparingly.
"Diapason" is a unique sounding album to be sure.
While it surely features the beautiful, traditional Italian
symphonic backdrop of a PFM/Locanda Delle Fate in
general, Bibbò's rather adventurous approach to the
instruments, his irreverence to any fixed notions toward
the palette of sounds, gives "Diapason" a personality
all its own.
Because of his knowledge and comfort in the studio
(Bibbò's career is in the recorded arts production and
he now owns his own studio) one senses that he took
plenty of time laboring in the construction of these tracks.
This is busy music with plenty of layering going on
throughout, multiple keyboards, multiple guitars, clearly
an enjoyment for the process of recording is present.
Many of the songs are linked together with similar themes
occurring more than once giving the album a more
Pierpaolo Bibbò made only one album in the progressive
vein but he made the most of it.
He deserves credit for delivering "Diapason" during the cold
winter of prog and Mellow deserves credit (again) for its
reissue on CD.
"Diapason" is a solid recommendation for fans of Italian Prog
and could be recommended to any fan of symphonic or
The CD booklet comes with full lyrics in Italian and a nice
photo of Bibbò.
released January 31, 1994
Pierpaolo Bibbò: bass, guitars, vocals, synthesizer
Adriano De Murtas: organ, synthesizer, piano, electric piano
Franco Medas: drums, percussion
Giacomo Medas: violin (track 3)
Antonello Severino: flute (track 4)
Leonardo Tummolo: "un tocco di classe in più"