Violato Intatto

Been awhile since we heard from this fabulous Italian instrumental quartet.  Even with a revised lineup their fourth album finds them on familiar ground although this time augmented with a few guests including the great violinist Alessandro Bonetti (Deus Ex Machina) on one track.  Patrizia Urbani contributes a brief bit of vocals on one track as well.  If you are unfamiliar with the band then you should strap your seat belt on.  This is a high energy blend of Canterbury prog and fusion.  National Health collides with Mahavishnu Orchestra.  Toss in some straight up prog around the edges.  Highly recommended.

"'Violated Intact' is the fourth Accordo dei Contrari album, one of the most authoritative and Admired Italian progressive jazz formations in the world. Born in Bologna in 2001. Between 2007 and 2014, the band has released three albums and has played in Numerous Italian and foreign festivals. The band, inspired by a renewed commitment, the desire to explore new territories and to deepen the elements of the instrumental formula, three years away from the previous "AdC" album, EXPANDS its sound to rock, jazz and music: The result is an album Consisting of eleven long and adventurous tracks. Recorded live in the studio with minimized overdubs and mastered by the great Udi Koomran , it raises the mastery and uniqueness of the band, one of the most fascinating and original formations of the European landscape."

 

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