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On their MoonJune debut (and sophmore effort), Slivovitz proves that while perhaps taking their musical foundation from the likes of Zappa, they are also very receptive to the ethnographic sounds of the planet. Though utilizing a somewhat unorthodox combination of instruments, the band uses this to their advantage: merging multiple influences and elements in confident, knowledge fashion. A plethora of diverse musical elements are seamlessly intertwinded by this well-known and -respected Italian progressive band.The music of Slivovitz carries the listener through numerous series of contrasting movements (and in routine fashion), creating a unique identity that subtly belies their depth of diction and individual levels of musical maturity. There are also traces of Canterbury-style jazz-fusion in a sizzling session loaded with strong solos and deft, tight arrangements delivered throughout.Effortlessly fusing music from all over the globe, Hubris carries the listener on a masterful musical adventure that is never routine or predictable. A very impressive effort from a band that continues to evolve -- continually moving forward and holding great promise, a fact to which this album clearly attests.
released September 22, 2009
DOMENICO ANGARANO: electric bass, fretless bass
STEFANO COSTANZO: drums, percussion
MARCELLO GIANNINI: electric & acoustic guitar
LUDOVICA MANZO: vocals
DEREK DI PERRI: harmonica
PIETRO SANTANGELO: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, vocals
RICCARDO VILLARI: violin
GIOVANNI IMPARATO: percussion, vocals (Track 2)
MARCO PEZZENATI: vibraphone (Track 3)
UGO SANTANGELO: Acoustic Guitar (Track 8)
Recorded in Naples, Italy in 2008, except; Tracks 10, 11 & 12, recorded in 2004.
Produced by Slivovitz & Luca Barassi.
Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic
How can music be this good? It's both unlike anything else and such a great example of jazz at its height. With Stavi and Sirkis, Dharmawan has a core trio with an all star pedigree, supported by equally powerful featured artists. Peter Jones