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Carlos Santana

Per il nostro decimo appuntamento partiamo subito con un discone! “The Swing of delight” di Carlos Santana, uscito nel 1980. Il cast che partecipa all’album vede Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Armando Peraza, Harvey Mason, e produzione di David Rubinson. Già questo dovrebbe darvi indizi sulla bontà del disco, ma vi basti sapere che Santana è in modalità ispirata. Registra questo suo secondo disco solista con il nome Devadip che gli era stato dato dal suo Guru Sri Chinmoy, con il quale in quel periodo era in fortissima connessione. Un disco che arriva in un momento di vuoto particolare e ridà dignità alla fusion, impregnandolo di sfumature latin e indicando una nuova direzione

Stetsasonic

Ora è il momento di un po’ di Hip Hop anni 80, con “In Full Gear” degli Stetsasonic, uscito nel 1988. Il gruppo rappresenta l’original Hip Hop Band, che ha aperto la strada a The Roots e Arrested Development. Programmazioni, samples e strumenti si fondono alla perfezione grazie al genio di Prince Paul, uno dei producer più importanti della storia dell’Hip Hop. Un mix di jazz, funk, rap e qualche accenno dancehall, l’album riporta indietro a quando per sfondare innanzitutto dovevi fare della grande musica. Tutto questo incrociando questa musicalità con l’energia viscerale scuola Run-Dmc. I miei pezzi preferiti sono “Talkin’ all that jazz” “Sally” e “The Odad”.

The Persuaders

Soul Gem. Pochissimi dischi ma tutti potentissimi! Questi sono i The Persuaders. Nel 1973 il quartetto soul newyorchese fece il loro disco più bello, con grandi arrangiamenti e grandi armonie vocali. Campionati e coverizzati ad oltranza da gente che ha avuto molto più successo di loro, il gruppo aveva questa immagine dura e fiera in tutte le copertine, che strideva con l’idea di soul music rassicurante proposta dalla Motown.

Carlos Santana

For our tenth date we start immediately with a discone! Carlos Santana’s “The Swing of delight”, released in 1980. The cast participating in the album sees Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Armando Peraza, Harvey Mason, and production by David Rubinson. This should already give you clues about the goodness of the record, but you just need to know that Santana is in inspired mode. He records his second solo album with the name Devadip which was given to him by his Guru Sri Chinmoy, with whom he was in very strong connection at the time. A disc that arrives in a moment of particular emptiness and restores dignity to the fusion, imbuing it with Latin nuances and indicating a new direction

Stetsasonic

Now is the time for some 80s Hip Hop, with Stetsasonic’s “In Full Gear”, released in 1988. The group represents the original Hip Hop Band, which paved the way for The Roots and Arrested Development. Programming, samples and tools blend perfectly thanks to the genius of Prince Paul, one of the most important producers in the history of Hip Hop. A mix of jazz, funk, rap and some dancehall hints, the album goes back to when you had to make great music first to break through. All this by crossing this musicality with the run-DMC visceral energy. My favorite tracks are “Talkin ‘all that jazz” “Sally” and “The Odad”.

The Persuaders

Soul Gem. Very few discs but all very powerful! These are the Persuaders. In 1973 the New York soul quartet made their most beautiful record, with great arrangements and great vocal harmonies. Sampled and covered to the bitter end by people who have had much more success than them, the group had this tough and proud image on all covers, which clashed with the idea of ​​reassuring soul music proposed by Motown.

Alberto Pizzigoni

Benvenuti al nono appuntamento di Kato’s Gems. Oggi partiamo con “Mildness”, uscito nel 1988, è l’ultimo disco jazz di Alberto Pizzigoni, un maestro, uno dei migliori chitarristi italiani di sempre, che ha lavorato con tutti i nomi che contano della musica italiana e non solo (Trovajoli, Gianni Ferrio, Gorni Kramer, Gerry Mulligan) . Un album splendido, partorito con il suo trio, con Daliso Cervesato al contrabbasso e Sergio Palmieri alla batteria per un’oretta di musica magica. A volte la chitarra prende le sembianze di un piano rhodes ed il mood si muove tra jazz, blues, samba e bossa nova. Il testamento sonoro di un artista che dietro le quinte ha messo mano su cinquanta anni di musica italiana.

Joe Tex

Secondo disco del giorno:”I Gotcha” di Joe Tex, uscito nel 1972. Un classico, una delle bombe funk più deflagranti del secolo scorso, riportata in auge da Quentin Tarantino, che volle inserirla nella soundtrack di “Le Iene”. Un must have per tutti gli amanti del soul, tra numeri classici e groove contagiosi che sono molto più di una semplice cornice di quel “Mammut” musicale che è la title track.

Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell

Nel 1968 esce un disco cruciale la Motown Records, il secondo album della magica coppia Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell, “You’re all i need”. Prodotto da Johnny Bristol, il lavoro conferma la relazione speciale che c’era tra i due artisti, capaci di completarsi ed esplorarsi in maniera inedita per entrambi. Pochi mesi prima delle registrazioni, Tammi Terrell svenne sul palco tra le braccia di Gaye, a causa di un tumore maligno al cervello, che dopo una lunga battaglia se la porterà via nel marzo del ’70. Marvin Gaye non si riprese mai emotivamente da questa perdita, però da questo lavoro in poi tirò fuori una nuova emotività ed un carisma dal vivo, che diverrà il suo marchio di fabbrica. Ah, se ve lo state chiedendo, dalla title track circa 25 anni dopo Mehod Man e Mary J. Blige tireranno fuori uno dei pezzi più affascinanti della golden age del rap.

Alberto Pizzigoni

Welcome to the ninth round of Kato’s Gem. Today we start with “Mildness”, released in 1988, is the latest jazz album by Alberto Pizzigoni, a master, one of the best Italian guitarists ever, who has worked with all the names that count of Italian music and more (Trovajoli, Gianni Ferrio, Gorni Kramer, Gerry Mulligan). A splendid album, born with his trio, with Daliso Cervesato on double bass and Sergio Palmieri on drums for an hour of magical music. Sometimes the guitar takes the form of a rhodes piano and the mood moves between jazz, blues, samba and bossa nova. The sound testament of an artist who behind the scenes has put his hand on fifty years of Italian music.

Joe Tex

Second album of the day: Joe Tex’s “I Gotcha”, released in 1972. A classic, one of the most explosive funk bombs of the last century, brought back by Quentin Tarantino, who wanted to insert it in the soundtrack of “Le Iene”. A must have for all soul lovers, between classic numbers and contagious grooves that are much more than just a frame for that musical “Mammut” which is the title track.

Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell

In 1968 Motown Records, the second album of the magical couple Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell, “You’re all i need” was released. Produced by Johnny Bristol, the work confirms the special relationship that existed between the two artists, capable of completing and exploring each other in an original way. A few months before the recordings, Tammi Terrell passed out on stage in Gaye’s arms, due to a malignant brain tumor, which after a long battle will take her away in March ’70. Marvin Gaye never recovered emotionally from this loss, but from this work on he brought out a new emotion and a live charisma, which will become his trademark. Ah, if you’re wondering, from the title track about 25 years later Mehod Man and Mary J. Blige will bring out one of the most fascinating pieces of the golden age of rap.

The Roots

“Undun” dei The Roots, uscito nel 2011. Il lavoro è strutturato come un concept album, costruito sulla vita di un ragazzo (Redford Stephens) cresciuto nei ghetti statunitensi. Secondo molti siamo al cospetto della migliore band degli ultimi vent’anni, in grado di trascendere i generi come pochi altri e di far confluire nel proprio sound Coltrane, l’elettronica, il soul più classico e i Led Zeppelin. Con un tiro che, diciamocelo pure apertamente, la maggior parte delle band rock si possono solo sognare. Ecco secondo me questo è l’ultimo capolavoro di un gruppo, che in fondo è autenticamente Hip Hop, grazie a uno dei primi 5 rapper della storia come Black Thought – che qui sfodera una prova di scrittura eccezionale – e al genio di ?uestlove, batterista e producer dal talento incredibile. Canzoni coerenti eppure diverse tra loro per un gran viaggio musicale.

Donovan

“Open Road” di Donovan. Siamo nel 1970, il glam rock comincia a prendere piede e Donovan, che di questo sottogenere è stato uno dei principali ispiratori, ci si adatta e lo amalgama al suo stile con ottimi risultati. Basti pensare all’iniziale “Changes”, rock facile e trascinante, bellissimo riff di chitarra e l’inconfondibile vocalità di Donovan, che si riscontra anche in canzoni come “People Used To”, “Song For John”, “Riki Tiki Tavi”, vagamente isterica ed irresistibile, un’incalzante e sardonica “Poke At The Pope” e il languore indolente di “Clara Clairvoyant”, scandita da fraseggi blues ed un refrain potente e psichedelico.

Bachi da pietra

L’ultima gemma di oggi è “Necroide” dei Bachi Da Pietra, uscito nel 2015 per La Tempesta/Tannen. Il processo evolutivo partorisce titoli imprevisti come “Tarli mai” e persino divertenti e geniali come “Slayer & The Family Stone”. Succi è stupefacente nel passare da un registro vocale all’altro, muovendosi senza problemi fra un falsetto e uno scream, le chitarre macinano alla grande, il drumming è a dir poco granitico. La nuova veste funziona, magari le scelte sonore risultano più “già sentite” rispetto al malessere che trasudava dai primi dischi, decisamente più personali e particolari, ma è una trasmutazione necessaria, per evitare di ripetere sé stess, e confermarsi protagonisti musicalmente singolari nel panorama indipendente italiano.

The Roots

“Undun” by The Roots, released in 2011. The work is structured as a concept album, built on the life of a boy (Redford Stephens) who grew up in the US ghettos. According to many we are in the presence of the best band of the last twenty years, able to transcend genres like few others and to bring together in their sound Coltrane, electronics, the most classic soul and Led Zeppelin. With a shot that, let’s face it, openly, most rock bands can only dream of. Here in my opinion this is the latest masterpiece of a group, which in the end is authentically Hip Hop, thanks to one of the first 5 rappers in history like Black Thought – who shows off an exceptional writing test – and the genius of Questlove, drummer and producer with incredible talent. Coherent yet different songs for a great musical journey.

Donovan

“Open Road” of Donovan. We are in 1970, glam rock begins to take hold and Donovan, who has been one of the main inspirers of this subgenre, adapts and amalgamates it with his style with excellent results. Just think of the initial “Changes”, easy and enthralling rock, beautiful guitar riff and the unmistakable vocality of Donovan, which is also found in songs such as “People Used To”, “Song For John”, “Riki Tiki Tavi” , vaguely hysterical and irresistible, a pressing and sardonic “Poke At The Pope” and the indolent languor of “Clara Clairvoyant”, marked by blues phrasing and a powerful and psychedelic refrain.

Bachi da Pietra

Today’s latest gem is Bachi Da Pietra’s “Necroid”, released in 2015 for La Tempesta / Tannen. The evolutionary process gives birth to unexpected titles such as “Tarli mai” and even fun and brilliant like “Slayer & amp; The Family Stone “. Succi is amazing in moving from one vocal register to another, moving smoothly between a falsetto and a scream, the guitars grind great, the drumming is nothing short of granite. The new look works, maybe the sound choices are more “already heard” than the malaise that oozed from the first records, decidedly more personal and particular, but it is a necessary transmutation, to avoid repeating itself, and to confirm itself as musically singular protagonists in the panorama independent Italian.

Frank Zappa

Il disco del giorno è “Over Nite Sensation” di Frank Zappa, uscito nel 1973. Tra Free Jazz e Prog con persino gli xilofoni capaci di inserirsi nella trama compositiva, potremmo pensare a qualcosa di cervellotico. Invece qui c’è Zappa perfettamente a fuoco sulla forma canzone. Da “Montana” a “Camarillo Brillo” da “Dirty Love” a “Fifty Fifty”, qui c’è tutta la band sugli scudi, con prove micidiali di George Duke e Jean Luke Ponty per un suono poliedrico e mai banale.

Clyde McPhatter

“Treasure of love” di Clyde McPhatter. Questa splendida edizione Atlantic uscita nel 1980, esclusivamente per il mercato giapponese, racchiude i singoli più importanti registrati dal leggendario cantante statunitense prima con i Drifters e poi da solista. La sua è una storia sfortunata e spesso dimenticata, nonostante Clyde Mc Phatter sia dagli esperti considerato una delle migliori voci che abbia calcato le scene del Rhythm and Blues tra la fine degli anni ’50 ed i primissimi ’60. Infatti a 30 anni entrò in una crisi profonda che lo allontanò dalla musica e lo rese un alcolista, finendo stroncato da un attacco cardiaco a soli 39 anni.

The Style Council

“Cafe Bleu” dei The Style Council. Nel 1984 Paul Weller dava una svolta alla sua carriera, producendo l’album d’esordio di questo suo nuovo progetto. Assoldò musicisti da capogiro per un mix di Jazz, Bossa, Funk e ritmi Northern Soul, facendo addirittura una capatina nel rap con la splendida “A Gospel”. Un disco di classe che assieme ai Working Week e alla mitica Sade, ha aperto la strada alla tendenza di usare il jazz in produzioni contemporanee.

Frank Zappa

Welcome to our seventh appointment of Kato’s Gems. Today we start with Frank Zappa’s “Over Nite Sensation”, released in 1973. Between Free Jazz and Prog, with even xylophones capable of inserting themselves into the compositional plot, we could think of something brainy. Instead here is Zappa perfectly focused on the song form. From “Montana” to “Camarillo Brillo” from “Dirty Love” to “Fifty Fifty”, here is the whole band on the shields, with deadly rehearsals by George Duke and Jean Luke Ponty for a multifaceted and never banal sound.

Clyde McPhatter

“Treasure of love” by Clyde McPhatter. This splendid Atlantic edition released in 1980, exclusively for the Japanese market, contains the most important singles recorded by the legendary American singer, first with the Drifters, and then as a soloist. His is an unfortunate and often forgotten story, although Clyde Mc Phatter is considered by experts to be one of the best voices who trod the Rhythm and Blues scenes between the late 1950s and the early 1960s. In fact, at 30 he entered a deep crisis that turned him away from music and made him an alcoholic, ending up crushed by a heart attack at just 39 years old.

The Style Council

“Cafe Bleu” by The Style Council In 1984 Paul Weller made a change in his career, producing the debut album of his new project. He hired dizzying musicians for a mix of Jazz, Bossa, Funk and Northern Soul rhythms, even making a detour in rap with the splendid “A Gospel”. A classy album that together with Working Week and the legendary Sade, paved the way for the trend of using jazz in contemporary productions.

Common – Can i borrow a dollar

Welcome back to our 6th appointment. Let’s start immediately with “Can i borrow a dollar” by Common, released in 1992. The debut album of the conscious rapper par excellence, is actually quite disconnected from the awareness that will impregnate the Chicago rapper’s lyrics from “Resurrection” onwards. His goal here was only to put his name on the map, making great pieces and showing off those qualities that made him one of the longest-running M.Cs ever. Here music is the great protagonist, samples, & nbsp; classic keyboards and breaks fit perfectly with our style thanks to the great contribution of No.I.D. (here he still called himself Immenslope) Pump up “Take It EZ”, “Breaker 1/9” and “Just in the Nick of Rhyme” if you’ve never done it.

Edoardo Bennato – Edo Rinnegato

In 1990 Edoardo Bennato stayed 8 days in the studio with his 12-string Eko guitar, a harmonica, a few tambourines and a couple of friends. A few months later this “Edo Rinnegato” comes out, which is not a simple collection of his successes. These are his best songs revisited in an acoustic key in the studio, live, which is the dimension that best renders the idea of ​​this multifaceted, contradictory and bewildered artist. Part “Venderò” and you understand the magic is there, intact and tangible. Even the cover designed by Bennato himself is equally magical. If they asked me for a record to start from to understand the strength of this artist, I would tell them to start from here.

Weather Report – Black Market

About artists and records that make you exclaim “but how the heck do they do?” “Black Market” is my favorite Weather Report disc and I must say that it is very difficult for me to choose between their discography. But here there is magic. 1976. The formation is that of Dream Team with Wayne Shorter, Alex Acuna, Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul and Chester Thompson. Music, I don’t know if it’s jazz, fusion, rock, progressive or whatever you want, it’s like something you put on the record, close your eyes and fly. And then after what seemed like a hundred seconds to your brain and instead it’s twenty minutes you must already change sides.

2Pac – Thug Life

Welcome to our now usual Monday appointment: Kato’s Gems # 5. In 1994 2Pac (R.I.P.) put together a group of trusted friends and collaborators (Big Syke, brother Mopreme, Macadoshis and Rated R) and gave birth to “Thug Life Volume 1”, the first and unfortunately only album of this formation. Here is the most conscious 2Pac, the revolutionary who wanted to change things, far from the one who will conquer the world together with Death Row Records. The topics covered are important, with a tone to denounce the difficult living conditions in the ghetto, the atmospheres at times gloomy, very soulful and quite distant from the most popular G Funk, with productions of Easy Mo Bee, Stretch, Johnny J, Big Syke and Warren G. At that point, Pac was already a leading figure in the world of rap and cinema. He had made three major records and starred in such prominent films as Poetic Justice. Big Syke confessed that when he was assassinated in 1996, he already had plans to take advantage of the huge popularity gained with Death Row and release Thug Life Volume 2 for his label, Makaveli Records. My favorite tracks are “Pour out a little liquor” and “How long will they mourn me” produced by Warren G and with an always exceptional Nate Dogg (R.I.P.)

Wes Montgomery – Movin

The second album of the day is Wes Montgomery’s “Movin ‘Along”, released in 1960. This is a fairly hidden gem in the Montgomery catalog, which is accompanied by James Clay on the flute, Victor Feldman on the piano, Sam Jones on the bass and Louis Hayes on the drums. Four standards and two originals for this gem that returns the magic of one of the greatest guitarists in the history of jazz intact.

Gentle Giant – Free Hand

Sometimes discs need a little more listening to be fully understood. With Gentle Giant’s “Free Hand” this exactly was happened to me. The first time he shot on the plate it seemed confusing, almost pretentious. Obviously I didn’t understand anything. Kerry Minnear in 1975 is at the height of his genius and pushes on the accelerator of his perfect musical machine. Time changes, incredible melodies that intertwine progressive rock, jazz, folk and soul & nbsp; in an impeccable way, with medieval echoes and the xylophone to punctuate such beauty. It isn’t surprising that the Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and the Premiata Forneria Marconi considered them masters, and were deeply influenced by them.