Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Manigold ::: Tracce di Sud

On their debut album, Manigold use the folk music of the Salento as a starting point, but take the music into areas that would have been undreamed of by the village performers from 1954. The traditional material and self-composed pieces are intertwined with jazz, classical, Arabic, reggae, Gypsy and even tango styles. The instrumentation is also a mixture of the traditional with external influences, as fit includes accordion, violin, saxophone, electric bass and assorted percussion. There is a dramatic contrast between the individual tracks. Deuteragonia is based on a tango rhythm, a Balkan feel is evident in the asymmetric time signature of Mamma La Rondinella, the traditional ballad Lu Rusciu Te Lu Mare includes an atmospheric, mellow saxophone, Fellini is an appropriately filmic piece with some delicate counterpoint of saxophone and accordion, La Danza Dei Bastoni has Arabic roots and Il Volo Di Santa Pupa is essentially a dazzling vibraphone feature. The musicians come from jazz, traditional music and classical backgrounds and bring their diversity of experience to the music. The playing is exceptionally skilful and each track seems to be a different project, conceived in a completely new musical direction. This produces possibly too much stylistic variety for a single album, but overall fit is a fascinating and colourful experience.
Michael Hingston • fROOTS #241, July 2003

Claudio Prima: melodion, vocals
Francesco Del Prete: violin
Vito De Lorenzi: drums, tamburello, vibraphone
Giuseppe Spedicato: electric bass
Raffaele Casarano: soprano and alto saxes

1. Santamarò
2. Mamma la rondinella
3. Deuteragonia
4. Lu rusciu te lu mare
5. Ninnirinnuzzu
6. Fellini
7. Fumo
8. La danza dei bastoni
9. Il Volo di Santa Pupa
10. My tambourine
11. Ballo per quattro dita

2003 • Finisterre FTCD20

Tracce di Sud
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