Monday, December 15, 2008

Romano Mussolini - "Mirage" (1974)





Jazz pianist Romano Mussolini was the son of that Italian dictator, and this is a nice rhodes jazz album from 1974 with some funky moments. And you know how much I love that 70s bauhaus font on the cover.

People keep asking me for this album in comments, and I've had a rip for about four or five years from Soulseek, where I used to 'live" in pre-music blog days.

I had expected the album to pop up again on the blogosphere, but it's seemingly not around anymore ... at some stage it's been at My Favourite Sound, Quimsy's Mumbo Jumbo and Funkydisposition, but the age of this download makes me pretty sure it's not from you guys. Anyway, I'll throw it into the comments at your blogs as well.

I hope to sometime find a higher bitrate version myself, but this still sounds fine. The tracks "Mirage" and "Blues for Alexandria" are snagged from comps and are in 320kbps, the rest is at 128.

** Also check the comments for more Mussolini on the rhodes, and more Italian funky jazz from the Sergio Fanni Quintet, courtesy of Ish.

Enjoy!

TRACKLIST 

01 The Twitch
02 Omaggio a Oscar Peterson
03 Sweet Elisabeth
04 Hong Kong
05 Mirage
06 Blues for Alexandra
07 Rachel's Lullaby


MUSICIANS

romano mussolini - electric piano
glauco masetti - saxaphone
emilio soanna - trumpet
piero montanari - electric bass
roberto spizzichino - drums
tulio de piscopo - percussion


PRODUCTION DETAILS 

PDU Jazz A-6018 (Italy) 1974




33 comments:

Newk said...

Thanks! I used to be completely fascinated with Romano's story and his music.

johnv said...

Great sounds, thanks as always Simon!

ish said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/136895502/CAROSELLO.rar.html

this link contains Soft and Swing by Musolini. (Sorry, really hard to get around that name. Kinda creeping me out. Not his fault who his father is. Yikes.) Anyway, 1979: Cicci Santucci - trumpet
Roberto Zappulla - drums
Maurizio Lazzaretti - drums
Wilfred Copello - percussions
Lono Ranieri - electric bass
Romano Mussolini - Fender piano;
320 kbps, not my rip.
(DL also includes Sergio Fanni quintet, Hard Suite, 1975)

thanks simon, will check this one out.

Art Simon said...

Thanks Simon, and thanks Ish! I hadn't heard of Romano Mussolini before. I'm groovin' on Sergio Fanni's "drive waltz"

JAZZYPIER said...

Celo have the vinyl record, but is a lazy man....
Best
Pier

Simon666 said...

Wow ish, two great albums, big thanks!

cheeba said...

Wow. Seriously wicked LP here Simon. Hope I can track it down or find a flac/wav somewhere cuz this is chock full of dope samples - especially "Hong Kong" and "Mirage." Good thing they cut off Benito's balls AFTER he fathered Romano!

Love the Italian jazz you put up at NER, never seem to have enough of it.

Ish, thanks for the other link, too! Sounds like it'll be just as satisying...

TC said...

Thanks Simon. Liking the track 'Mirage' in particular.

makuma said...

Thanks Simon! Here's some more Italian jazz from platingbear

http://jazzzin.blogspot.com/search/label/italian%20jazz

Make sure you check Quintetto Lo Grecco!

Also not to be missed is Schema Sextet on

http://myfavvouritesound.blogspot.com/2008/11/schema-sextet-look-out.html

courtesy of Rob and Jazzypier

Cheers

Makuma

fritz the cat said...

Thanks. Never been much of a fan, he plays too many standards and too much blues for my liking, but there are a couple of tasty numbers in there. I like the Fanni ish posted though (no pun intended)

Gianni said...

I like Romano music style.
thank you Simon, and thank you Ish!

Arkadin said...

Romano Mussolini also recorded soundtracks with Roberto Pregadio for the nowadays so-called cult movies Kriminal and Satanik.

From dusty:

"An amazing little soundtrack that's every bit as groovy as its cover -- a great blend of 60s mod and Italian jazz, all in support of the skeleton-costumed master thief Kriminal! This CD represents the first full length presentation of the film's soundtrack -- a long-overdue masterpiece that steps off the jazzier modes used in Italian films of the early 60s, touched by some of the more dynamic production and arrangement styles that were creeping in later in the decade -- all served up over short, sweet tracks that dance with delight and drama throughout! There's even a bit of the British and American spy modes of the time creeping into the mix -- no doubt a way of highlighting the "international crime" reputation of lead character Kriminal."

Interested?

http://www.mediafire.com/file/dzzi5dndund/Kriminal.rar

http://www.mediafire.com/file/mzug2nmjm2i/Satanik.rar

Cheers!

JTF said...

Makes you wonder what Hitler's kid might have been like on vibes. Ok, maybe not! Thanks!

GHoSTFiNGeR said...

http://ghostfinger-digginthecrates.blogspot.com/

Simon666 said...

Arkadin! I wrote a post thanking you for this, but .... for some reason it's not here ... anyway THANKS, I've made your and Ishs' contributions in to a new post above this one

Jazzaficionado said...

grazie mille

Rollo de Soto said...

Thanks for all the info and links, I've been digging Kriminal for a few months now and it's nice to see more from him.

Gorgon Jr said...

Wasn't expecting that name next to a solid jazz record... my fault for being narrow minded... intriuging and thanks Simon.

O said...

Muchas gracias esto es realmente bueno ,saludos.

E-mile said...

today I'm reading this musican's name in a book by Nino Filasto...
-the book is better than the music-
comparising apples with tangerins,
I know...
peace, E-mile

purple_Crayons said...

fwow. mirage is FUNKY. thanks for sharing!

rhythm said...

Thanks for the great music...I'm lovin your blog!

BTW, Ghostfinger, I want to check out your blog, but its private, can I get an invite?

IR e L a IXI said...

amazing post!

IR e L a IXI said...

hehe something i can talk about in my poli science class.

6207865 said...

The fact that it is Mossolini's son is a gimmick in it self, but once you get over that you realize it really is a great album!!

Thanks

MAC said...

THANKS! Mirage is a classic... great stuff..

mmbh said...

Thank you. Had to grab this super groovy album. You do a fine job of compiling and sharing your music Simon and I am very impressed and very grateful.

Simon666 said...

thanks mmbh and everyone else for your comments :)

Solar Bears said...

Not happen to have two albums of Quintetto Lo Greco, that you can not imagine how long it took finding them.

Sun Zoo said...

I'd almost forgotten how much I enjoyed your posts Simon...this one was particularly stellar...thanks again and best wishes for the coming year.

Simon666 said...

thanks sun zoo, all the best to you too :)

Wytse said...

Nice vibe, thanks Simon!

Simon666 said...

Glad you're enjoying it Wytse, thanks for all the comments :)