giorno di marzoBernardo Lanzettiincontra uno dei prossimi
ospiti del suo disco solista: Tony Levin.
Gli Stick Men -oltre a Levin, Pat Mastellotto
e Markus Reuter -erano di scena aLa Cochera Cabaret di Malaga, atto conclusivo del loro tour
europeo,ed è stata l’occasione per
scambiare qualche chiacchiera e vedere all’opera la sezione ritmica dei King
performance! Come ha sottolineato Reuter, dopo 23 concerti, "avevano tutto
quanto nelle mani".
Dopo l’esibizione li ho raggiunti in camerino per un saluto e una "copa de vino", con
Tony gentilissimo e disponibile. Mi ha confidato che da gennaio ha dovuto
rimanere concentrato solo su quel repertorio: come non credergli!?
E subito dopo la chiacchierata la band e il tecnico si dedicano
allo smontaggio dei propri strumenti”.
Beh, chi ha già visto in azione da vicino questi
musicisti sa che la loro grandezza risiede anche nell’umiltà e nella cura dei
particolari, e la presenza di Tony Levin nel prossimo lavoro di Bernardo incuriosisce
un bel pò…
When I was
asked if I would review this album, I obviously said yes, partly because I knew
that I already had at least one other of theirs in my collection. Now, when
you've been writing about music for as long as I have, and have the odd album
or two in their collection in one format or another, sometimes things don't
connect as quickly as they should. Yes, I do have another Acqua Fragile album in my
collection, 'Mass-Media Stars', which was released back in 1974!! Unlike many
other Italian bands at the time, they decided to perform in English, with songs
that weren't always quite as symphonic as the rest of the Italian progressive
scene, and these two factors really put them up against it. But, the real nail
in the coffin for the band was the departure of Bernardo Lanzetti to PFM, and
although the band did keep going for a while, they never recorded again.
years Bernardo has appeared in different places (I remember interviewing him
when he joined Mangala Vallis), but now, more than 40 years since his departure
the group have reformed around him, drummer Piero Canavera and bassist Franz
Dondi along with multiple guests. 'Chocolate Kings' is probably my favourite
PFM album, the one where Bernardo made his debut for the band, but arguably he
is singing better than ever, with a band that are bringing together styles that
have as much in common with neo-prog, Gabriel-era Genesis and IQ as they do
with the Italian scene. This is glorious prog, soaring and symphonic when it
needs to be, layered and structured at times, but simple and reflective at
others. If ever an album oozed class from every pore then this has to be it.
There are ballads, there is an Italian march, there is intensity but throughout
there is also always beauty. Bernardo's Chapman-style vocals have weathered and
become more rounded, as happened with the Family man, but still have the
stridency when it is required.
The only real
question now, is do we have to wait 43 years for the next one? Superb.