Album Review

Cosi, Valerio/Franchini, Enzo – “Conference of The Aquarians” – [Last Visible Dog Records]

humana   1/25/2009   A Library, CD

Electronic/jazz/rock: Valerio Cosi and Enzo Franchini got together in Italy to do some free jazz improvs, and later Cosi added overdubs and radio manipulations (especially on 8). Cosi???s alto sax screams and squawks on 1, yet sounds smoky on 2. Franchini???s cymbals and drums are the highlight of 4, and his vibes close out 7 quite nicely. Cosi adds sitar, double bass, electric guitar, piano, synth, and electronics (see scraping on 2, glass-breaking sounds on 6, and radio voices on 8). Snake-charmer vibe to 3. These pieces move in various ways, but mostly they are fast and weirdly accessible.
Picks: 7, 6, 3.

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