CARLOS FRANZETTI - GRAFITTI
Carlos Franzetti for Guiness from 1977.
This one's been commanding a 3 figure price tag for years now on the back of it's rarity and the track "Cocoa Funk".Sonorama got hold of a copy and decided to reissue it with two bonus tracks from a Franzetti latin jazz project recorded shortly afterwards which went unreleased.These two cuts are fantastic("Rhumba Dreams" & the sublime "Guajira Without Words") and put the original lp in the shade for my money.
As Sonorama went to the trouble of reissuing this little gem I have just ripped the original lp format for this post without the extra tracks-if you wanna hear 'em buy the reissue.You won't regret it!
Here's Dusty Groove on the case:
An amazing little record from keyboardist Carlos Franzetti -- a set that blends together jazz, Latin, and club influences from the 70s -- all together in one totally unique sort of sound! The album's got a vibe that's incredibly soulful -- filled with rhythms and changes that are quite different from the ordinary, but also pretty darn funky too -- in a way that's somewhere between the best 70s productions of Larry Mizell, and the two amazing records cut in the decade by Bobby Vince Paunetto! Franzetti plays Fender Rhodes, moog, and acoustic piano on the record -- and the backings are full, but always nice and lean -- mixing bits of strings with Latin percussion, electric bass, guitar, and loads of great horns. A few cuts have some great scatting vocals alongside the instrumentation -- and the sound here is unlike anything else you might have heard.