28 December 2008
SANTUCCI , SCOPPA - ON THE UNDERGROUND ROAD
Cicci Santucci and Enzo Scoppa Group for Dire Italy from 1971.
Recorded and Produced in Rome June 1971 by Piero Umiliani.
Cicci Santucci(tp,arr); Enzo Scoppa(ts,comp); Joel Vandrokenbrak(org); Franco D'Andrea(p,el-p); Bruno Tommaso(b); Roberto Podio, Gegé Munari, Bruno Biriaco(perc).
Moving to Italy and Rome 1971 for this fabulous P.Umiliani production of the Santucci Scoppa Group who are on fire for this set of ten originals which fair crackle off the wax with sheer energy and intensity.
Every cut's a winner but just check out the super tough dancers "Camel Walk" and "Tip Cat" ,El Gato influenced "Tagana",the 6/8 Sardininan sounds of "Barbagia" and the dark modality of "Generational Gap".
Umiliani comments on the rear sleeve "I asked them[Santucci/Scoppa]for incisive and strong themes,but not artificially obscure just to be modern ,rhythms rich and contemporary,a whole array of different atmospheres,and most of all,brief solos" from which one can only surmise that Umiliani had library plans for the project which were confirmed when he issued it through his Soundworks label a year later as "Olimpiadi".
No matter the reasons for recording this is just a terrific lp which earns the accolade:
ALL KILLER NO FILLER !