Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori (1969) Costanza Records

In 1969, pianist-composer Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi recorded Musica per commenti sonori for Italy’s Costanza Records an album that includes ten original compositions plus five alternate versions.

Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi - Musica Per Commenti Sonori (1969) Costanza Records [Italy] (CO 10004)

Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1969) Costanza Records (CO 1004)

“Very Nice (2 vers.),” the second track on Musica per commenti sonori is on YouTube:

Ten of the tracks on the initial vinyl album by Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi have been reissued again, first in 1998 on Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies, an album release by Costanza Records that also added tracks from the Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi Musica per commenti sonori (1969) LP (CO 1005). Tracks on the CD that first appeared on Tommaso and Torossi’s 1969 album include “Dizzyland,” “Mucho gusto,” “Tornante,” “Very Nice,” “A presto,” “A Pietroburgo nel 23,” “Sostenutino,” and “Con fiducia.”

Vito Tommaso with Giuliano Cenci in 1972 (photo from www.rapportoconfidenziale.org)

Vito Tommaso, on the left, with Giuliano Cenci in 1972 (photo from http://www.rapportoconfidenziale.org)

Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi’s “Sostenutino,” later known as “Bike Sharing,” is on YouTube:

In 2013, the same album was reissued as a download by Deneb Records/Flippermusic under the title Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s, 1970s, Easy Listening, retaining the original running order of the 24 tracks but changing half of the titles. “Con fiducia (II vers.),” for example, was renamed “Lasting Love (Alternative Version).”

Vintage Jazz, Pop and Rock - 1960s 1970s Easy Listening (2013) Deneb Records [Italy] (DNB 778)

Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi – Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock (2013 Reissue) Deneb Records/Flippermusic

“A Pietroburgo nel 23,” another track from the original Musica per commenti sonori LP, was renamed “Cute Girls” on the 2013 reissue. Sheet music for the composition credited to Stefano Torossi was released in conjunction with the vinyl LP.

A Pietroburgo Nel 23 sheet music

“A Pietroburgo Nel ’23” by Stefano Torossi sheet music (1969)

 

Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi’s “Con fiducia (II vers.),” also known as “Lasting Love (Alternative Version)” is here:

More From Vito Tommaso

Vito Tommaso, his younger brother bassist-composer Giovanni Tommaso, drummer Giampiero Giusti, guitarist Gaetano Mariani, and vibraphonist Antonello Vannucchi founded Quintetto Di Lucca in 1957. Within two years the quintet had released an EP on RCA, Quintetto Di Lucca.

Quintetto Di Lucca - Quintetto Di Lucca (1959) RCA

Quintetto Di Lucca – Quintetto Di Lucca (1959) RCA

In 1959, Quintetto Di Lucca was chosen to support Chet Baker on his second tour of Italy. Later the players toured in the United States. After Mariani departed in 1961, Quartteto Di Lucca was born, an active jazz foursome through 1967. Among numerous radio and TV appearances, the quartet played with jazz heavyweights like Sonny Rollins and Toots Thielemans. Quartetto, their 1962 debut album for RCA, has recently been reissued in vinyl, with a bonus CD.

“Estate 61,” composed by Vito Tommaso, features Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Giampiero Giusti on drums, Antonello Vannucchi on vibraphone, and Tommaso on piano:

A year after recording Musica per commenti sonori with Stefano Torossi, Vito Tommaso did a self-entitled solo LP on RCA’s Serie Suono label.

Vito Tommaso - Vito Tommaso (1970) RCA

Vito Tommaso – Vito Tommaso (1970) RCA

“Viaggio a Detroit,” features Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Franco Mondini on drums, Maurizio De Angelis on guitar, Francesco Battimelli on flute, and Vito Tommaso on piano:

A downloadable MP3 sound clip containing excerpts from the Vito Tommaso LP is currently available HERE.

Besides being an accomplished jazz musician, Vito Tommaso has been composing music for film and television since the seventies including the themes of dramas and quite a few cartoons in his native Italy.

Green Guitar Group - Mood Food And …. (1970s) Jubal

Green Guitar Group – Mood Food And …. (1970s) Jubal

An example of the type of music Tommaso composes for various radio, film, and television projects is Mood Food And… an album credited to the Green Guitar Group in which he composed every track. “Black Is Beaty,” a track from the Edizioni Musicali Jubal release has recently turned up at the Starving Daughter’s Vinyl Impressions website. In fact, a downloadable MP3 of “Black Is Beaty” from this obscure Italian library LP  from the early 1970s is found at the site dedicated to “psych-pop soundtrack and library discoveries for the working class weirdo” HERE.

“Black Is Beaty” from Vito Tommaso’s Green Guitar Group is also on YouTube:

A video EP for Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori which currently includes “Very Nice (II vers.),” “Tornante,” “Dizzyland,” “Sostenutino,” “Con fiducia (II vers.),” “Very Nice (1 vers.),” and “E quasi domenica,” a composition not included in the later reissues (along with “Para Para” and several alternative versions) is online:

Alternatively, the entire Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s, 1970s, Easy Listening album featuring ten of the fifteen tracks from the 1969 LP  can be heard in WAV or MP3 format at UBM Media.

Vito Tommaso (photo by Enrico Stefanelli)

a recent shot of Vito Tommaso (photo by Enrico Stefanelli)

Several live performances at Lucca Comics by Vito Tommaso and a large contingent of musicians and singers doing his most popular theme songs from cartoons and anime including “Jet Robot,” “Gackeen,” and “Peline Story,” in addition to “Profumo di mare” from Love Boat, are easy to find on the Internet.

Vito Tommaso’s “Maghetta Sally” from 29 October 2009 at Lucca Comics and Games is on YouTube:

“Night In Tunesia” and “Estate 61” from Quartetto di Lucca’s Quartetto (1962) featuring Giampiero Giusti on piano, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Vito Tommaso on piano, and Antonello Vannucchi on vibraphone, recorded in 1961, are on an online video EP.

Quartetto di Lucca (1962)

Quartetto di Lucca – Quartetto (1962) RCA

Listen to the Quartetto EP, which also includes “Lo Svanito” from the 1970 RCA album Ballabili 1, here:

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