Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori – L’uomo e la natura (1986) Costanza Records (Reissue 1989 Fonit Cetra)

In 1986, Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi returned to Studio 81 in Rome to record Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura (Man and Nature), one of three albums the legendary composers collaborated on for Italy’s Costanza Records that year.

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Musica per commenti sonori: L'uomo e la natura (1986) Costanza Records

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura (1986) Costanza Records

Tracks on side one of the vinyl LP include  the title track, “Camel Trophy,” “Profondo blu,” “Vecchia fattoria,” “Fiori di pesco,” and “Altipiani.”

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s “Camel Trophy” is on SoundCloud:

Side two includes “La mia Africa,” “Coleotteri,” “Natura violenta,” “Giardino di vetro,” “Il falco,” and “Cucciolo” (called “Cuccioli di uomo” on Fonit Cetra’s 1989 reissue of this album, Strumentali: L’uomo e la natura).

Strumentali - L'uomo E La Natura (1989) [Nuovo Repertorio Editoriale] [Italy] (CDRE 1305)

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Strumentali: L’uomo e la natura (1989 Reissue) Fonit Cetra

Each cut on the album of compositions by Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi, like on their Musica per commenti sonori: Tecnologia elettronica (1986), also features Tommasi on synthesizer and various electronic instruments.

At this time, it seems only two of the dozen album tracks are available online, including the title track, “L’uomo e la natura”:

UPDATE: Audio Album Excerpt Posted Online

A downloadable excerpt of Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura album has been recently posted on SoundCloud that includes two full album cuts, “Camel Trophy” and “Natura violenta”:

Several cuts from Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori: Tecnologia elettronica are currently found on the Web, including a couple from Commenti musicali: Microtecnologia – tecnologia e Computer, a 1992 Fonit Cetra album that is a reissue of Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori: Tecnologia elettronica.

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Musica Per Commenti Sonori- Tecnologia Elettronica (1986) Costanza Records [Italy] (CO 8604)

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Musica Per Commenti Sonori: Tecnologia elettronica (1986) Costanza Records

This excellent reissue adds ten extra tracks to the 1986 original release from Costanza Records.

“Energia,” the eight cut on Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori: Tecnologia elettronica, is on YouTube:

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi recorded a third album of original compositions together for Costanza in 1986, Musica per commenti sonori, (CO 8601).

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Musica per commenti sonori Costanza Records [Italy] CO 8601

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1986) Costanza Records (CO 8601)

This LP was reissued in 1989 by Fonit Cetra under the title Strumentali: Bambini.

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Strumentali: Bambini (1989)

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Strumentali – Bambini (1989) Fonit Cetra

“Sogni d’oro” from Musica per commenti sonori, a track that later appeared both on Strumentali: Bambini and Commenti musicali: Young Music – Young Ideas (1993), is here:

Tommassi and Torossi on Rotary Records

In 1974, Amedeo Tommasi’s record label Rotary released three albums of music by Tommasi and Stefano Torossi (under the alias “Farlocco”) including Tecnologia (R/1002), Giochiamo insieme (R/1003), and The Swingers’ Jazz Video: Musiche di Farlocco (R/1004), all three which are now available as digital downloads– Tecnologia and Jazz Video were also reissued in CD by the U.K. label Arison in 2008.

Tecnologia (1974)

Farlocco – Tecnologia (1974) Rotary Records

In 2007, “Stadio,” the opening track from Jazz Video: Musiche di Farlocco was released as part of Bologna Jazz Tunes.

Bologna Jazz Tunes 01 (2007) Compilation Arison

Bologna Jazz Tunes 01 (2007) Arison

The download-only compilation by Arison that is currently available in most markets from both Amazon and iTunes.

The Swingers’ “Stadio,” composed by Farlocco (aka Stefano Torossi) and featuring Amedeo Tommasi, is also found online:

When asked about working with Amedeo Tommasi on these albums, Stefano Torossi commentes:

[Tommasi] “not only is always the pianist in all our productions but he is the one who does all the electronic set up and playing. He was in fact one of the first musicians in Italy to buy and use a Moog.”

In fact, Amedeo Tommasi not only played on all three Rotary albums by Stefano Torossi, he played on all seven LPs released by his Rotary label in 1973. When asked recently, Tommasi states:

I played all the instruments on all tracks of the disc [Tecnologia], and the other discs.”

More Music From Amedeo Tommasi

Chet Baker and Amedeo Tommasi in the early 1960s (photo from Tommasi's MySpace.com site)

Chet Baker and Amedeo Tommasi in the early 1960s (photo from Tommasi’s MySpace.com site)

Amedeo Tommasi has been playing piano since age 6. In the late 1950s he began playing in jazz trios around Italy. In December 1960, his Tommasi Trio, with Franco Mondini on drums, and and Giovanni Tommaso on bass, plus Cici Santucci on trumpet and Enzo Scoppa on tenor sax, recorded and released their Zamboni 22 album. Originally out on the Adventure label, the LP has recently been reissued on CD by Rearward and Schema Records.

“Zamboni 22,” named after Tommasi’s old street address in Bologna, is on YouTube:

One year later, Amedeo Tommasi hooked up with Chet Baker for the first time in a relationship that would span decades. In 1962, they recorded their first album together, Chet Is Back! for RCA.

Chet Baker Sextet - Chet Is Back! (1962)

Chet Baker Sextet – Chet Is Back! (1962) RCA

In 1967, the Amedeo Tommasi Trio, consisting of Enzo Restuccia on drums, Giovanni Tommaso on bass and Tommasi on piano and organ, released Blues For Miles Davis, an album reissued in 2010 by Cinedelic Records.

Amedeo Tommasi Trio - Blues For Miles Davis (1967)

Amedeo Tommasi Trio – Blues For Miles Davis (1967) Cinedelic Records

A very entertaining and enlightening interview with Amedeo Tommasi, “Musicalmente vostro,” directed by Roberto De Vivo, is included in the Cindedelic CD reissue of the Tommasi Trio’s Blues For Miles Davis.

The 35-minute, must-see interview is also now online:

As the end of the Sixties, Amedeo Tommasi began devoting more time to composing original music for film and TV. In 1974, he released one of his most successful albums, The Sound, which was reissued as a CD and download in 2007. Besides appearing on several compilation albums with Stefano Torossi in the 1980s through the 2010s, Tommasi continues to create original electronic-based pieces of music in addition to playing jazz.

In 2012, the Amedeo Tommasi Trio, featuring Franco Mondini on drums, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, and Amedeo Tommasi on piano, performed “On The Green Dolphin Street” at Teatro Merula in Bra, Italy:

Music from composer-pianist Amedeo Tommasi including a pair of tracks each from Rotary albums Guerra e Angoscia and Made In U.S.A, a downloadable version of the title track from Rotary’s Camera-Car, two tracks from the Thomas soundtrack, and additional music from albums such as The Sound, Zodiac, and “Dinamica tragica” from his 2011 Flash Internazionale album on Pinball Music is on SoundCloud:

And one final composition from Amedeo Tommasi and vocalist Edda Dell’Orso, the title track from Thomas, a soundtrack released by Italy’s Gemelli in 1970–reissued by SONOR Music Editions in 2017:

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