Sport & Travel (1999) Rai Trade featuring Stefano Torossi with Federico Arezzini, Sandro Brugnolini, Attilio Casati, Pierluigi Campili, Piero Montanari, David Nerattini, and Marco Vannozzi

In 1999, Stefano Torossi released Sport & Travel on Rai Trade, a production music album featuring collaborations between Torossi and Federico Arezzini, Sandro Brugnolini, Attilio Casati, Piero Montanari, David Nerattini, and with Pierluigi Campili and Marco Vannozzi. Each of the twenty tracks on the CD was performed by the composers themselves, produced by Stefano Torossi.

Sport & Travel (1999) Rai Trade

Various Artists – Sport & Travel (1999) Rai Trade

Original compositions from Sport & Travel include David Nerattini and Stefano Torossi’s “Snowboard,” “Doping,” “Enduro,” “Electrotension,” “Latin Champions,” “Muscles,” “Indianapolis,” and “Stunt Cars.” Nerattini, also known in the music industry as Little Tony Negri, is a member of La Batteria, a band of contemporary musicians composed of Emanuele Bultrini, Paolo Pecorelli, Stefano Vicarelli, and Nerattini, that has created new music that is inspired by the Italian soundtrack music greats of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is currently performing at select locations around Europe to promote the release of their debut eponymous La batteria album on Flippermusic’s Penny Records.

David Nerattini and Stefano Torossi’s “Indianapolis” is on YouTube:

Federico Arezzini and Stefano Torossi have seven original compositions on Sport & Travel: “High Performance,” “Rafting,” “Motorcycle,” “Sail Boat,” “Western Wind,” “Return Trip,” and “Time Off.” Arezzini and Torossi collaborated on several full length albums including Metropolitan Action in 1996, Tangos (originally released as part of Costanza Records’ Musica per commenti sonori series) in 1998, and Avant-Garde on Warner Chappell in 2000.

Sport & Travel (1999) Rai Trade inside

Various Artists – Sport & Travel (1999) Rai Trade inside

The Sport & Travel CD has one track by saxophone player-composer Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi. Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi cut their first album together in 1969, Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10005) for Costanza Records. They have been hanging out and making music ever since.

Musica per commenti sonori (1969) CO 10005

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1969) Costanza Records

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Teamwork” is online:

Sandro Brugnolini has released prominent albums in at least three genres: his first love, jazz, movie soundtracks, and library music. Several of the library albums were done under Brugnolini’s alias Narassa including three for Amedeo Tommasi’s Rotary label and their Made in U.S.A. LP with the Amedeo Tommasi Trio on Tommasi’s tiny Colimbo imprint.

Narassa and Amedeo Tommasi - Made In U.S.A. (2009 Reissue) Arision

Narassa and Amedeo Tommasi – Made In U.S.A. (2009 Reissue) Arision

With this week’s limited edition vinyl reissue of Viaggio Pop N. 1 & 2 by Cinedelic Records, an impossible-to-find double album originally released on the Ayna label, it seems the majority of Sandro Brugnolini’s output under his Narassa pseudonym including at least five 1970s-era LPs are now available in digital and/or other formats including CD and vinyl.

Besides album tracks composed by Attilio Casati, and the writing team of Pierluigi Campili and Marco Vannozzi, Stefano Torossi collaborated on a cut on Sport & Travel with bassist-composer Piero Montanari. In 1995, Torossi produced Montanari’s Ulysses: A Traveller Through Time And Space for Primrose Music and the two have appeared on numerous compilations for Rai Trade, Primrose Music, and ExtraBall Records.

Piero Montanari and Stefano Torossi - Ulysses - A Traveller Through Time and Space (2009) Primrose Music (PRCD 085)

Piero Montanari – Ulysses: A Traveller Through Time and Space (1995) Primrose Music

Piero Montanari and Stefano Torossi’s “Travel Diary” is here:

In fact, the just-released Criminale, Vol. 4 – Violenza! compilation on Penny Records features two compositions by Piero Montanari and “Fuorilegge,” a track credited to Sandro Brugnolini, Massimo Catalano, Franco Tamponi, and Stefano Torossi. The group composition initially appeared on Franco Tamponi’s Un volto una storia soundtrack on Flower Records in 1972.

Franco Tamponi - Un volto una storia (1972) Flower

Franco Tamponi – Un volto una storia (1972) Flower

Sandro Brugnolini, Massimo Catalano, Franco Tamponi, and Stefano Torossi’s “Fuorilegge” is on YouTube:

Music from the Artists Released in 2015

Several videos and audio files have been uploaded in recent months for the La Batteria album featuring David Nerattini and band mates. Taking cues from Alessandro Alessandroni and I Marc 4 to Ennio Morricone and Goblin, La Batteria is one of this correspondent’s favorite 2015 releases.

La Batteria (2015) Penny Records CD cover

La Batteria – La Batteria (2015) Penny Records

A video for La Batteria’s “Manifesto” is online:

An interview that contains more music from David Nerattini is HERE.

Sandro Brugnolini (aka Narassa)’s Viaggio Pop N. 1 & N. 2, reissued by Cinedelic Records, contains nineteen tracks spread across two LPs (a digital download is available as a bundle with the vinyl).

Narassa - Viaggio Pop N. 1 & N. 2 (2015 Reissue) Cinedelic Records

Narassa – Viaggio Pop N. 1 & N. 2 (2015 Reissue) Cinedelic Records

Among the standout cuts from the album uploaded to the Internet is Narassa (aka Sandro Brugnolini)’s “Asta di distribuzione”:

An interview with Sandro Brugnolini that showcases music from the Modern Jazz Gang forward is HERE.

Fellow jazzman Piero Montanari has been playing bass and keyboards live and on film soundtracks and pop albums since the mid-1960s. He also made a pair of classic library music albums in 1973 for Italy’s Octopus Records, Climax and Bass Modulations.

Criminale, Vol. 4 - Violenza! (2015) Penny Records

Various Artists – Criminale, Vol. 4 – Violenza! (2015) Penny Records

Piero Montanari’s “Lupin” and “Saigon Night” are included on the Criminale, Vol. 4 – Violenza! compilation, an album released as an LP-digital bundle. Both tracks originally appeared on 1970s Pop Maniacs , a 1999 Primrose Music collection that also features cuts from Stefano Torossi, Alessandro Alessandroni, Amedeo Tommasi, and more.

“Il branco” by Piero Montanari and Stefano Torossi from the 2000 Problemi sociali compilation on Rai Trade, produced by Torossi, is on YouTube:

An interview with Piero Montanari that contains videos and film clips is HERE

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