Sandro Brugnolini, Stefano Torossi, and Antonello Vannucchi’s Musica per commenti sonori: Acoustic (I Marc Quattro oggi – Suoni acustici degli anni ’60-’70) (1997) Costanza Records (Reissue 2015 Deneb Records) featuring Silvano Chimenti
In 1997, Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi composed the music for Acoustic (I Marc Quattro oggi – Suoni acustici degli anni ’60-’70) (1997) on Italy’s Costanza Records, an album of nineteen original compositions that features Antonello Vannucchi on piano and organ, Silvano Chimenti on guitar, Alfredo Paixao on double bass, and Beppe Basile on drums and percussion. The collection of jazz, classical, and rock instrumentals was recorded at Studio Telecinesound in Rome, produced by Stefano Torossi–and reissued last month by Deneb Records under the title Film Characters: Cinematic – Electronic – Easy Listening.
The limited release library music album initially available in CD is the fourth Costanza Records’ album from the Musica per commenti Series produced by Stefano Torossi to be reissued in 2015 including Planet Woman: Documentary – Drama – Lifestyle and Check Up: Daytime TV – 1990s – Background Music from 1999 and Crime and Punishment: Documentary – News – Beds from 1998.
Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Volpone,” known as “The Gambler” on the digital reissue, is here:
Deneb reissued another pair of Musica per commenti sonori albums produced by Torossi in 2014, Federico Arezzini and Torossi’s Tangos: World Music – Argentina – Documentary, first released in 1998, and Claudio Gizzi and Torossi’s Great Images: Nature – Documentary – Electronica from 1996–originally titled Musica per commenti sonori: Elicottero (Panoramiche dall’aria). All of these albums are now available at major digital music retailers in most markets.Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Il sorpasso” (renamed “The Adventurer” on the reissue) is on YouTube:
The full track list of the Film Characters: Cinematic – Electronic – Easy Listening digital reissue includes: “The Champion,” “The Drunk,” “Holiday Time,” “The Club,” “Barbecue Party,” “Intellectual Snob,” “The Manager,” “Bedroom Secrets,” “The Gambler,” “The Adventurer,” “The Girls,” “Sports Club,” “The Playboy,” “Teenage Story,” “Latin Gigolo,” “Romance in Paris,” “Eternal Love,” “Sentimental Heart,” and “Slapstick Scene.”
After some new uploads last month, every track on Acoustic (I Marc Quattro oggi – Suoni acustici degli anni ’60-’70), except “Sculettando” (aka “The Girls”) is now on YouTube.
A playlist with all the available album cuts is online:
More Music from the Artists: Sandro Brugnolini
Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi first worked together on their Musica per commenti sonori LP for Costanza Records in 1969 (CO 10005). In 1974, they later collaborated on Feelings, with Giancarlo Gazzani and Puccio Roelens, first pressed on Carosello, Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus in 1986, and Strumentali: Emozionale in 1987, both on Fonit Cetra.
Torossi also served as the producer of Brugnolini’s tracks on Strumentali: Il mondo del lavoro in 1989, with Antonio Sechi, and several compilations including Strumentali: Vita d’oggi in 1991, Commenti musicali: Musica d’epoca – prehistoria e storia antica in 1993, and Musica per commenti sonori: Check Up and Sport & Travel on Rai Trade, both in 1999.Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Teamwork” from the Rai Trade compilation Sport & Travel is online:
Lately, this correspondent can’t stop spinning Come Upstair, a progressive rock-jazz LP by Oscar Lindok and His Friends released on Picci Records in 1973. Lindok, better known as Giacomo Dell’Orso, composed half of the tracks on the album.
In addition, it seems an uncredited Sandro Brugnolini worked on all twelve compositions including the opening track, “My Way To Mexico,” which is also attributed to Nedo Benvenuti.
Sandro Brugnolini and Nedo Benvenuti’s “My Way To Mexico” from Oscar Lindok and His Friends’ Come Upstair album is on YouTube:
An interview with composer and alto sax player Alessandro “Sandro” Brugnolini includes musical highlights from Miles Before And After, the 1960 LP he played sax, arranged, and acted as the main writer on for the Modern Jazz Gang, as well as Underground and Overground from 1970, Utopia in 1972, and several soundtracks such as Gli arcangeli, with the Modern Jazz Gang and Helen Merrill on vocals, in 1962, and Gungala la pantera nuda and Dov’é L’Australia, both from 1968 with Luigi Malatesta. Music from the series of albums Sandro Brugnolini did under his alias Narassa in the early to mid-1970s with pianist-keyboard player Amedeo Tommasi, including Tensione dinamica, Guerra e angoscia, Camera-Car, and Made In U.S.A., is also located HERE.
An extended sound clip from Sandro Brugnolini’s newly reissued Fantabulous, Inc. (aka as Il donna, il sesso, e il superuomo) soundtrack from the 1967 film by director Sergio Spina includes excerpts from “Fantabulous,” “Sog,” “Cup,” “Op,” “Susp,” and “I’ve Glimpsed You.”
Sandro Brugnolini’s Fantabulous, Inc. soundtrack, featuring lead vocalist Gianpiero Graziano, is on SoundCloud:
More Music from the Artists: Antonello Vannucchi
Antonello Vannucchi and Stefano Torossi have collaborated on several albums including I Marc 4’s eponymous 1970 release (GLP 1005), an LP that features Vannucchi on Hammond organ and piano, Maurizio Majorana on bass, Carlo Pes on guitar, and Roberto Podio on drums and percussion, with the compositions credited to “Fotriafa.” This alias of Stefano Torossi, like “Farlocco” and “Melodicon,” has been used on several albums.
Five tracks from I Marc 4 (GLP 1005) are currently found on an audio sound clip posted online including “Suoni armonici,” “Happy Beat,” “Ray Ban,” “Rum And Coke,” and “Asfalto in agguato”:
More information about this album including a profile of I Marc 4 is HERE.
In 2013, Deneb Records released Antonello Vannucchi, Maurizio Majorana, and Stefano Torossi’s Back In Time: Retro – Vintage – Easy Listening.
The compositions from this album have been licensed on numerous compilations including Love Routes: Jazz Romance in Prague, Winter Classics: The Instrumental Music Playlist to Dream On, and Kitchen Music Pleasures: The Smooth Jazz Playlist to Enjoy Your Cooking, all released as digital downloads by ExtraBall Records in 2015.
In 1961, Antonello Vannucchi played vibraphone on Quartetto di Lucca’s Quartetto LP on RCA that also features Giampiero Giusti on piano, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, and Vito Tommaso on piano.
Quartetto di Lucca’s “Gabry,” composed by Antonello Vannucchi, is on YouTube:
Additional tracks from Quartetto are found in an interview with composer-bassist-band leader Giovanni Tommaso HERE.
More Music from the Artists: Silvano Chimenti
Guitarist Silvano Chimenti played on Sandro Brugnolini’s pair of classic albums released months apart in 1970, Underground and Overground. Each album uses the same musicians: Angelo Baroncini and Silvano Chimenti on guitar, Giorgio Carnini on organ, Enzo Restuccia on drums, and Giovanni Tommaso on bass.
The AMS 2009 CD reissue of Overground, including two bonus tracks, and the most recent Underground reissue in 2014 on SONOR Music Editions that includes a bonus CD with the deluxe vinyl are highly recommended.
Sandro Brugnolini’s “Alipid,” the eighth cut on Overground, is online:
In 1980, Silvano Chimenti released Disco Music on Usignolo (UST 232), an out of print, impossible to find jazz-funk album that needs to be reissued!
Silvano Chimenti’s “Suspence Space” from Disco Music is on YouTube:
Torossi Online Sampler Covering 1993-2010
A selection of five tracks covering 1993 to 2010 includes “Camel Trophy” and “Natura violenta” by Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi from their 1986 Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura LP for Costanza Records (reissued three years later by Fonit Cetra ) and “V.U.E.” from Luca Proietti’s 1999 Geoglot: Universal Language CD, “Dindana” from Luca Proietti’s 2004 WM Global Music CD, both Rai Trade albums produced by Stefano Torossi, and “Sun And Fun” from Federico Ferrandina and Torossi’s 2010 Guitarra album on Primrose Music: