Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies (1998) Costanza Records (Reissue 2013 Deneb Records)
In 1998, Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies, a library music compilation of rock, jazz, and pop songs, was released on CD by Italy’s Costanza Records. Also produced by Torossi, the album was reissued in 2013 as a download by Flippermusic’s Deneb Records label under the title Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s – 1970s – Easy Listening, retaining the original order of the 24 tracks but changing about half of the titles.
This is the third format for this music as all the tracks on the two albums date back to three Costanza Records’ LPs: Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10002) from 1968 and Sandro Brugnolini and Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10005) and Vito Tommaso and Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10004), both released in 1969.
Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Sweet Beat (aka Sweet-Beat),” the fifteenth track, is on YouTube:
“Sweet Beat” first appeared on a 1969 LP by Brugnolini and Torossi released by Costanza Records, Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10005). The vinyl-only album by Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi is also the source of “Interrupted,” “Starter,” “Makkaresh,” and “Fast Train,” which appeared on both the 1998 and 2013 albums.
Another ten of the tracks from the 1998 CD and 2013 download initially appeared on another Costanza Records’ LP from 1969 called Musica per commenti sonori (CO 1004), this one by Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi. Compositions include “Very Nice,” “Mucho gusto,” “Tornante,” “Dizzyland,” “A presto,” “A Pietroburgo nel 23,” “Sostenutino,” and “Con fiducia.”
Their 1969 album also includes two additional songs as well as three alternate versions not included in the two later releases. Disregard the LP credits as each track is a collaboration between Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi–legal requirements at the time forced each artist to take credit for one side only.
Two compositions by Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi, the opening track, “Very Nice (II vers.)” and “E quasi domenica,” the closing song which was not included on the 1998 and 2013 versions, are here:
The Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies CD has three Stefano Torossi solo compositions that first appeared on his debut LP on Costanza in 1968, Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10002).
This includes two versions of “1938” aka “Silly Tune,” “Nebbia all’alba,” later renamed “Easy Does It,” and “Nostalgia,” the thirteenth track.
Watch a video by Beatrice Bottini for “Nostalgia,” rechristened “Lazy Afternoon” on the Deneb Records’ reissue:
More Music from the Musicians
In 1967, Vito Tommaso released a self-titled album on RCA featuring his brother Giovanni on bass, Franco Mondini on drums, Maurizio De Angelis on guitar, Francesco Battimelli on flute, and Tommaso on piano.
At least three of the album cuts have been uploaded to the Internet.
Vito Tommaso’s “Viaggio a Detroit” is on YouTube:
Another track, “Lo svanito” from the 1970 RCA album Ballabili 1, which features Vito Tommaso and Quartetto Di Lucca, is also on YouTube.
“Lo svanito,” featuring Giampiero Giusti on drums, Giovanni Tommaso on bass, Vito Tommaso on piano, and Antonello Vannucchi on vibes, is here:
Sandro Brugnolini extensive recording career includes original albums and compilations like the recent Flipper Psychout: Original Italian Library Music From The Vaults Of Flipper collection.
Sandro Brugnolini’s “Orca” and “Lamantino” are on YouTube:
“Supermarket,” another Sandro Brugnolini original composition, is on the Plastic Records’ Stroboscopica, Vol. 3: 20 Jazzy Orchestral Latin Strobo Sounds From Cinematic ’70’s Filmworks compilation.
“Supermarket” originally appeared on Sandro Brugnolini’s Utopia album released by Gemelli in 1972.
Sandro Brugnolini’s “Supermarket” is online:
Stefano Torossi and Sandro Brugnolini have worked together on a number of projects since their first collaboration in 1969. In 1986, they composed Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus for Nuovo Repertorio Editoriale.
In 1997, nineteen Torossi and Brugnolini compositions appeared on Musica per commenti sonori: Acoustic (I Marc Quattro oggi – suoni acustici degli anni ’60-’70) by Costanza Records, featuring Antonello Vannucchi on piano and organ, Silvano Chimenti on guitar, Alfredo Paixao on double bass, and Beppe Basile on drums.
“Dottor Jazz,” the opening track of the Torossi-produced album, is here:
Around 2008, Brugnolini and Torossi appeared on Kaleidoscope and Children’s World. Torossi also served as the producer of Brugnolini’s tracks on several compilations including 1991’s Strumentali: Vita d’oggi, 1993’s Commenti musicali: Musica d’epoca – prehistoria e storia antica, and one track on 1999’s Musica per commenti sonori: Check Up.
In 1974, the two famed composers joined Giancarlo Gazzani and Puccio Roelens on Feelings, an original album that has long been considered one of the best and most influential records in the library music genre–and is now available as a download, CD and in vinyl format.
A video LP featuring nine tracks from Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori LPs, Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies CD, and Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s, 1970s, Easy Listening download is on YouTube:
In addition, one of Sandro Brugnolini’s finest albums, 1970’s Overground has been uploaded to YouTube.
Reissued as a limited release LP in 2008 and deluxe slip-case CD in 2009, it is now one of several albums, along with sister album Underground, available as a download from iTunes USA and as both a CD and download from Amazon USA:
In June 2014, Underground was reissued by SONOR Music Editions in both vinyl and a variety of digital formats available at bandcamp.
Sandro Brugnolii’s “Reiteratòico” is on YouTube: