A classic session of Italian modernist jazz – led by bassist Giorgio Azzolini, and featuring searing trumpet work by Enrico Rava! Pianist Franco D'Andrea and drummer Aldo Romano complete the group – and the tracks show a definite influence of the free jazz stylings that were sweeping ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost Italian gem from the 60s! Bassist Giorgio Azzolini was one of Italy's best players during the postwar years, and this handsome reissue brings to light one of his rarer sessions from the 60s. The record's a lyrical septet session, with Azzolini's warm round basslines right up front, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The rich warm tones of bassist Giorgio Azzolini head this classic Italian jazz session from the 60s, lovingly restored and packaged by the great Rearward label! Pianist Franco D'Andrea and drummer Franco Tonani join Azzolini for the session – and the trio have an approach that's clearly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Braen's Machine —
Quarta Pagina ... CD Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
Stunning sound library material from Braen's Machine – one of the coolest, grooviest, and most obscure acts that were part of this underground Italian scene in the 70s! Quarta Pagina follows into even more trippier territory than the group's famous Underground album – a wild blend of ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Maybe the coolest and grooviest music we've heard from the obscure Braen's Machine sound library project from early 70s Italy – a record that's less tripped out than its predecessors, and instead has this great style that's heavy on bossa elements and funky jazz! The vibe's a bit like the ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Braen's Machine —
Underground ... CD Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
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Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Cabildo's Three —
Yuxtaposicion ... CD Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ...
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Very very very cool stuff from Italy in the 70's. This tight little combo featuring Fender Rhodes, electric bass, and congas lays down some super tight grooves with a very deep, very funky, very laid back feel. Originally intended for soundtrack use in TV and commercials, this disc has finally ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gianni Cazzola Trio —
Abstraction ... CD Schema/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy ...
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One of the more obscure reissues to come out on the great Rearward imprint – but an excellent lost session of piano jazz, recorded in Milan in 1969! Pianist Oscar Rocchi has a sweet soulful approach to the piano, with a tone that's almost slightly funky at times – partly in reflection ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Beautiful bossa from Rosalia De Souza – and a set that's got a sweet little difference from some of her earlier Schema albums! This time around, the sound is warmly acoustic throughout – very jazz-based, and wrapped around Rosalia's vocals wonderfully – sometimes with a groove ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Way way more than just a remix album – as you'd expect from the mighty forces of Nicola Conte and his Schema label! The core inspiration for the set is Rosalia's sweet bossa debut Garota Moderna – but many of the tracks are presented here in whole new versions – either re-performe ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Get ready to fall in love with a new bossa singer! The lovely Rosalia De Souza is a sweet-voiced vocalist with a sound that's very much in keeping with classic 60s work from Brazil – and she's got the added benefit of working here with new arrangements from the great Nicola Conte, the ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Maybe the hippest album we've ever heard from The Dining Rooms – something we probably could have guessed from their evocation of Sun Ra in the title! And while that title seems a bit obtuse – maybe even a joke – the music here is right on the money, and some of the most serious, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The best album to date from The Dining Rooms! We're not sure what the group mean by "ambient soul" – because it's not really that ambient (although it is pretty darn soulful) – but we do really love the way that the record sounds, and we applaud the group for working here in ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Carl Drevo & The Clarke Boland Big Band —
Swing Waltz Swing ... CD Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy ...
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One of the coolest projects ever to come from the Clarke Boland Big Band scene of the 60s – an album done under the leadership of Austrian tenor player Carl Drewo, but one that features all of his bandmates from the better-known big band! The set's wonderfully swinging throughout – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent album of groovy jazz from the European scene of the mid 60s – and one that pairs the talents of the great (and nearly forgotten) Austrian tenor player Karl Drewo with the groovy small band of the legendary pianist Francy Boland! Although he hails from Vienna, Drewo's tone is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Antonio Figura New York Trio —
Strong Place ... CD Rearward/Schema (Italy), 2010. New Copy ...
Italian jazz piano player Antonia Fugura with his New York Trio – a strong, yet tender affair recorded on a trio of dates in Brooklyn – a fresh, timeless set for Rearward/Schema! The trio features drummer Kendrick Scott and Vicente Archer on the double bass – and it feels like ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Remixes and rare tracks from the mighty Gerardo Frisina – easily our second favorite Italian groover next to the mighty Nicola Conte! The set's a great counterpart to some of Frisina's other full albums on Schema – because it not only presents a few previously unreleased tracks, it ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A wonderful idea for a record – a project that offers up new recordings of older Italian jazz soundtrack themes – a perfect set to bridge both aspects of the mighty Schema label! The group's led by altoist Rosario Giuliani – a player with a really classic ear, and a great choice ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the rarest Johnny Griffin albums ever – a set recorded as a side project when Griff was working with the Clarke Boland Big Band – in a lineup that features some of the best members from that great ensemble! The style's a bit more laidback and soulful than other CBBB projects ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Group (Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza) —
Feed-Back ... CD RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the best records ever from the Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an obscure side project of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers – working here in a freaky, psychedelic setting! The album mixes sonic experiments with fuzzy guitars, freaky keyboards, and some ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Beautiful trio material from Italian pianist Enrico Intra – a player with a great sense of rhythm, and a nice sharp edge in his music! Intra's piano is quite modern at times, although never in ways that are too out or academic – always coming back to the inside for some warmer notes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning work from Lesiman – easily one of the coolest, funkiest talents on the Italian sound library scene of the 70s! The groove here is electric, funky, and often slightly trippy – with perfect use of electric bass to get things going in so many different ways, depending on the mood ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A wonderfully sensitive record from Italian piano legend Guido Manusardi – a record that still has a swing at all the right moments, but which also has these darker currents we especially love! The trio here really seems to follow Guido's lead – and sometimes the pianist is working ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gianni Oddi —
Style ... CD RCA/Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy ...
Sweet keyboards galore – a wonderful sound library set from the Italian scene of the 70s – filled with Fender Rhodes throughout! The tunes are a mix of funky and mellower numbers – but all sport these really great keyboard lines up top – always rhythmic, even when moving ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A 60s album recorded in Italy – but with a groove that's midway between Memphis and the mod sounds of the London scene – thanks to a heavy dose of Hammond and horns! The tunes are all instrumental, and leap right into the fray with these romping rhythms that often snap along in the ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
The best work yet from Alex Puddu – the musician who explored the world of 70s porno on previous records for Schema, and who steps out here with an even more classic groove! The great Joe Bataan is in the group on vocals – adding in this old school New York element that really makes ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
One of the first straight jazz albums we've heard on Schema Records in years – and a great one! The album follows the rich tradition of older jazz referenced by the label's newer work – a soulful sound that recalls the glory days of the Italian jazz scene of the 70s, when both American ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A solid jazzy groover from Quintetto Lo Greco – a straight ahead acoustic combo on the mighty Schema label – and one who really have their roots in a classic 60s Italian sound! The combo's led by drummer Gianni Lo Greco and bassist Enzo Lo Greco – and it features sublime ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Quintetto Lo Greco —
Snap Count ... CD Schema (Italy), 2006. New Copy ...
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A brilliant all-jazz set from brothers Enzo and Gianni Lo Greco – better known for their work as Soulstance, but grooving here in an all-acoustic session with plenty of classic touches! The Lo Greco brothers have really pulled out their love of classic Blue Note and Prestige jazz from the ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Alessandro Scala Groovology with Flavio Boltro —
Groove Island ... CD Schema (Italy), 2015. New Copy ...
An island of groove from reedman Alessandro Scala – a player who mostly leads a core trio on the set, but also gets help on half the record from trumpeter Flavio Boltro! We're well-known for our love of Boltro – so we'll just take that as a given – and instead focus on the tight ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great jazzy grooves from this hip Italian combo – a late 90s precursor to the current club jazz scene! The group's got a classic Blue Note sound – mixing up soul jazz and modal grooves with some very tight playing and a strong commitment to a classic sound. The horn players are all ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Beautiful bossa work from the up-and-coming Toco – a session recorded in Rio with production by S-Tone, and featuring some wonderful acoustic guitar from the legendary Roberto Menescal! Menescal's presence here really helps give the record a classic grounding – a sense of depth and ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the best of the Schema/Rearward reissues of lost Italian jazz – and a sparkling session that features the work of a young Gato Barbieri, plus trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, pianist Franco D'Andrea, and bassist Giovanni Tommaso. Drummer Franco Tonani leads the session – but the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very cool, very groovy soundtrack from this Italian film about satanic ritual and demonic possession! The great Piero Umiliani serves up a wide-ranging batch of tracks, from breezy vocal pop numbers (with vocals by Shirley Hammer), to spooky funk instrumentals with a sort of "haunted ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
We're not entirely sure what "fischiando" means, but we can definitely testify that the album lives up to the "beat" in its title – those kind of groovy, mod tunes we love so much in Italian 60s soundtracks from the great Piero Umiliani! This set's even more obscure than ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Sweetly funky and very slinky – this is one of the best early 70s scores by the great Italian composer Piero Umiliani! The record has lots of bubbling electric piano, rumbling electric basslines, warm acoustic percussion, and moody wordless vocals. At some level, the album sounds a lot like ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the coolest Italian soundtracks we've heard in a long time – a wonderful set of tunes that moves from slinky, to easy, to groovy, and beyond! The tunes start out bubbling very spare and slow – with floating piano, moog, and other nice bits – and as the record progresses, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Piero Umiliani —
Psichedelica ... CD Schema (Italy), New Copy ...
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A wonderfully weird record from Italian soundtrack maestro Piero Umiliani – one of his rare electronic albums cut for the sound library scene, and one of his best as well! The style here isn't just electronic for electronic music's sake – but instead really tries to find these warmer, ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Valdambrini-Piana Quintet —
Afrodite ... CD Vedette/Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1977. New Copy ...
A beautiful 70s session from Italian jazz legends Dino Piana and Oscar Valdambrini – the latter of whom is best known for his cooking 60s sets in the Basso-Valdambrini combo, but who sounds quite different here! Given that Piana plays trombone and Valdambrini plays trumpet, there's a nicely ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare bit of modern jazz from Italy – featuring a group led by soprano/tenor sax player Eraldo Volante, and featuring trumpet, trombone, drums, and a piano-less double-bass rhythm team that gives the record a really unique sound! At some level, the feeling of the material is like ESP avant ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare treasure from the early 60s Italian jazz scene – one of the earlier albums we've heard from tenor sax player Eraldo Volonte, even though he'd been active in the Italy's jazz landscape for a number of years by this point – and it's really beautiful stuff! A veteran of the Italian ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hell of a singer, working here with some wonderful grooves from Timo Lassy – an artist we've really loved for his own jazzy projects in the past! Joyce Elaine Yuille has this style that's very classic, and very groovy – jazz-based, with a nice rasp in her voice that really brings out ... (Vocalists) read moreCD