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9 Feb 2017

Duello Madre ‎ “Duello Madre” 1973 Italy Prog Jazz Rock


Duello Madre ‎ “Duello Madre” 1973 Italy Prog Jazz  Rock

After Zoccheddu’s and Callero’s excellent complex heavy progressive rock of their previous group Osage Tribe, they settled for a more jazzy direction reminiscent of the Canterbury-sound (with Callero and Trentin mirroring the roles of Hugh Hopper and Elton Dean). Lo Previte (previously of Circus 2000) had by now developed a dense and busy percussion style similar to Francesco Froggio Francica (of Raccomandata R. R.) Despite composing most of the material, Zoccheddu kept a surprisingly low musical profile on many tracks. The highlights on the album are the two long tracks on side two - “Madre” (10:30) and “Duello” (7:59) - which sometimes almost fused John McLaughlin with Soft Machine. Quite a good album, this is recommended if you like the artists mentioned. Callero later played in two less interesting groups - Il Volo and Nova…..~


“Like Cincinnato, even Duello Madre, from Genova, only released a jazz-oriented album with just a single vocal track (probably the most convincing one on the LP), issued in 1973 on Produttori Associati. In the line-up Marco Zoccheddu from Nuova Idea and Osage Tribe, Bob Callero also from Osage Tribe and drummer Dede Lo Previte from Circus 2000, along with sax and flute player Pippo Trentin, and the great musicianship of the four-piece is evident throughout the album……~ 


DUELLO MADRE was an Italian group that released one album in the seventies. The group consisted of Pippo Trentin (saxophone, flauta), Marco Zoccheddu (electric & acoustic guitar), Bob Callero (bass) and Dede Lo Previte (drums). Many of the band members have been in other Italian groups. Zoccheddu has also been a member of NUOVA IDEA and OSAGE TRIBE, Callero a member of OSAGE TRIBE and IL VOLO, and Lo Previte a member of CIRCUS 2000 and NOVA. 
The only album, simply titled “Duello Madre”, was released in 1973. It is a jazz oriented, mostly instrumental album. Only the first track includes some minimal vocals. The musicianship in this album is good and it occasionally results in jamming like playing. Nice saxophone playing by Pippo Trentin is most notable. The rhythm section deserves a mention too. 
DUELLO MADRE should please fans of jazz-rock, also fans of the English jazz-rock scene. …. ~


One of the better jazz-rock groups to come out of Italy, Duello Madre was comprised of bass stalwart Bob Callero and a band of misfit accompanists: Drummer Dede Lo Previte came from Circus 2000 and the talented guitarist Martin Zoccheddu from Nuova Idea. Callero and Zocchedu were also in Osage Tribe together, and likewise Dede Lo Previte in Circus 2000 with woodwind player Prippo Trentin. This familiarity shows, as Duello Madre craft a tight and lean fusion offering from 1973. While maybe not as highly regarded as Arti e Mestieri and Area, Duello Madre is just good enough to recommend without reservation; all fans of Jazz Rock and Fusion will delight in its terse economy - not a note is played that doesn't need to be played. This quality also prevents it from becoming a masterpiece of the genre, but three stars doesn't seem right either. 
The album begins deceptively with "Aquile Blu," the only vocal track. A mysterious intro not unlike E.A. Poe segues to the vocal passage, which picks up again at the coda. In between, Callero puts down a thick and dirty repeating bass line, almost with reckless abandon until the entire band stops on a dime. Despite the lack of live activity, it is clear Duello Madre had some symbiotic, extrasensory musicianship going on; the arrangement is focused, yet has an improvised quality few bands are able to achieve. My favorite track "Momento" showcases this perfectly, as again Callero sets the tone and everyone else just follows effortlessly. Zoccheddu is a chameleon. His guitar playing reminds me a lot of Corrado Rustici's in its fluidity, but with the formal restraint of Steve Cropper. One minute you hear a smooth Wes Montgomery lick, and a freewheeling Joe Walsh the next. Zoccheddu is a treat and one of the primary reasons to seek out the album. 

"Otto" is where things start to set into a groove and stagnate a bit. The album isn't necessarily stale, but does not reward the attentive, critical listener. Duello Madre is a good album to have on while life happens in the background. Its floaty, repetitive nature allows the audience to daydream a bit which I appreciate at times. That being said, "Madre" is the longest and most demanding of all compositions herein. This one will force your ears to perk up and take notice. Elements of Zappa's '72 group can be heard, and even slight Canterbury influences start to creep in. The ensemble work here is a joy to behold, and jazz nuts will find a lot to like. This penultimate track ends softly, and the dissonant "Duello" ends the disc. "Duello" sounds like a cross between a King Crimson instrumental and Mahavishnu Orchestra, yet far less obtrusive than either. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fantastic album cover....by coasterzombie...~


If the music that this band did as a result is considered, an experimental attempt of the element and one of Jazz Rock that they think about as a certain kind of chemical reaction might be included. 
The part of the projection that often happened in the flow of the music fluidly repeated as the first half of the 70's various bands' in Italy being taking an active part and at that time exhausted good music and the band. Set that is called Duello Madre. Or, if the time that is called 1973 is considered, the music character that Duello Madre that contained the part of the set that should be called a unit did might be able to be caught as a street point with the flow mainly composed of one Jazz Rock exactly. 
To make the music character and the attempt an embodiment in Genova of Italy, Duello Madre might surely have contained one establishment and directionality. It would have been a result of groping and directionality by the member of the band. 
One peculiar existence in the band in all existing Italy in this album in the 70's exactly though this band disappeared naturally after announcing only one album. the Music character to be able to listenEspecially, it might be one result of catching Jazz Rock from the angle besides the band with the music character mainly composed of Jazz Rock such as Dedalus and Bella Band and the expression and be a history. 
Familiar, work about Nuova Idea and Osage Tribe deep Marco Zoccheddu takes charge of the guitar and the song. Similarly, Bob Callero active with Nuova Idea takes charge of Bass. And, Dede Lo Previte known on business of Circus 2000 takes charge of the drum. And, Duello Madre that wind instrument player's Pippo Trentin joined announced this album in 1973 by Produttori Associati that exhausted Maxophone. 
However, a natural collapse was done through necessity as for the activity of the member of the band because it contributed to the participation of the character and the all directions band without staying in this band as a result. Bob Callero is known well as a shift to Il Volo. Dede Lo Previte also participated in Nova after the activity of this band. There might be a part where the music character that contains various elements further is had both from the part caught as simple Jazz Rock as a music character that they think about though Duello Madre left only this album as a result. The element of Jazz that Italy digested might be exactly expressed well with the culture. 

The song that occurs from the start with a fantastic flow good atmosphere of Prog Rock of Italy twines round "Aquile Blu". If the age is considered, the atmosphere of the performance and the song might be reminiscent of the atmosphere such as Dedalus and Bella Band. The band produces Jazz Rock in union. The line where Bass is especially good pulls the tune. Solo of Sax might also contribute to the tune well. A part advanced as the parts of a few Spacey are created is splendid. The tension continues. 

"Momento" might be reminiscent of elements of a few Canterbury. The production of a melody that Sax continues and an aggressive guitar produces a good tension. Fantasy and anacatesthesia of acoustic guitar that flows quietly. Or, the melody of the flute to get on the flow. It is likely to listen to the width of the band that doesn't fight only by power and the technology. The composition accompanies the progress of Chord the dash feeling is gradually regained and with the tension. 

The line of Bass pulls the tune to "Otto". Rhythm that produces rhythm of eight complexly. Sax in close relation to the line. Contribution of percussion instrument by Mario Lamberti that participates by guest. The element that looks like a few Miles Davis is reminiscent, too. Sound of decoration in close relation to line of steady Bass. Atmosphere continues. 

"Madre" starts due to the explosion of a complete band. This start is perfect. The tune flows in one space while reminiscent of the element of Soft Machine. The keyboard of Gian Piero Reverberi in which it participates by the guest also contributes to the tune. It advances while continuing a good anacatesthesia. One cosmogony flows quietly. The composition in which the Spacey part is produced might be offering the width of the music character of this band. The performance of Soft Machine at middle term and latter term is reminiscent. However, the originality of the band appears. 

The rhythm with a rhythm of fast 6 is from a line of Bass with the tension to the feature in "Duello". The sound of a obbligati of Sax and a heavy guitar produces good atmosphere. Ensemble that the band produces in union exactly continues a good tension. The performance of the band explodes as a complex melody twining. Part of shift to heavy melody. And, the dash feeling that appears again. The flow with a music character original though Jazz Rock is assumed to be a subject produces good atmosphere. 
The music character that this band had tried as a page of one music might have been expressed as a good chemical reaction....by Kazuhiro ....~


DUELLO MADRE may have released only one album (1973) but they were seasoned musicians at this point in their careers, with the guitarist and bass player coming from OSAGE TRIBE and the drummer from CIRCUS 2000. There is also a sax / flute player (who along with the guitarist wrote all the songs) and some guest keyboards on this album. I should mention that after this band broke up the bass player would go on to play with IL VOLO while the drummer would play with NOVA. I have to say upfront that i'm addicted to this album and I have to thank Todd for the recommendation.There's something understated about this record yet at the same time it brings me so much excitement. A contridiction in terms I know but this is truly a delicate feast for the ears, a recording that needs to be listened to closely to be fully appreciated. This really grew on me. 
"Aquile Blu" is spacey, almost haunting to open before reserved vocals arrive after a minute as the sound changes. Nice bass here too. Great sound 2 minutes in as the tempo picks up. It settles again as bass throbs. Love Finnforest's line about the bass playing here: "...he likes to lay down a fat lead riff and just drive it into the sunset". So true. Sax comes in after 3 1/2 minutes and leads the way. Just incredible playing here by the whole band. Vocals are back 6 1/2 minutes to end it. "Momento" continues with the same vibe as the first track as the bass throbs while drums, sax and keys impress. A change before 2 minutes as it calms right down and returns with gentle acoustic guitar. Flute joins in and then it kicks back into gear after 4 minutes. Nice guitar ! 

"Otto" opens with drums while bass and sax follow. Intricate sounds with some great interplay here. Guitar 3 minutes in starts to make some noise as the sax retreats. The sax is back ! I really like the drumming 4 1/2 minutes in and the guitar that follows. Excellent bass 6 minutes in. "Madre" is the longest track at 10 1/2 minutes. A little flair to open before it settles with smooth sax and keys. A calm 3 minutes in as the sound changes (great section) then it kicks back in after 4 1/2 minutes. Love the guitar 7 1/2 minutes in and then the sax takes the lead but it's brief as the guitar lights it up. More sax as the battle it out. It turns pastoral 9 minutes in to the end. "Duello" is my favourite although each track is a highlight for me. I really like how dark the intro is here as it builds. It gets even darker after 3 1/2 minutes. Amazing sound ! Guitar and bass take over before 6 minutes. Nice. Drums and sax end it. Another gem for my treasure box (collection).....by Mellotron Storm ...~



Want some Italian Jazz? 
Then why dont you check out this excellent record! Maybe when we hear the sentence "Italian Jazz Rock or Fusion band" , Area, Perigeo or Deus ex Machina could be the bands that we think about, those are excellents and better known bands, but let me tell you that in the early 70´s a one-record band (sadly one of that huge amount of bands that released a record and then dissappeared) called DUELLO MADRE, released one self-titled album, showing us that Italian Jazz was alive and very prolific in that era. 

What we can listen in this album, is besides the always classic sound of RPI movement (only in some moments) a strong influence of Europeand bands, mostly British, with a superb sax playing and that magnific and sublime bass sound of Bob Callero, yes, the same who played for Il Volo, so let me point out that Duello Madre was a band whose members played in other Italian bands of the 70´s, so we cannot doubt about the quality of the musicians. 

This album features 5 songs and more than 35 minutes of excellent music, since the very first song we can notice the direction of the album, their influences and the jazz oriented style, believe me that i was caught by the sound of the bass, the guitar is also delicious. "Momento" is a very nice song, with greta bass, and suddenly a change to a softer style with acoustic guitars and flute, to then finishing with a faster passage. In the next song we will listen a repetitive bass sound during the whole song, but that doesnt matter actually that is what caught me at first, this song has a kind of free jazz experimentation and is pretty good, not the best for sure. "madre2 is the longest and the best song here, i could say the mother song, in some moments reminding me to Mahavishnu and in others a Canterburesque sound, a slow song but very progressive, drums are great and the sax superb, with some nice guitar riifs. The last song is named "Duello" and as well as the other ones, is excellent and the bass very hypnotizing. 

This album is not superb, though believe me it is excellent, another obscure gem from the 70´s scene in Italy, fans of Area or Perigeo should check this band. 
Since i like it and enjoy it so much, i will give it 4 stars, it would be an excellent addition to any prog fan....by memowakeman ...~


Finally available again, this rare Italian prog classic! Duello Madre, from Genua, only released a Soft Machine jazz-oriented album with just a single vocal track (probably the most convincing one on the LP), in 1973 on the Produttori Associati label (Maxophone). After the band split, the bass player Callero went to Il Volo, and drummer Lo Previte played in Nova. Duello Madre was a sort of superband, as it featured Marco Zoccheddu from Nuova Idea and Osage Tribe, Bob Callero - also from Osage Tribe - and drummer Dede Lo Previte from Circus 2000, along with sax and flute player Pippo Trentin. The great musicianship of the four-piece is evident throughout the album. Aquile blu, with uncredited vocals (probably by guitarist Zoccheddu) and nice sax solos is the best track, and Momento has a nice hypnotic bass pattern. 
This is italian jazz-prog at its best!! The album is available on a beautiful vinyl replica with extended liner notes and unreleased pictures....~






Members

Marco Zoccheddu - guitars 
Pippo Trentin - sax, flute 
Bob Callero - bass 
Dede Lo Previte - drums 




Tracklist 

1 Aquile Blu 6:59 
2 Momento  5:30 
3 Otto  6:00 
4 Madre 10:30 
5 Duello 7:59 

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