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6 Mar 2017

Sinto “Right On Brother” 1972 Germany Prog Jazz Rock

Sinto  “Right On Brother” 1972 Germany  Prog Jazz Rock
Ultra rare and great first album by Sinto! Fantastic music with influences from Latin, Jazz, Blues and Psychedelic Rock. Vinyl is in weak vg+ condition and has a few light scratches that cause a couple of soft clicks!..........

The first and only album of the band "Sinto" is reminiscent of Atlantis, Randy Pie and Eric Burdon's War, East Of Eden and Flock. It is funky rock music with a pinch "Kraut" and a shot "Prog". A striking feature is the excellent violinist, who takes over the part of the second lead guitarist. As can easily be seen in the list of occupations, percussion and polyphonic singing play an important role. This album has quite commercial qualities and I wonder why it did not come to my ears after its release............

Hannes Beckmann received his first violin at age six and great-grandfather had first lessons in music consistently sized family circle and later at the music school. He studied at the Dusseldorf Conservatory violin, then from 1970 to 1974 in Munich and composition law. First performances he had during his swing bands in the musical families Reinhardt and white as well as with Peter Michael Hamel's group Between. A commitment to the orchestra of the Ballet Brasiliana brought him into contact with the percussionist Charles Campbell and Pery and Edir dos Santos, with whom he founded in 1972 his group Sinto who toured successfully until 1979 in Europe and Japan, with the album "Right On Brother" (1972) and was "Sonho Negro" (1978) listen attentively..............

Those expecting kraut-rock must stop here. It's nothing but pure prog in the British tradition and in fact there's almost no "Germanity" on this album, it could have been easily recorded in UK around the same time (1974).

Sinto's complex prog is wonderfully diluted by some funky elements - that can probably make this album appealing for both prog- and mainstream rock fans.

Instrumentation is very rich including not only guitar (Alfred Jones produces some blistering solos throughout the album) and keyboards (funky piano of Peter Holzwig is superb!), but also violin, which plays a prominent part in the whole mix.

Plus, here is a special guy who plays on different congas, bongos and other percussive instruments and his inclusion makes the rhythm-section more versatile.

All the tracks are song-oriented, but this shouldn't repulse you. Vocalist is no Demetrio Stratos, but he does a nice job and it seems that there is no accent in his pronunciation (which is characteristic of many German vocalists daring to sing in English).

Despite the simple structure of most of the tracks (the closing "Another Voice" is the only exception), they are quite unusual harmonically so that they can be labeled progressive rock by all means.

The musicianship is of the highest class and the interplays between guitar and violin are simply great.

Here are some up-tempo rocking songs with obvious funky stylings (opening title-track, "In My Times", 'Don't Wait") and some sad and extremely beautiful ballads ("Rome").

Closing "Another Voice" reminds me of Sinto's compatriots from Pell Mell - the same dark piano riff and violin extravaganza on the top.

Overall, this is a wonderful album. Due to the skillful combination of catchy funky parts and complex instrumental showoffs it can surely please both prog bigots and mainstream rock lovers.

To be honest, I'm pretty surprised this album is fairly obscure, since it seems consciously made for satisfying the wide audience.

Anyway, I highly recommend everyone to check it out.

Line-up / Musicians
- Hannes Beckmann / amplified violin, acoustic bass, percussion, vocals
- Cotch Black / congas, lead percussion, laughter and vocals
- Abu Dram / drums, percussion, vocals
- Ralph Fischer / bass, percussion, vocals
- Peter Holzwig / piano, organ, marimbaphone, percussion, vocals
- Alfred Jones / guitar, percussion, vocals

1 Right On Brother
2 Rome
3 Things I See
4 In My Times
5 Don't Wait
6 Everytime
7 Another Voice

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