Saturday, 2 June 2018

Stefano Torossi “Feelings” 1986 Italy Jazz Funk Breaks,Soul-Jazz,Psych


Stefano Torossi “Feelings” 1986 Italy Jazz Funk Breaks,Soul-Jazz,Psych 
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This record by Jay Richford & Gary Steven ( aka Stefano Torossi ) has a very deserved reputation for greatness. The music could be described as cinematic funk / porn groove with lush strings and deep bass complimenting the horns and breakbeats. It was originally put out on the Conroy label before being released in Italy , Brazil and later reissued through Easy Tempo in a stunning remastered edition. Truly exceptional orchestral grooves!…music emporium….~


Feelings is considered an absolute cult inside the library music panorama. As the same Torossi recently said, the album was played only by studio musicians… the best we could find at the time, and the results show. 
The album sees the participation of Sandro Brugnolini, Giancarlo Gazzani, Puccio Roelens and Stefano Torossi, famous songwriters in the field of soundtracks and library music. 
Feelings had been released for the first time in Italy by Carosello Records, under the pseudonyms of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan, a necessary choice dictated by contractual restrictions which prevented the two real authors, Brugnolini and Torossi, to appear on other releases. This reissue, published by Schema Records, is a faithful reproduction of the original first edition. 
It still isn’t clear why, in its subsequent publications, with particular reference to Musica per commenti sonori (1986, cat. no. CO8605), this album has been released only on behalf of Torossi Stefano, who recently said: We all worked together, including Brugnolini, and consequently, we all signed together the deposit document of each selection, dividing the royalties in equal parts… That’s the story…..~


Stefano Torossi’s Feelings is one of the last great jazz instrumental albums that should be experienced on vinyl, and in glorious mono if at all possible. Many people wave off mono productions, or consider them of lesser value, when the fact is, a mono recording is an engineering marvel of production, sound, instrument placement within a room … and the fact that the sound comes at you full blown, occupying the entire listening space, and giving no quarter to stereophonic effects. 

Riding the funky groovy wave of what most know from the Superfly and “Pappa Was A Rolling Stone” outings, Feelings is an infectious vibe laden grouping of songs that finds all of the right notes, and challenges the production by vamping the orchestra in just the right manner so that the music soars in both tonally and with colour. There’s an unqualified effortless found here, one that can set you on the right foot as the day begins, or wind the day down with a shimmering cool swagger. The sound is not expansive, though having said that, it’s not locked in a box either, it’s more that the sound manifests itself in a restricted manner, moving the listening in a prescribed direction, creating an attitude that is controlled by the musicians, rather than allowing one to wander off into the either. 
Feelings is street jazz at its very finest, a welcomed adventure every time it’s topped onto your turntable…by…. R. Kesler….~


Way cool! Stefano Torossi has provided me one of my favorite albums of the year (although it was released in the mid-80s and reissued by Easy Tempo recently). 
It’s got a distinct Bernard Herrmann-taxi Driver sheen to it. Lots of reverb on the strings and dynamite, driving, 70s type percussion. 
The sound and song fall somewhere between post-mink stole and pre-Fern Bar; imagine if the ever-sturdy skill of Italian pop songcrafting had descended on Issac Hayes’ Shaft-era horn clusters, Barry White’s strings, Artie Kane’s late 60s film scoring techniques (“The Love Machine”), then all of it ladled with that snazzy, way-Uptown, ‘oh babe let’s dress up like we’re in a decadent Helmut Newton photo -will you slip on those 7 inch stilettos?’ vibe that Neely Plumb produced for the remix versions on the 1977 TAXI DRIVER soundtrack (including the groovy flugelhorns). Throw in a few guitar licks from Archie Bell and the Drells’ “Tighten Up”. Gosh, you can just visualize some mid-70s era rock star’s mistress leaping long-legged out of a limo, dashing by Tiffany’s for some last minute jewels, catching her wistful relfection in the store window, then dipping some nose candy in the leather backseat before she heads off to that new place called Studio 54, and basking in all the lush, melancholy neon draped along both sides of the streets along the way (“Aren’t the bums so tragique? I wonder if Liz will drag along that little eyesore, Truman?”) It’s such an exciting life, and it can be yours if you buy this disc!!! 
It’s all done skillfully: Herbie Hancock-swift electric keyboards, throbbing electric bass, outrageously lush strings that swoop down from heaven and spin circles around driving percussion, and horn arrangements that spit sunbeams. The title cut alone will make you long for another romantic laision - no matter how disastrous the last one may have been! 
All Easy Tempo fans of Piccioni and Umilani: this is a must-get. It’s more mid-70s than, say, Camille 2000, but it’s got the scintillating quality of Nicola Conte’s JET SOUNDS which apes and reimagines the late 60s and its leopard-print Mrs. Robinson aesthethic. Put them both on repeat play and you’ll never need Prozac again. 
Anybody know what happened to his gifted Italian guy? I sure would love to hear more..by… L. S. Slaughter…..~



Maio The Milanese Scheme has just republished, both in vinyl format and in an elegant opening digipack , one of the cult albums of the entire “library-music” genre, a genre we mentioned in the review of the reprint of “ Here and Now 1 & 2 ”(Schema, 2015) by Lesiman , that is to say" Feelings “(Carosello, 1974) signed by the phantom Jay Richford and Gary Stevan. Actually, it is a composed disc, arranged and directed by Stefano Torossi (assisted here also by Sandro Brugnolini), who already had a certain number of film series B soundtracks behind him and who in the meantime wrote arrangements for Italian groups pop (like the Camaleonti) and played in various light music orchestras. 

Torossi, despite being a good connoisseur of African-American jazz and studying bass in the US, has never actually shone as a particularly original or memorable composer. His "library-music” has several spans below that of Lesiman and, above all, of Piero Umiliani , even if he always manages not to get bogged down in a foregone and insipid musical “laid-back”, with a good taste in orchestral arrangement. 

All the first side, containing the first five compositions (from “Flying High” to “Feeling Tense”), is a discrete exercise in style that echoes all the most atmospheric and cerebral “soul music”, with a sharp wink towards the “midtempo” and funky “orchestral scores” 
On the second side there are some sparse news, as in the more rhythmic and jazzy “Running Fast” or in the dramatic theme of “Fearing Much”. Not bad even the incursion in Burt Bacharach ’s easy listening of “Being Friendly” and the psychedelic (but very rose water) melody of the concluding “Having Fun”, with a hammond organ to the Booker T. 

More than the style of Umiliani and that of Braen’s Machine, here we are closer to the soundtracks of the various “Emanuelle” by Nico Fidenco. Curiosa has remained in the imagination of the various fans the surreal cover of the album, with a beautiful girl naked and blonde (reminiscent of the young Ilona Staller) that emerges from a field full of green ferns. 
A curiosity: “Feelings” was reissued on vinyl in 1986 by Costanza Records with the title changed to “Music For Sonorous Comments” (anyway not misleading, since it is the main prerogative of the library ) and then later in 1998 by Easy Tempo with its original title, but different cover image. 
Among the recent releases of the Scheme, it is better to opt for the interesting collection of lysergic themes “Psychedelic” (Omicron, 1971) by Piero Umiliani, that yes a collection of “sonorizations” of a different caliber. ….~



Tracklist 
A1 Flying High 3:37 
A2 Walking In The Dark 4:43 
A3 Fighting For Life 3:37 
A4 Feeling Tense 4:06 
A5 Running Fast 3:55 
B1 Being Friendly 2:57 
B2 Fearing Much 3:39 
B3 Having Fun 4:00 
B4 Loving Tenderly 3:28 
B5 Going Home 2:48 

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