Review Erik Neuteboom
One of the first Classic Italian Prog LP’s I ever bought was an expensive import album, the vintage keyboard
drenched Opera Prima by Rustichelli & Bordini (from 1973), with that iconic cover, a naked bald and heavy weight man holding a baby in his arms. Well, I was very curious when I noticed that drummer Carlo Bordini had made a new album, with keyboard player
Gianluca De Rossi (know from Tapobran and Cherry Five), so from Rustichelli & Bordini to De Rossi & Bordini, funny. Band info. “The two met in 2007 and formed the duo De Rossi & Bordini in order to participate in Dante Alighieri's Divine
Comedy tribute projects, promoted by Colossus Magazine and produced by Musea Records. Their purpose is to continue the path started by Paolo Rustichelli and Carlo Bordini in 1973 on their legendary Opera Prima album. This artistic cooperation has been so positive
and stimulating that, some years later, on the initiative of Black Widow Records, the band Cherry Five reformed, with the original singer Antonio Tartarini, Pino Sallusti on bass and Ludovico Piccinini on guitars. In 2015 the group recorded the new album Il
Pozzo dei Giganti, receiving positive responses both from the public and the critics. After Pino Sallusti’s death on Mar 2017, De Rossi and Bordini come back together to play live some Cherry Five, Taproban and Rustichelli e Bordini tracks, and to compose
and record a new album.”
Il Pozzo Dei Giganti (19:05) The album starts with with spoken words, then a fluent mid-tempo with fat Minimoog flights and powerful and dynamic drums beats,
it’s obvious that De Rossi & Bordini pay tribute to Rustichelli & Bordini, wonderul vintage keyboard driven Classic Italian Prog, I love it! From halfway lots of shifting moods featuring excellent interplay between Bordini his powerful and dynamic
drums and De Rossi his electric piano, clavinet, Hammond, Minimoog and Mellotron, blended with some theatrical Italian vocals. The one moment it sound a bit experimental, the other moment like Rick Wakeman solo, especially the fat Minimoog synthesizer flights
and the majestic Mellotron choir eruptions, goose bumps!
La Porta Nel Buio (18:42) First a bit experimental sounding interplay between piano and drums, then the atmosphere alternates
between dreamy with tender Grand piano, mid-tempo with swinging piano and bombastic with Hammond, Moog and Mellotron. Especially the second part is “a vintage keyboard fan’s wet dream”, what an exciting sound with a churchy Hammond organ,
sumptuous Mellotron choirs and fat Minimoog flights, blended with Moog Taurus bass pedals, awesome work on drums (from subtle hi-hats to powerful drum beats) and some vocals, very warm, in Italian. The final part features an ultra-bombastic climate with Mellotron
choirs and strong drums, then an accellaration with flashy Minimoog and dynamic drums, wow!
After these two studio epics the final two tracks are taken from Opera Prima album,
and live performed.
Natività (4:57) An abridged version. The focus is on a swinging rhythm with piano and Hammond, in between mellow with piano, it sounds pleasant and
Cammellandia (12:58) : First a dreamy piano intro, then a slow rhythm with a bombastic Hammond sound and Moog Taurus bass pedals. Halfway a drum solo, then fat Minimoog
sounds join, followed by again bombastic Hammond organ. Finally wonderful Grand piano play, from dreamy to sparkling, almost 50 years later De Rossi & Bordini did a good job by playing these Rustichelli & Bordini compositions.
If you like vintage keyboard driven Classic Italian Prog check out this album!