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Gino Marinacci

Atom Flower's (LP)

Label: Right Tempo, Mono Jazz

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

In stock

First-ever reissue of this cult and extremely rare record by one of the leading musicians and composers of Italian jazz and cinematic music. This album was recorded in 1972 in Piero Umiliani’s Sound Work Shop studio with a similar line up to the one of legendary ‘To-Day’s Sound’ album.

After graduation, Marinacci began working with the most prestigious pop music ensembles and big bands of the RAI (the Italian state broadcasting company), especially in Turin and Rome. During this intense period he focused on baritone sax, flute and bass clarinet, working with great bandleaders and conductors like Armando Trovajoli, Ennio Morricone, Franco Ferrara, Gorni Kramer, Gianni Ferrio and Piero Piccioni. In 1950 Gino moved towards jazz and became part of the group of Nunzio Rotondo, collaborating with some of the great talents of the time, such as Piero Umiliani, with whom he recorded the Piccola Suite Americana per Quattro Ance. He began to win awards for his work on baritone sax, becoming one of the leading players of that instrument on the Italian jazz scene. Also with Piero Umiliani, he recorded the soundtrack of the film ‘L’Audace Colpo dei Soliti Ignoti’, together with Chet Baker.

Carlo Fabbri: “What Gino Marinacci was offering, in my view, was absolutely innovative for Italy at the start of the 1970s. The set-up and the developments undoubtedly came from jazz: the simple head-jam-head arrangement, the mostly modal harmony and the melodic ideas all bear this out. But the sound is much lighter, and it is approached in a very different way. The beautiful themes and arrangements take on an evocative character from the particular blend of flutes doubled at different ranges, trombone, the great color added by the Fender Rhodes (which was coming to the fore in those years) and the percussion, played in an elegant, discreet way. Everything adds up to a sound with a slightly Latin flavor. [...] Hearing that sound of Marinacci’s record took me back in time: in the 1970s I was already devouring music with a passion, and the first name that comes to mind is that of Eumir Deodato, the percussionist and Rhodes pianist, in particular… though in Eumir’s music the rhythmical drive is stronger. I can point out that sometimes Gino seems to be having fun by doubling the flute sound, exaggerating the breathiness or overlaying his voice, a technique invented by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the amazing unsighted black multi-instrumentalist, a style that later became famous when it was used by certain rock groups.” - Carlo Fabbri, December 2020. 

Cat. number: n/a
Year: 2024

LP pressed on 140g black vinyl, housed in gatefold jacket with sticker on shrink wrap. Record is kept in black polylined sleeve.
Fully remastered and featuring extensive liner notes by Franco Marinacci, Carlo Fabbri, Renzo Arbore and Max De Giovanni.

Gino Marinacci: bass, alto flute, flute
Alfio Galigani: flute, bass saxophone, alto flute
Antonello Vannucchi: piano, organ, harpsichord, electric piano
Quarto Martoni: soprano and alto saxophone, flute
Livio Cervellieri and Sal Genovese: tenor saxophone, flute
Dino Piana: trombone
Angelo Baroncini and Enzo Grillini: guitar
Giovanni Tommaso and Maurizio Majorana: bass
Roberto Podio and Sergio Conti: drums, percussion
Bebo Cerbara: viola
Paolo Mezzaroma and Tino Fornai: violin
Luciano Madami: violoncello

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