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Best of 2021

Piero Umiliani

L'Uomo e la Città / Polinesia / Pianofender Blues (3CD in bundle)

Following on the back of their recent reissues of the Italian library music giant Piero Umiliani's 'Continente Nero' and 'Africa', Dialogo returns with three brand new entries in their Piero Umiliani Legacy Series, stunning reissues of the composer's mid '70s, highly sought-after LPs, 'L'Uomo e la Città', 'Polinesia' and 'Pianofender Blues'.

This bundle includes the latest three volumes in the new Piero Umiliani Legacy Series, namely the following:

Piero Umiliani "L'Uomo e la Città" (1976, CD)
Piero Umilani "Polinesia" (1975, CD)
Rovi (Piero Umilani) "Pianofender Blues" (1975, CD)

Piero Umiliani "L'Uomo e la Città" (1976, CD)

**CD edition, remastered from the original analogue master tapes.** In the intricate panorama of Italian library music, the themes of city, factories, metropolis, work, urbanization and technology have always been among the most fascinating (and used), relying on dozens of fundamental records by composers such as Alessandro Alessandroni, Farlocco, Gerardo Iacoucci, A.R. Luciani, Narassa and many others. The attempt to provide a plausible soundtrack to a continuously and rapidly ever-changing world, especially in the hectic seventies, has often produced masterpieces that combined avant-garde techniques with sounds, risky experimentation with easy-listening songs, the traffic chaos and assembly lines with the silence of the night, the end of the work shift with Sunday’s rest.

Piero Umiliani’s L’Uomo e la Città perfectly fits into this rich and varied field, an album where our Man is accompanied by a jazz musicians sublime parade that includes celebrities like Bruno Tommaso, Oscar Valdambrini, Dino Piana and Nino Rapicavoli, here delivering the most of a sound that is highly based on the richness of the wind instruments and on the rhythm of the Umiliani-led ensemble.

L’Uomo e la Città is a less risky effort when compared to other releases by Piero Umiliani, but that’s in favor of an extraordinary jazz tightness (Rete Urbana, Quartieri Alti, Città Frenetica), but the wish to amaze appears when least expected in the two excellent renditions of Centrali Termiche and Suoni della Città, among the best tracks of the album. (Stefano Gilardino)

Piero Umilani "Polinesia" (1975, CD)

**CD edition, remastered from the original analogue master tapes.** Piero Umiliani was capable of traveling not only in a physical sense but also with a long series of geographical-themed albums that have always been among his best productions, and his interests weren’t just limited to distant Africa, to its percussive sounds and unexplored territories - especially with the Africa and Continente Nero releases. In his vast and complex discography - including works recorded in his own name, in solo with groups and orchestras, but also under aliases such as RoviM. ZallaThe Soundwork ShoppersMoggiCatamo - there are excellent space-time excursions such as Genti e Paesi del MondoPaesi BalcaniciIl Mondo dei RomaniStoria e PreistoriaMedioevo & RinascimentoPanorami Italiani and Paesaggi, where the musician could free an unstoppable creative vein that combined an artistic path intimately bound to Italy and to its traditions with the world’s sounds (and even more, given the cosmic ventures of Tra Scienza e Fantascienza and L’Uomo nello Spazio).

Among his most adventurous efforts, Polinesia deserves a special mention, since it was fully recorded with glowing percussion and exotic suggestions that remind of Martin Denny, bringing to mind sunny white beaches, Oceania and the famous Bora Bora, defined by the well-known Italian writer and documentary maker Folco Quilici as the most beautiful island in the world. Prepare a colorful cocktail and enjoy the full moon, you already have the perfect soundtrack for that... (Stefano Gilardino)

Rovi (Piero Umilani) "Pianofender Blues" (1975, CD)

**CD edition, remastered from the original analogue master tapes.** “Music with a modern but discreet sound”. This is how Piero Umiliani himself described the content of Pianofender Blues, entirely recorded with the aid of two electric pianos (Fender, of course, and Wurlitzer), bass, piano, drums and percussion; yet another curious foray of the Florentine artist, here exploring territories different than his usual jazz, soundtracks and avant-garde experimentations.

Pianofender Blues is quite honest right from its title, and the melancholy of the sound produced by the world-famous American keyboard goes well with a much lighter repertoire that we could call, by using a vaguely old-fashioned locution, ‘easy listening’; an album that can be easily placed within Umiliani’s ‘less challenging’ production, together with other titles such as AtmospheresFischiando in Beat or Motivi Allegri e Distensivi, that testify their author’s versatility.

Originally released in 1975 under the name RoviPianofender Blues combines excellent instrumental technique with a sound inevitably born of those years, and enriches Umiliani’s long series of sonorizations - the so-called ‘music libraries’ - that have made him famous as much as his efforts within the jazz and soundtrack fields. (Stefano Gilardino)

Cat. number: DIACD917 / DIACD919 / DIACD921
Year: 2021

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LP | €26.90
Paesaggi (LP)
LP | €25.90
Il Corpo (LP + CD)
LP + CD | €21.90
CD | €16.00
L'Uomo Elettronico
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To-day's Sound (2LP)
LP x 2 | €27.90
Playtime (LP)
LP | €27.90
Orgasmo - Paranoia
CD | €16.50
Paesaggi (LP, Limited Edition)
LP, Limited Edition | €29.90
Polinesia (LP)
LP | €24.90
L'Uomo e la Città
CD | €16.00

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