AMC 005
Format: CD - Digipack 6 pages
Release date: 30.09.2016
Genre: Jazz

The summer of love? It was perfect . . . for two weeks.”
So said Paul Kantner, who together with Jefferson Airplane was one of the bards of the period. Of that 'state of mind' not much remains: a handful of songs, some TV spots, the stripped walls of Haight-Ashbury's Victorian houses where bloomed San Francisco's exotic, acid-fuelled culture. But now, after fifty years, here and there in the Western world there are signs of a revival.
It won't be easy to recreate Allen Ginsberg's 'flower-power', with its ideals of non-violence and counter-culture, at a moment in history dominated by social media and X-Factor. What is sure, however, is that the music of that period, with its rule of not having rules, continues to influence those who want to keep on dreaming, shunning stereotypes and superficial trends. So if we need to label Paolo Achenza and his band's new album, 'Branches', we must recall the ideal of shared musical meaning, something that goes beyond the simple rehearsal of superficial aesthetic attitudes and recreates a sense of mutual involvement. Some may think that the funk of this album has no connection with the sound of the sixties, forgetting that on December 20, 1966, Otis Redding enchanted the young hippies of Fillmore with his voice. What is important for Paolo Achenza is the spirit of those years; the poetry of Richard Sinclair's voice (Caravan, Hatfield And The North) in the title track and the sitar of Francesco Walsh in Solar Whip are evidence in sound of what we want to express. The rest of the album is pure energy. Listening is believing!

Paolo Achenza 4 - Branches

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  • 1 Solar Whip 6:25
    2 Branches 5:55
    3 Settimo Continente 5:10
    4 Kinky Habits 5:41
    5 Burning Point 4:24
    6 Achenzology 4:12
    7 In The Name Of What 5:07
    8 Varsavia 6:18
    9 One For Little P (Album Version) 3:57

    Total Time: 47:09


    All music by Paolo Achenza
    Recorded winter 2016 at A.MA Studio
    Sound Engineer Tullio Ciriello, Master Nico de Cesare


    Produced by Paolo Achenza, Tullio Ciriello, Antonio Martino
    Executive Producer: Antonio Martino
    Paolo Achenza Electric Piano
    Enzo Bacco Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Flute
    Umberto Calentini Double Bass & Electric Bass Vito Cascella Percussions
    Roberto Lagattolla Drums


    Richard Sinclair Voice on Branches
    Nikaleo Voice on In The Name Of What
    Alberto Parmegiani Guitar on Varsavia, Achenzology & Kinky Habits
    Vito Scavo Trombone on 7°Continente, Kinky Habits Burning Point, Achenzology, In The Name Of What & Varsavia
    Donny Balice Trumpet on 7°Continente, Kinky Habits Burning Point, Achenzology, In The Name Of What & Varsavia Francesco Walsh Sitar on Solar Whip
    Words on Branches & In The Name Of What by Antonio Martino
    Nikaleo appears courtesy of Love University Records

    p+c 2016 A.MA Edizioni

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