Friday 20 October 2017
Napoli Centrale - 'Nagazzate Nire (1994)
The fifth album from this Italian band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of saxophone, bass, keyboards, drums and Italian vocals.
This album was self-released and did not get much distribution.
The band has come a long way from being very Area influenced band on their first two albums to this album......
This album is something entirely different from their Area influenced days. Take a big chunk of the Ghana/London band Osibisa and add some Italian pop, samba, reggae and a considerable amount of jazz. That is what this album is.
There is a lot of vocals here. The music is pretty much mid-tempo with a lot of African mid-tempo rhythms and some Latin-American jazz, samba and reggae.
The music is not that interesting. The vocals is not good at all and some parts of this album reeks of cheap & nasty choices. That mostly goes for the saxophone. The 1980s and the 1990s in a nutshell, in other words.
The end result is a forty minutes long album which has it's moments. But not many enough. I think I will bypass their sixth and final album.