Sunday 29 October 2017
Nova - Wings Of Love (1977)
The third album from this Italian band.
The band was a quintet with a lineup of guitars, glockenspiel, triangle, percussion, keyboards, bass, drums, saxophones, flute, clavinet, organ, mini-moog and vocals.
This band was one of the many Italian fusion/jazz bands in the 1970s. This scene was almost as big as the Italian symphonic prog (RPI) scene.
I have reviewed their first two albums and intend to review their final album too. Yes, the band released four albums before they disbanded. You can read my reviews somewhere else in this blog.
Nova was never really one of the most jazzy of the fusion bands. Their previous album Vimana from 1976 had a lot of Latin-America rhythms. A good reference is Santana.
Their first album, the 1975 album Nova had a lot of hard rock influences too.
It has to be said that the band did not rest on their laurels....... or music style. Three albums in and we get a new take on fusion from the band. This time with a lot of funk and a lot of Latin-American and Italian pop music too. OK, this album is not many miles away from Vimana. But it still feels different indeed.
There is a lot of vocals here mixed with some funk and fusion. The pop music is not particular good. But it is OK. The fusion is very good and the funk is passable. The flute adds some xtra folk music too and a bit Focus like progressive rock.
This is actually a good three quarters of an hour long album from an underrated band. There is a lot of good stuff here and that warrant a good rating. Check it out.