L’uomo dagli occhiali a specchio is a work of compellingly cinematic 70’s jazz action from a group led by Sandro Brugnolini. Really swinging stuff, with a very strong sense of time and place that is emphasised by the amazingly old-looking cover. Only 300 copies pressed, out on Cinedelic.
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And now, because why not, jazz -- Sandro Brugnolini’s, to be exact, appears on this symphonic doozy of a record. Having made a lot of music in a multitude of styles for television and film, Brugnolini has become renowned as quite the shapeshifter: he’s traversed the smooth, forceless jazz ripe for opening credits (“sounds like the opening credits to Cheers”, remarks Kim on the first track), the dramatic orchestral mood-setters of contemporary Italian music (as in “Ingresso Nel Dramma”) and creepshow minimalism that could be called avant-garde on another day (“Preludio Al Delitto”, which yawns out bassnotes, fragments percussion and creeps around like Goblin dropping glass).
It’s the sleepy bar waltz that Brugnolini does best, and the record reaches peak beauty on “La Notte Muore”, which begins smokily, as if trapped in a late-night noir, before breaking seamlessly into a serene banquet of string swells. It’s an interesting collation of ideas, as if bringing together overture with lullaby, though the record soon settles into its next bespoke aesthetic: a hurried bassline and bopping drums played next to getaway fanfare. Brugnolini’s amalgamation of sounds proves that he’s versatile and accomplished, but it’d be great to hear his records sorted by tone, or just sorted at all -- hearing these vastly different gems disrupt each other is a strange thing indeed.
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