03. Nova Losa
06. Valle Serena
Recorded at Kaleidofon Studios, London, between January and August 1976.
Francesco Froggio Francica
Antonio [Tony/Toni] Verde was one of the three core members of the legendary Saint Just, so this "solo" album is a matter of great interest. It's not that far from Saint Just in the grand scheme, but it's basically an instrumental 70s jazz fusion album with some Latin elements and a fairly low level of intensity--no barnstormers here, but it's not saccharine or cheesy either. That was a typical progression in the experimental rock scene of the 70s: some adventurous/weird/psychedelic stuff in the late 60s and early 70s and then some jazz fusion or disco stuff in the later 70s.
The first solo by Saint Just's bassist, produced by White Noise's David Vorhaus (who also plays on it, as does Vincent Crane from Atomic Rooser.) Almost completely instrumental except for some extremely pleasant female vocals at the beginning. This is a real winner, filled with new ideas and unusual approaches to progressive fusion. It really doesn't sound like anything else. Quite upbeat and energetic, it nevertheless possesses an appealing grit, and avoids late-'70s fuzak schmaltz altogether. Flute,vibes, bass, acoustic guitar, piano, sax, and synths (sparingly used) fill up the sonic space with excellent tunes and spot-on soloing. The emphasis is on the compositions, and they're all great, varied, and not terribly "jazz"-like at all. Maybe some of the fusion-oriented Zeuhl-offshoots can provide a clue. Elastic fantastic.