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Dawn, the Mahavisnhu Orchestra between jazz rock and Indian music

[Monday Notes No. 146] The Mahavishnu Orchestra of Billy Cobham and John MacLaughlin is one of the greatest jazz rock bands in history. The group draws inspiration from various musical genres, but the most original component is traditional Indian music, of which the guitarist was passionate. Let us listen to and analyse Dawn.

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Profondo rosso, how to create a horror soundtrack

[Monday Note No. 145] Profondo rosso is a famous horror film by Dario Argento, the soundtrack played by the Goblins is perhaps even more famous. Let us try to analyse it to find out how the ideal soundtrack for a horror film is composed.

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Jim Morrison, The End. The revolution is knocking at the door

[Monday’s Notes No. 143] The Doors were one of the legendary bands of the psychedelic and rock movement. A charismatic leader and soul of the band, Jim Morrison consumed his existence in a few years, both glorious and dramatic at the same time. We analyse one of the Doors’ best-known songs entitled

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Bob Marley, Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)

[Monday’s Notes No.138] For his personal history and for what he has been able to represent, Bob Marley stands alongside other rock legends such as Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Jimy Hendrix. To better understand the reggae music of which he is the most important exponent, let us analyse Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)…

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James Brown Cold Sweat, a classic Rhythm & Blues piece

[Monday’s Notes No. 122] Rhythm & Blues was a kind of response of jazz music to rock, an antidote that was produced to resist the popularity of rock. Let us listen here to a song by Rhythm & Blues’ greatest performer, James Brown, entitled Cold Sweat.

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Impressioni di settembre, Premiata Forneria Marconi PFM. Italian progressive rock

[Monday Notes no. 117] Impressioni di settembre is an amazing song by Premiata Forneria Marconi PFM, a well-known Italian rock band from the 1970s. The song has all the typical characteristics of progressive rock. Indeed, the lyrics, melody, harmony and arrangement have nothing to envy the more famous English bands.

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In A Silent Way, a Joe Zawinul piece that Miles Davis made his own

[Monday Notes no. 107] Great musicians have the ability to be inspired and stimulated by their peers. This is certainly the case with Miles Davis, who chose Joe Zawinul’s song In A Silent Way as the title for his eponymous album, a masterpiece recorded in 1969.

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Perigee, Azimuth. Between progressive rock and free jazz

[Monday Notes no. 101] Perigeo is an Italian band that was active for a short time in the mid-1970s. Azimut is the title of a song and also of the band’s first record, the piece is blended between progressive rock, psychedelic music and free jazz. Franco d’Andrea’s solo on piano makes the track even more…

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Area, Arbeit macht frei. Music and revolution

[Note di lunedì n.89] That of Area is difficult music, not easy to listen to. Desecratory music, full of political content and revolutionary intentions, the product of a time that was complicated and full of conflicts. It is not easy to listen to Arbeit macht frei without thinking about the context in which it was…

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Jimi Hendrix, Hey Joe. Rock star excesses and great music

[Monday Notes no. 40] Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at the 1967 Monterey festival has become legendary. While playing Hey Joe, the guitarist has a physical, almost carnal relationship with his instrument, playing with the guitar behind his head and even with his teeth.

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