Album Spotlight: Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti – The Seventies (1969-1998) (Reissue 2013)

Musica per commenti sonori - The Seventies (1998)

Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies (1998)

In 1998, Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies an album composed and performed by Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi was released on CD by Italy’s Costanza Records. Also produced by Torossi, the album was reissued in 2013 as a download by Deneb Records/Flippermusic under the title Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s, 1970s, Easy Listening, retaining the original order of the 24 tracks but changing about half of the titles.

Listen to Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi’s “Sweet Beat” on YouTube:

“Sweet Beat,” the fifteenth track, first appeared on a 1969 LP by Brugnolini and Torossi released by Costanza Records, Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10005). The vinyl-only album by Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi is also the source of “Interrupted,” “Starter,” “Makkaresh,” and “Fast Train,” which appeared on both the 1998 and 2013 albums.

Musica per commenti sonori (1969) (CO 1004)

Musica per commenti sonori (1969) (CO 1004)

Another ten of the tracks from the 1998 CD and 2013 download initially appeared on another Costanza Records’ LP from 1969 called Musica per commenti sonori (CO 1004), this one by Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi. Compositions include “Very Nice,” “Mucho gusto,” “Tornante,” “Dizzyland,” “A presto,” “A Pietroburgo nel 23,” “Sostenutino,” and “Con fiducia.”

Vito Tommaso (photo from Lucca Jazz Donna 2010)

Vito Tommaso (photo from Lucca Jazz Donna 2010)

Their 1969 album also includes two additional songs as well as three alternate versions not included in the two later releases. Disregard the LP credits as each track is a collaboration between Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi–legal requirements at the time forced each artist to take credit for one side only.

Listen to two compositions by Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi, the opening track, “Very Nice (II vers.)” and “E quasi domenica,” the closing song which was not included on the 1998 and 2013 versions:

The Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies CD has three Stefano Torossi solo compositions, including two versions of “1938″ aka “Silly Tune,” “Nebbia all’alba,” later renamed “Easy Does It,” and “Nostalgia,” the thirteenth track.

Stefano Torossi in 2011

Stefano Torossi in 2011

Watch a video by Beatrice Bottini for “Nostalgia,” christened “Lazy Afternoon” on the Deneb Records’ reissue:

In the late 1960s, besides recording Musica per commenti sonori with Stefano Torossi, Vito Tommaso released a self-titled album on RCA featuring his brother Giovanni on bass, Franco Mondini on drums, Maurizio De Angelis on guitar, Francesco Battimelli on flute, and Tommaso on piano. At least three of the album cuts have been uploaded to the Internet.

Vito Tommaso’s “I giovani d’oggi” is here:

Another track, “Lo svanito” from the 1970 RCA album Ballabili 1, which features Vito Tommaso and Quartetto Di Lucca, is also on YouTube:

Sandro Brugnolini extensive recording career includes original albums and compilations like the 2010 Flipper Psychout: Original Italian Library Music From The Vaults Of Flipper compilation.

Sandro Brugnolini (photo from Discogs.com)

Sandro Brugnolini in the late 1960s-early 1970s (photo from Discogs.com)

Listen to two of Brugnolini’s cuts, “Orca” and “Lamantino”:

And “Supermarket,” which is on the Plastic Records’ Stroboscopica, Vol. 3: 20 Jazzy Orchestral Latin Strobo Sounds From Cinematic ’70′s Filmworks (2001) compilation:

Stefano Torossi and Sandro Brugnolini have worked together on a number of projects since their first collaboration in 1969. In 1986, they composed Strumentali: Genere computermusic – homo tecnologicus for Nuovo Repertorio Editoriale.

Strumentali: Genere computermusic homo tecnologicus (1986)

Strumentali: Genere computermusic homo tecnologicus (1986)

In 1997 their compositions appeared on Musica per commenti sonori: Acoustic (I Marc Quattro oggi – suoni acustici degli anni ’60-’70) by Costanza Records, featuring Antonello Vannucchi on piano and organ, Silvano Chimenti on guitar, Alfredo Paixao on double bass, and Beppe Basile on drums.

Musica per commenti sonori: Acoustic (I Marc Quattro oggi - suoni acustici degli anni '60-'70) (1997)

Musica per commenti sonori: Acoustic (I Marc Quattro oggi – suoni acustici degli anni ’60-’70) (1997)

Listen to “Dottor Jazz,” the opening track of the Torossi-produced album that includes nineteen Brugnolini-Torossi compositions:

Around 2008, Brugnolini and Torossi both appeared on Kaleidoscope and Children’s World. Torossi also served as the producer of Brugnolini’s tracks on several compilations including 1991′s Strumentali: Vita d’oggi, 1993′s Commenti musicali: Musica d’epoca – prehistoria e storia antica, and one track on 1999′s Musica per commenti sonori: Check Up. Of course, the two famed composers joined Giancarlo Gazzani and Puccio Roelens on Feelings, a 1974 original album that is one of the giants of the library music genre–and now available as a download from iTunes USA.

Jay Richford and Gary Stevan - Feelings (2012) reissue Golden Pavilion Records [Portugal] (GP1017LP)

Feelings (1974) (Reissue 2012)

A video LP featuring nine tracks from Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies is on YouTube:

Alternatively, the entire Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s, 1970s, Easy Listening album can be heard in WAV or MP3 format at UBM Media.

Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock (2013)

Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s, 1970s, Easy Listening (2013)

In addition, one of Sandro Brugnolini’s finest albums, 1970′s Overground has been uploaded to YouTube. Reissued as a limited release LP in 2008 and deluxe slip-case CD in 2009, it is now one of several albums, along with sister album Underground, available as a download from iTunes USA and as both a CD and download from Amazon USA: