Album Spotlight: Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s Commenti musicali: Microtecnologia – Tecnologia e Computer (1992)

Amedeo Tommasi - Commenti Musicali: Tecnologia E Computer (1992)

Amedeo Tommasi – Commenti musicali: Tecnologia e Computer (1992) Fonit Cetra/Rai Trade

Ex-Whirlwind Stefano Torossi and pianist-composer Amedeo Tommasi have worked on more than half a dozen albums together including Commenti musicali: Microtecnologia – Tecnologia e Computer, a 1992 Fonit Cetra reissue of Costanza Records’ Musica per commenti sonori: Tecnologia elettronica, recorded at Studio 81 in Rome in 1986. Featuring tracks such as “Digital Delay,” “Moto contrastante,” “Microlaser,” and “Robotico,” the reissue CD adds ten extra tracks to the dozen on the original Costanza version.

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Musica Per Commenti: Tecnologia Elettronica (1986)

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti: Tecnologia elettronica (1986) Costanza Records

Listen to “Speech solari,” a track added on the 1992 reissue:

and a second bonus composition, “Fantatecnologia”:

Stefano Torossi and Amedeo Tommasi recorded their first album together, Musica per commenti sonori, also in 1986. This LP features twelve tracks including  “Delizie,” “Bombardona,” “Disneyland,” and “Capitomboli.”

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Musica Per Commenti Sonori (1986)

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1986) Costanza Records

“Sogni d’oro” from Musica per commenti sonori, a track that later appeared both on Strumentali: Bambini (1989) and Commenti musicali: Young Music – Young Ideas (1993), is on YouTube:

Three years later, Italy’s Fonit Cetra reissued the first Musica per commenti sonori album, retaining the identical running order and playing time on an album titled Strumentali: Bambini.

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Strumentali: Bambini (1989) NRE

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Strumentali: Bambini (1989) Fonit Cetra

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi composed another original album of twelve songs in 1986 for Costanza Records, Musica per commenti sonori: L’uomo e la natura, which was also reissued as part of the Nuovo Repertorio Editoriale series under the title Strumentali: L’uomo e la natura (1989), with the same track order.

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi - Musica per comment sonori - L'uomo e la natura (1986) Costanza Records

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi – Musica per comment sonori: L’uomo e la natura (1986) Costanza Records

Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s “Camel Trophy” appeared on Strumentali: L’uomo e la natura:

In 2008, Tommasi and Torossi worked on Children’s World, a compilation album by Primrose Music.

Stefano Torossi and others - Children's World (2008) Primrose Music (PRCD 012)

Stefano Torossi et al. – Children’s World (2008) Primrose Music

“Watch Your Step” aka “Ninnananna dei campanelli” is on YouTube:

Tommasi Joined the Chet Baker Sextet in 1961

Another of the distinguished musicians and composers to collaborate with Stefano Torossi, Amedeo Tommasi has been playing piano since age 6. In the late 1950s he began playing in jazz trios around Italy and then joined Chet Baker in 1961, a relationship that would span decades. In 1962, Tommassi joined a group of stellar players on Baker’s landmark RCA album, Chet Is Back!

Chet Baker Sextet - Chet Is Back! (1962)

Chet Baker Sextet – Chet Is Back! (1962) RCA

“Ballata in forma di blues,” an original composition by Tommasi from Chet Is Back! features Baker on trumpet, Daniel Humair on drums, Bobby Jaspar on tenor saxophone and flute, René Thomas on guitar, Amedeo Tommasi on piano, and Benoit Quersin on bass:

Among a treasure trove of photos found on Amedeo Tommasi’s MySpace.com site is this one of Chet Baker and Amedeo Tommasi in the 1960s:

Chet Baker and Amedeo Tommasi in the early 1960s (photo from Tommasi's MySpace.com site)

Chet Baker and Amedeo Tommasi in the early 1960s (photo from Tommasi’s MySpace.com site)

And here’s a 24-minute clip of the Chet Baker Quintet including Baker on trumpet and vocals, Jacques Pelzer on flute, and Tommasi on piano live in Rome in 1976:

In 1967, Amedeo Tommasi, bassist Bruno Tommaso, and drummer Enzo Restuccia released Blues For Miles Davis, which has recently been reissued in CD.

Amedeo Tommasi Trio - Blues For Miles Davis (1967)

Amedeo Tommasi Trio – Blues For Miles Davis (1967) Cinedelic

“Silva,” an original Tommasi composition from Blues For Miles Davis is here:

Prolific Film and Production Music Career Began in the Late 1960s

After touring with Chet Baker and a number of notable musicians through the Sixties, Tomassi like Stefano Torossi began devoting more time to composing original music for film and TV including some classic library music tracks.

A clip from the 1967 Roger Corman film The Trip uses Amedeo Tommasi’s “Hyperspace”:

Tommasi also continued to make electronic-oriented albums such as Spazio in 1973. Here’s “Satellite”:

In 1974, Amedeo Tommasi released The Sound, an LP that was reissued in both CD and as a download in 2007. Besides making several albums with Stefano Torossi in the 1980s, Amedeo Tommasi continues to create original electronic-based pieces of music for Ennio Morricone, a musical enterprise that has now lasted more than two decades.

Amedeo Tommasi - The Sound (1974) (2007 Reissue)

Amedeo Tommasi – The Sound (1974) (2007 Reissue) Cenacolo

“Brasilia” from The Sound is here:

Among the many soundtracks Amedeo Tommasi has composed original music is Pupi Avati’s Bordella in 1976. Here’s Tommasi’s “American Love Company”:

In 2012, Pinball Music released a new Amadeo Tomassi album, Flash Internazionale. “Dinamica tragica,” from this recent download and a selection of tracks featuring Amedeo Tommasi are on a sampler on SoundCloud:

Amedeo Tommasi in 2014

Both Amadeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi continue to make music in 2014. Here’s a video performance clip uploaded by Amedeo Tomassi in January 2014:

And a must-see recent interview with Amedeo Tommasi from the trailer for director Roberto De Vivo’s “Amedeo Tommasi: Musicalmente Vostro”:

A compilation of the music of Amedeo Tommasi that touches jazz, library music, electronica, and soundtracks among other genres and starts off with a live performance by Tommassi, Giovanni Tommaso, and Franco Mondini in 2012 is found here:

A video EP featuring four tracks from Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s Microtecnologia: Tecnologia e Computer (1992) including “Energia” from the original 1986 release is on YouTube:

Download: Amedeo Tommasi and Stefano Torossi’s Microtecnologia: Tecnologia e Computer (1992)

In 1992, Italian record label Fonit Cetra released Microtecnologia: Tecnologia e Computer, the latest installment of their Commenti Musicali series of albums. This CD reissue contained the whole Musica Per Commenti Sonori: Tecnologia Elettronica LP as well as ten bonus tracks. Currently out of print and very difficult if not impossible to find, a reference MP3 version is currently available at Dusty Shelf, a website specializing in sharing rare and out of print 70s and 80s production music records. To access this album, click HERE.

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