Slivovitz’ ‘LiveR’ Out Today from Moonjune Records
Recorded live in Milan, Italy, in May of 2016, LiveR showcases the eccentric young Italian maestros Slivovitz at their collective best – playful, daring and just having fun! Some of their most potent material to date (primarily from their heralded 2011 release, “Bani Ahead” and 2016’s delectable “All You Can Eat”) is revisited in truly refreshing style: uninhibited, lively, but still with their decidedly tight synchronicity and intuitive interplay as a unit. Brilliant individual moments abound, with many songs extending well beyond their previously-established studio confines: affording soloists the opportunity to really step out and shine, while harmonic and rhythmic potentials are explored with playful delight by an always-adventurous rhythm section, steadily smoldering in the background.
While many live albums may come across as merely a rehash or an attempted recapturing of some previous musical magic, from the opening frame it’s apparent that Slivovitz is completely engaged in the material — showcasing both their collective and individual brilliance and ambition, while continuing to push the bounds of each song’s structural and harmonic blueprints. This album roars with intensity, while serving as a testimony to the intrepidity and unfettered spirit of adventure which make this band one of progressive music’s most unique, innovative collective entities.
LiveR is a merry frolic; a wonderfully vibrant live recording (enhanced by excellent production) which continues to grows on you with repeated listenings … delightful, essential ear candy! For fans of Snarky Puppy, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, PFM, John Zorn, caffé espresso, la vera pizza napoletana and of course, of Slivovitz!
DEREK DI PERRI harmonica
MARCELLO GIANNINI guitars
VINCENZO LAMAGNA bass
SALVATORE RAINONE drums
CIRO RICCARDI trumpet
PIETRO SANTANGELO tenor saxophone
RICCARDO VILLARI electric violin