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Mike McLatchey    19-March-2001 Tempi Dispari, Live N.T.

New Trolls - "Tempi Dispari" (Si-Wan SRMC-2006, 1974/1994, CD)
New Trolls - "L.I.V.E.N.T." (Si-Wan SRM-2008, 1976/1993, CD)

The early New Trolls always seemed to flirt with the progressive rock genre, but not always consistently. To sum up their career with a mere description doesn't do them justice, as they always seemed to play with new forms, breaking ground with early albums like 1971's orchestral rock piece Concerto Grosso Part 1 and 1972's Led Zeppelin homage UT and losing it all with their later motown-influenced interests. Tempi Dispari is a live album from 1974 by the Atomic System variation, the line up formed by guitarist Vittorio DeScalzi after three members left to form what would end up being Ibis. (It's interesting to note here that this split provided both offshoot's most squarely "prog-rock" albums.) DeScalzi is aided by future Nova keyboards player Renato Rosset, who influences this variation in a more jazzy oriented way than any other New Trolls incarnation. The band plays two side-long suites (including a theme from "Concerto Grosso 1") of excellent and innovative music, reminding me more of Soft Machine, MGP, and Supersister due to the addition of sax. Other, more Italian styles are evident as well, with some segments relating closely to the then-current Italian symphonic rock scene. It's by no means one of the most impressive albums of the era, but it is definitely one of interest for the Italian collector going a bit deeper.

The New Trolls released another live album two years later with three early members returning to the fold. At this point it is obvious that the band obviously decided to abruptly go for a more commercial sound as typified by the second side of Concerto Grosso N 2 and the hideous cover of "Let It Be Me" that appears both here and on N 2 For a fan of commercial Motown stylings, Smokey Robinson and the like this could be of interest, but then why would you be reading this? Too many songs and bad choices for tracking make L.I.V.E.N.T. a generally unworthy reissue. A lot can happen in two years.

(Originally published in Exposť #3, p. 14, Edited for Gnosis 3/11/01)




Sjef Oellers 19-March-2001 Tempi Dispari

Tempi Dispari consists of two long tracks of jazz rock. The first track starts with very obvious nods to Soft Machine of that period (5 to 7), coming close to cloning. The second track diverts a bit from the Soft Machine path. The music is still in the jazz rock vein, but more spacey and may remind of Gong occasionally. The guitar comes more to the front on this track, which adds more of a rock aspect. Tempi Dispari is a pleasant jazz rock album, and although it's done quite well, it definitely lacks personality and originality.



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