GIANMARCO LIGUORI: Stolen Paintings
By Kiran Dass
Known for his work in instrumental psychedelic surf-rock band Salon Kingsadore, Liguori's debut solo album is just as superb. Enlisting the assistance of some top-notch jazz musicians such as multi-instrumentalist Kim Paterson, Liguori has nailed his aesthetic in creating immediate and refined psychedelic free jazz. Clocking in at just over 36 minutes it's difficult to isolate standout tracks because they are all so well-formed and concise. Trap Door is a wonderfully ambient and moody, sound-track number while Don't Open The Window is dynamic and even mildly proggy. Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda - who was responsible for the brilliant, jazzy scores for Roman Polanski films Rosemary's Baby and Knife in the Water - springs to mind, appropriate as Liguori turns out a lovely version of Komeda's Kattorna. Liguori plays 6- and 12-string guitar, bass and synth. With Paterson, Miguel Fuentes, Murray McNabb, Andy Atwell and Brian Smith he has a winning band of professional musicians to work with. They play instinctively together and have created an album of remarkable tracks that each have numerous, atmospheric environments embedded.