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I.M.C. VOL.4

by Drummer.it

A sole fusion of smooth jazz, funk, pop and ambient music in this 4th collection of best worldwide "internet music collaborations".
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Heart Of The Matter
Filippo Bertacche,Carl Eichman,Chris Aranosian,Bill Lawrence
4:43 $0.99
2. Gorgeous Passion
Filippo Bertacche,Giuseppe Gambino,Jeremy Levy,Helena Villa
3:48 $0.99
3. Rebel In The Wheel
Filippo Bertacche,Carl Eichman,Bill Lawrence
5:47 $0.99
4. I Fool
Filippo Bertacche,Carl Eichman,Bill Lawrence
4:21 $0.99
5. Orchid
Filippo Bertacche,Don McGinnis,Bobby Brewer,John Garr
5:14 $0.99
6. Avatar
Filippo Bertacche,Carl Eichman,Bill Lawrence
4:33 $0.99
7. El Syd
Filippo Bertacche, Don McGinnis,Bobby Brewer,Bob Johnson
6:22 $0.99
8. Crooked Mile
Filippo Bertacche,Carl Eichman,Bill Lawrence
5:59 $0.99
9. One Thing I Know
Filippo Bertacche,Carl Eichman,Bill Lawrence
4:57 $0.99
10. Dawgma
Filippo bertacche, Bobby Brewer,Bill lawrence,Bob Johnson
5:59 $0.99
11. Following You
Filippo Bertacche,Carl Eichman,Bill Lawrence
8:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Acclaimed international free lancer "internet drummer" Filippo Bertacche (www.drummer.it)experiments collaborations with talented musicians on the web since 2000. Recorded more than 150 tunes in last since 2000...

Now presents the 4th collection of best tunes recorded till 2004. Absolutely a really sole fusion of smooth jazz / funk/ blues / pop / ambient music with a special vibes between musicians located in different places of the world and here together for a "virtual special session" playing great music.

Cd features musicians and song composers as Us guitarist / arranger Carl Eichman (song writer of most tunes), bass player Bill Lawrence (N.Y.), from Nashville (Usa) composer and bass player Don McGinnis, composer and guitarist Bobby Brewer, saxophonist John Garr... and then also Canadian saxophonist Bob Johnson, composer/singer Lord Bygon, Mr. Jeza, New Yorker trumpeter C.M. and other great musicians...

I.M.C. (Internet Music Collaborations) vol. 4 is a mix of instrumental progressive fusion that will keep your attention and mind to a new dimension of making and producing music.

Flippo Bertacche is member of the FUNKDAWGS (www.funkdawgs.com), first official internet jazz fusion band of the world, with also Bill Lawrence, Bobby Brewer, Bob Johnson, Kyle Whitlock and many guest musicians.
(band is featured on Jazz Player Magazine, Saxophone Journal Bassics Magazine, movie soundtracks and winner as best 2007 virtual band at netmusicmaker.com)

Promo description of the artist:

Italian cyber drummer providing professional acoustic drums tracks for amateur and professional musicians projects, collaborating with the best musicians on the web, and ready to start an on line collaboration.

Just a sort of most important collaborations:

Bill Lawrence bass, Bob Johnson sax,wx11, Kyle Whitlock keys, Kenny Wright bass, Woody Lingle bass, Dickie Thompson organ, Bal trumpet, Ernie Mansfield flute, Carl Eichman guitar, Matt Thorpe guitar, John Cohmer guitar, Buk Askold guitar, Mathias Claus keys, All McCann keys, Bobby Brewer guitar, Nicolas Genest trumpet, Daniel Martina guitar, Peggy Morris vocals,sax,flute Patti Sterling voice, Kerry Lytle keys, Alan Kheune bass, Luc De Ryck guitar and producing, Eugene Mann soprano sax, Brent Whitlock guitar, Chris Hicks soprano sax, John Rossi congas, C. M. trumpet,flugelhorn, Don Mcginnis bass, John Garr sax, Lord Bygon s.w., Mr. Jeza singer, Bill Cornish composer and keyboardist,Nicolas Gueret saxophone, Christophe Dutray trumpet, Philippe Henry Trombone, Etienne M'Bappe' bass-guitar, Scott Le Rock guitar, Tamala Parker singer, Diane Jessurun singer, John Jones executive coordinator for Ansun project, John H. Clark singer and producer, Alexis VAN EECKHOUT sax, Wayne Eagles guitar, Arthur Bayram-Galy guitar, Doug Millaway keys guit producer, Rob Denton guitar, Anthony Sarain sax flute, Tony Rogers cello viola violin, Frank Lazzaro percussion, Michael Tagart violin...

more info at www.drummer.it

Front photo credit: original art by Didier Faucher



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This is a first-rate composition, performance and production - bravo!
Anytime you come across a piece of music in 7/4 time these days, you know you are dealing with someone who is proudly and defiantly staying out of the easy-to-digest mainstream of jazz. It takes some very talented people to pull this kind of tune off properly, and I am happy to report that guitarist/composer Carl Eichman and his internet-based trio (with Bill Lawrence on bass and Filippo Bertacche on drums) have the goods to deliver.
"Crooked Mile" is the kind of music we used to call "art rock" back in the days when Gentle Giant, Yes, and Peter Gabriel-era Genesis were the newest and coolest things out there. With the more liberal definitions of jazz we use these days, the "jazz fusion" label works just as well to describe this fine piece of music.
Eichman layers dense, processed chunks of Metheny-esque guitar with cleaner acoustic riffs, soaring electric cascades and varied synth textures. Combined with Lawrence's robust bass lines and Bertacche's active but tasteful percussion thrusts, the mixture is rich and satisfying to the ear. The band rides through the odd meter time fluidly and comfortably, and Eichman establishes some solid melodic themes which stay with you long after the track ends.
The composition is well considered, with rhythmic diversity, changing dynamics and thematic development keeping things coherent and evolving. The improvisation is clearly very skilled (in particular the gymnastic bass solo which occurs around the 4-minute mark), but always the chops highlight and accent the music (instead of the other way around, as is sometimes the case in the fusion genre).
It should also be pointed out that this recording is an example of the increasingly popular "internet collaboration" trend, made possible by sophisticated music recording/processing software and high-speed internet access. Eichman is able to work in Connecticut, and send his partially completed recordings (in digital format) across the internet first to Bertacche in Italy to add his drums, and then to Lawrence in upstate NY for the bass part. The finished recordings end up back with Eichman for final mixing and production. The process is so seamless and the musicians so skilled that there is no hint in the finished product of the distributed nature of its recording.
Ultimately, the success of a complex piece like "Crooked Mile" is judged by how well it works at both the intellectual and soulful levels, and for me, this piece delivers on both counts. This is a first-rate composition, performance and production - bravo!

Millerecords Reviews

Italian review of this artist
Ad ulteriore testimonianza di come in Italia vi sianno grandissimi musicisti ecco comparire il nome di Filippo Bertacche, batterista che considero come uno fra i drummer piu' intelligenti che abbia mai ascoltato. Se ci pensate bene quanti cd avete ascoltato di drummers che hanno superato la prova? Si', e' vero, Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl e Dan Gottlieb hanno anche inciso degli ottimi lavori, ma ogni volta c'è sempre quel qualcosa che non va', cosa che invece non si nota nei capolavori dei chitarristi fusion. Oculata pure la scelta dei musicisti chiamati per la registrazione del cd, magari meno conosciuti di altri ma bravissimi nel calarsi all'interno dei brani. Lo stile di Filippo ci porta in quell'area di jazz-moderno contaminata dal blues, in un insieme di arrangiamenti semplicemente unici. Sembrerebbe quasi di avere nel cd-player un cd strumentale prodotto negli Stati Uniti, mentre invece il tutto e' stato creato da un batterista vicentino. Un consiglio..., se amate i virtusismi di classe provate ad ascoltare questo cd.

Radio Veneto Uno (Italy)

But who's Filippo? (Italian Review)
Un personaggio estremamente interessante, che ha aperto una strada nuova nella musica, una strada difficile, nella quale forse manca un po’ di sentimento, di cuore, di rischio e capacità di adattamento (tutti aspetti necessari quando si fa parte di un gruppo e si è perciò costretti a relazionarsi con altre persone), ma sicuramente una nuova via, e per questo interessante da scoprire.

Chi intraprende questa via, e Filippo Bertacche è sicuramente uno dei primi se non il primo, deve essere in ogni caso un grande amante della musica, capace quindi di esprimersi ai massimi livelli anche in questo nuovo mondo “a distanza”…e Filippo fa sicuramente parte di questa categoria. Questo CD è davvero un bel biglietto da visita...