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by Quanah Parker

The new Italian Prog/Art rock!
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chant of the Sea-Horse
2:21 $0.99
2. No Time for Fears
4:05 $0.99
3. Quanah Parker
6:49 $0.99
4. Sailor Song
3:17 $0.99
5. Flight
3:35 $0.99
6. The Garden Awakes
4:54 $0.99
7. After the Rain
7:35 $0.99
8. Asleep
5:51 $0.99
9. Silly Fairy Tale
7:10 $0.99
10. People in Sorrow
5:31 $0.99
11. Limits of the Sky
4:19 $0.99
12. Shen Menn
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Quanah!" is the first album by the Italian Prog/art rock pioneers, re-founded in 2005 after a long hiatus.

Riccardo Scivales - keyboards, composition
Elisabetta "Betty" Montino - vocals
Giovanni Pirrotta - guitar
Giuseppe Di Stefano - bass
Paolo "Ongars" Ongaro - drums

This cd features 12 originals composed by keyboardist Riccardo Scivales for his Quanah Parker Prog/Art Rock band from 1981 till now, and in such a way it gives us a quite exhaustive idea of the history and evolution of this band. Among the “old” pieces (here obviously refined and further developed by Quanah’s current line-up) are “classics” such as No Time For Fears, Sailor Song, Quanah Parker, After The Rain, The Garden Awakes, Flight and Silly Fairy Tale, which in 1981-1985 made this band famous in the Venetian area (and beyond). The recent pieces (Chant Of The Sea-Horse, The Limits Of The Sky, Asleep and People In Sorrow) add new colours to the repertoire of the band and strengthen its stylistic identity. As an “historical” bonus track, also included here is an old “garage recording” of Shen Menn made by Quanah’s original line-up in 1984. As a remarkable (and perhaps unique fact in the Italian prog panorama), it should been noted that Scivales’s solo piano scores of three of these pieces (i.e. Chant Of The Sea-Horse, After The Rain and Flight) have been published in the prestigious U.S. magazines Piano Today and Keyboard Classics (alas, out-of-business now after some thirty years of glorious activity) along with his own introductory articles on various distinctive stylistic elements and compositional techniques of progressive rock. This cd has been co-produced by Quanah Parker and Alessandro Monti (Unfolk).

This band has something special. Quanah Parker [...] is a pioneer band of Italian “new prog” [...].
The originals featured in this DVD are a perfect display of Quanah’s style: long and very elaborate pieces in line with today’s new prog trends [...], with little gems like “Silly Fairy Tale”, “Quanah Parker”, and “People In Sorrow”. A good cover of Yes’s “Roundabout” makes this quintet’s true love clear, i.e. an art rock with plenty of facets, intriguing melodies and instrumental games, breaks, and sudden reprises. It is a real pleasure to find this long-lived band active again: a band that along with various others (Yleclipse, Taproban, Portal Way e Torre Dell'Alchimista) swells the ranks of our new progressive. […] Riccardo Scivales […] is one of Italian finest keyboard players.
(Translated from: Donato Zoppo, reviews to Quanah Parker: Demovideo DVD
and La Torre Dell’Alchimista: Neo, in MOVIMENTI PROG, web, 2007).

Another experienced band from Venice are Quanah Parker, […] a well balanced mix of classical influences, progressive rock and jazz. […] “Flight” is an outstanding instrumental track […] you can fly across a starry sky following dreams and notes.
(Excerpted from: Andrea Parentin, Rock Progressivo Italiano – An Introduction To Italian Progressive Rock, U.S.A., CreateSpace.com, Andrea Parentin, 2011, p. 330; review to Quanah!, ITALIAN PROG MAP, 01/01/2013, web, http://italianprogmap.blogspot.it/search/label/Quanah%20Parker)

[…] easily noticeable are the technical skills of the five Quanahs—above all Scivales, who devises convincing melodic solutions through his keyboards […]. Also impressive is the rhythm section, very solid and precise […] and the very intense solos by guitarist Pirrotta. After a couple of excellent covers (i.e. Yes’s “Roundabout” and Jethro Tull’s “Hymn 43”) the band performs its complex “Quanah Parker”, really a great example of compositive class and freshness. […] Truly inspired—and a rare thing in the prog panorama—is Quanah Parker’s choice to feature a female singer. The concert runs on swiftly till the conclusive and very effective “Silly Fairy Tale”, a little masterwork, elaborate and very fascinating.
(Translated from: Luigi Cattaneo, Quanah Parker in concerto e intervista a Riccardo Scivales,
in “Contrappunti—Quaderno Trimestrale del Centro Studi per il Progressive Italiano”, VI, 3, June 2009, p. 22-28.)

The recent items of Mr. Scivales about progressive keyboard styles of pianists like Rick Wakeman are amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else.
(Mark D. Taylor, letter to Piano Today magazine, USA.)

No copying, no “covering” here, but different styles and influences that flow into a most fascinating work, […]
a spontaneous compositional ensemble that makes you feel thrills of pleasure […] Chapeau!
(Translated from: Athos Enrile, review to the CD Quanah!, www.mat2020.com, January 15th, 2013.)



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