Published Feb 12, 2016The Italian free improvisation outfit Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza included a number of that country's top avant-garde players and composers; the most significant member of the group is most likely Ennio Morricone, whose classic scores for the films of Sergio Leone are legendary. Equally transcendent is the music of Gruppo member Egisto Macchi, who also produced music for film and television.
Il Deserto, which collects Macchi pieces originally recorded for the screen as well as the radio, was released in 1974, and features a slew of slow-brewed compositions for percussion, strings and wind instruments. The music plays out in rhythmic cycles, punctuated by horn stabs and augmented by thick drone textures, emanating both tension and dread. The original pressing is an extremely rare find, so the Cinedelic imprint justifiably repressed the record, housing it in a sexy velvet gatefold sleeve. The sounds were extracted from the original master tapes, which featured tracks lengthier than what was included on the original LP. As such, the extended pieces are included in this edition, making it an essential item for collectors of rare Italian grooves. (Cinedelic)