..:: Ska-j ::..
The venetian band propses jazz music rearranged in afro-jamaican style
After three years from their last studio album and a few months after the publication of a rich live album, the venetian SKA-J,rock-steady jazz veterans, announce their new seventh album has been officially released on October 19, 2010.
The album title, "BRUBE", refers to the name of a famous speedboat brand which is used a lot in the lagoon of Venice. Brube boats are for young Venetians what Vespa scooters are for young people in all Italy. It's the synonym of summertime, seaside, fun, bathing in the lagoon, riding the boat with the girlfriend, loud music from the stereo of the boat! It's a tribute to all the people of the sea.
The leader of the band, singer and saxophone player, is Marco 'Furio' Forieri, MC and front man of the legendary Pitura Freska, since 2002 he's been carrying on this successful musical project together with Luca Toso (sax), U-Ge Muner (Hammond), Sandro Caparelli (bass and double bass ) and recently also with Ilenya De Vito
(vocals) Filippo Vignato (trombone), Luca Scaggiante (guitar and vocals) and Alan Liberale (drums).
The music in this new CD has as common denominator the jamaican rock-steady and the colorful arrangements of the wind instruments, but it has also a chameleontic side when winking at reggae, funk, jazz, rock-n-roll, Broadway songs, American big band and, not least, the great Italian songwriters music.
The band was born during Carnival 2002 while playing some concerts "on the street" that immediately got great success thanks to the exciting blend of refined harmonies and explosive rhythmics. SKA-J performed in more than 450 concerts throughout Italy and Europe, on the most important European Reggae stages (Rototom Sunsplash), at prestigious jazz festivals (Ubi Jazz and Fiemme Ski Jazz Festival) bringing out at the top the two souls of their music. SKA-J love keeping on performing in acoustic concerts on the street and in the squares, with no amplification or stage but in deep contact with their wild audience.
A survey of the MEI (Meeting of the Independent Labels), places Ska-j's "Santamarta" at the eighth place among the most popular dialect songs of the past 20 years.
The SKA-J took part in the soundtrack of the animated feature film "The Marco Polo Code", they played on two European tours, they 've been making use of the precious collaboration of important Italian jazz musicians and had the honor of playing several times as guest band of The Wailers, the New York Jazz Ensemble and The Sakatalites.