Sandro Brugnolini’s Lost Italian Library Epic Utopia Gets First-Ever Reissue
The holy grail of Nico Fidenco and Alessandro Alessandroni is also unearthed by Sonor Music Editions
Posted on May 27, 2021
At the end of last year, Italian musical innovator Sandro Brugnolini sadly passed away at the age of 89. But the library / jazz titan has hardly been forgotten. In fact, one of his most beloved yet elusive albums, Utopia, is only now receiving its very first reissue.
Long-time Brugnolini champions Sonor Music editions announced that they would unearth for the very first time the much sought after album from 1972, with Utopia finally returns to vinyl on June 28.
With the record now virtually impossible to find, it originally arrived via Bruno Nicolai’s prestigious Gemelli label, and it is indeed the holy grail of a record. Being truly epic in scope and sound, Brugnolini was at the top of his game on Utopia, which has become one of his most beloved endeavors.
As Sonor puts it: “A brilliant and inspired jazz-funk and jazz lounge session with incredible sounds, enlivened by dreamlike and underground vibes, refined avant-garde jazz orchestrations and magnificent grooves.”
To find out what to expect, you can listen to a sampler from Utopia at the end of the page. Keyboardist Giorgio Carnini on the Hammond, under the direction of Franco Tamponi, lends a hand on the album.
The album will arrive in an edition of 700 copies, with all audio fully restored and remastered by Sonor. The reissue will also leave the rather astonishing cover of Michel Seuphor’s album intact.
You can now Pre-order Utopia, and considering how quickly Sonor releases have sold out these days, you probably won’t want to sleep on it. You can also order it here via the Madlib Rappcats in North America.
In addition to Utopia, Sonor also has a few other releases in mind. Also on June 28, the label will reissue Nico Fidenco’s Emanuelle in America – a 1977 soundtrack often considered the composer’s best in its gloriously sordid sound Emanuelle scores.
Here’s how Sonor describes the release: “Haunting, breathtaking, wordless music with dreamy orchestral movements, incredible downtempo funk and timeless beats, Afro-beat and dancing mental percussion, sweet psychedelic guitars, a Subtle female choir, heavy strings and orchestra, loungy sounds, driving funky drums and so on. Must-have Italian masterpiece from OST, top-notch recording for any fan of soundtrack music. “
Last but not least, Sonor is doing a co-release with the legendary Beat Records to bring us an unpublished score by the late great Alessandro Alessandroni. The labels managed to unearth entirely unreleased tapes from the Maestro’s score up to the 1970 action film. Formula 1: Nell’Inferno Del Grand Prix (a.k.a Maniacs on Wheels).
Starring Alessandroni’s famous I Cantori Moderni, the soundtrack finds the composer in a seriously lounge and groovy headspace, hitting on a vibe similar to that of many of his 70s library classics.
On July 20, Alessandroni’s reissue will arrive on CD, digitally and in a limited edition of 500 vinyl copies. You can Pre-order Formula 1: Nell’Inferno Del Grand Prix now too, and listen to a sampler below.