agora Live In Montreux (180g vinyl LP, £29.50)
Founded in the central Italy town of Ancona, AgorÓ curiously debuted with a live album instead of a studio one: they played an almost-instrumental typical jazz-rock, and they were invited to play at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (a place that is most remembered for the fire that inspired Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water"). That's where "Live in Montreux" was recorded, a four-track LP, one of which has been cut in two parts on the two sides of the album. Music, as specified in the album notes too, is clearly inspired by Weather Report, but the influence of the connational Perigeo is evident too. The artwork, made by Cesare Monti, is very peculiar too, with a front standing-up edge-cut tree. A faithful reproduction the the gimmick cover, on audiophile vinyl.
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