I MARC 4

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The name I Marc 4 (or Marc 4) comes from the initials of their members: Maurizio Majorana (bass), Antonello Vannucci (Hammond/piano), Roberto Podio (drums/percussion) and Carlo Pes (guitar). Sometimes 'A' stood for Armando Travaioli, the Italian soundtrack composer. I Marc 4 played and recorded most of Armando Travaioli's compositions. I Marc 4 were best known for their funky Italian soundtrack style. They also played and record with well known Italian composers like Ennio Morricone and Piero Umiliani.

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Around 1950, four musicians who were part of the orchestra of RAI, decided to form a band and in the moment of the constitution, they had a brilliant idea: to find their definition using the initial letters of their names, so the beat band "the MARC 4" was born from that idea. The first two musicians of the group, keyboardist Maurizio Majorana and drummer Roberto Podio, already knew each other for having
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I MARC 4 I Solisti Di Armando Trovajoli album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Solisti Di Armando Trovajoli
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1969
I MARC 4 Peppino De Luca  E I Marc 4 – L'Uomo Dagli Occhi Di Ghiaccio (Man With Icy Eyes) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Peppino De Luca E I Marc 4 – L'Uomo Dagli Occhi Di Ghiaccio (Man With Icy Eyes)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1971
I MARC 4 I Mark 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Mark 4
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1976
I MARC 4 New Sound N°1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Sound N°1
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1978
I MARC 4 Bossa Nova For Cocktail Party album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bossa Nova For Cocktail Party
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2001

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I MARC 4 Suoni Moderni - The Best Of Marc 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suoni Moderni - The Best Of Marc 4
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1998
I MARC 4 Loungissima Series Vol. 02 - The Psych Jazzy Beat Of I Marc 4 album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Loungissima Series Vol. 02 - The Psych Jazzy Beat Of I Marc 4
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2000
I MARC 4 The Beat Sound Of The Fabulous I Marc 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Beat Sound Of The Fabulous I Marc 4
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2010

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I MARC 4 Loungissima Series Vol. 02 - The Psych Jazzy Beat Of I Marc 4

Boxset / Compilation · 2000 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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Italian soundtracks from the late 60s to mid 70s are practically a genre to themselves and have long been a treasure trove for those who seek unique jazzy psychedelic beats. In the early 90s, both the retro-exotica crowd and the rare groove DJs re-discovered Italian soundtrack music thus giving it a big boost in popularity. The Black Cat label responded to this renewed interest with its Loungissima series that re-packaged a variety of Italian soundtracks in attractive vinyl LP collections. “The Psych Jazzy Beat of I Marc 4”, features the music of one of the top recording quartets of Italian soundtracks, I Marc 4. The members of this quartet all came from a jazz background and originally grouped together in the mid-60s with the purpose of supporting various high profile vocalists. In the late 60s they moved on to being soundtrack composers whose instrumental works would then be collected and released on LPs.

There is a wide variety of music on here, psychedelic rock, soul jazz, brassy Herb Alpert style numbers, spacey exotic lounge music, goofy country funk, proto-progressive rock and much more. For the seeker of musical kitsch, this album is pure gold, but for someone seeking something a little more substantial, this record is a mixed bag. Many numbers on here are visionary and futuristic, “Asfalto in Agguato” features a fast bongo driven beat topped with a repeating dissonant sound on the keyboard. Such experiments in static music would eventually show up on Miles Davis’ “Get Up With It” a few years later than Marc 4’s efforts. On the more negative side, there are more than a few goofy campy numbers that can get annoying after a while. Seeing as how much of this music was supposed to set a mood, I suppose on some of these numbers the suggested scenario was “simpletons frolicking in the country”.

This isn’t the best collection of Italian soundtrack music available, but it rates fairly high, plus this is one of the few collections I know of that features the same group of musicians throughout the whole album. The musicianship and creativity on here are outstanding, but it would have been nice if there had been fewer of the more silly numbers.

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