E Zezi

Pummarola Black

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Over twenty years of eclectic music-making has made quite name for E Zezi ("The Workers Group") in their native Naples, Italy. While working class politics is a big part of what they do, I do not speak Italian. Consequently, I am left with the rich and energetic styles of traditional and original melodies. The helpful liner notes detail some key phrases in song titles, etc. I find it best to appreciate Pummarola Black as a smorgasbord of Neapolitan folk orchestra material. While it is apparently music to beat down the oppressors with, I cannot help but imagine a huge party with lots of red wine. Arrangements are made of a plethora of vocalists, guitar, violin, flutes, percussion, mandolin, double bass and hard to pronounce ethnic instrumentation. E Zezi is big fun from a big band that sees the big picture.

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