A much-loved, but shortlived spin-off from Garibaldi, Bambibanda e Melodie was led (and, of course, named for) guitar virtuoso Bambi Fossati, accompanied by drummer Maurizio Cassinelli, bassist Roberto Ricci and Indian percussionist Ramasandiran Somusundaram. The resultant brew, while heavily influenced (as usual) by Jimi Hendrix, has also been compared to Santana, with the inventive percussion at least as pronounced as Fossati's guitar playing. The quartet cut just one album, 1974's eponymous effort (the same year saw Somusundaram release a remarkable solo album, Skinny Woman) before breaking apart. Fossati, however, retained the Bambibanda name for his own projects, before reforming Garibaldi in the late 1980s.
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