Artist

IL BARICENTRO

Francesco Boccuzzi (keyboards, guitar, percussion)
Vanni Boccuzzi (keyboards, percussion)
Tonio Napoletano (bass, percussion)
Piero Mangini (drums, percussion)

Coming from the ashes of Festa Mobile this band based in Rome chose a very different musical style, concentrating on an instrumental jazz-rock that was very popular in Italy during the mid/late 70's. Their name was taken from Bari, where the Boccuzzi borthers came from.

Both their albums, released by EMI in 1976 and 1978, show strong influences by the likes of Weather Report or Mahavishnu Orchestra, mixed with a mediterranean feel that's more evident in TrusciantThe first album Sconcerto contains a track, Della Venis, that has the same name as the first group of the Boccuzzi brothers.

After the second album the group disbanded, and reformed for a short while as a trio in 1983-84 with a disco-inclined self produced single.
Brothers Boccuzzi have not left the music, still playing as sessionmen, Francesco in the States and Vanni in Rome.
Among other productions they composed the music for the rock opera Androidi, directed by Ida Mastromarino (issued on LP in 1989 by Ricordi International).

 

LP
Sconcerto EMI (3C064-18152) 1976 single cover
Trusciant EMI (3C064-18322) 1978 single cover
 

CD

Sconcerto Mellow/EMI (MMP 210) 1994 reissue of 1976 album
  BTF/VM 2000 (VM 078) 2002 as above
Trusciant Mellow/EMI (MMP 211) 1994 reissue of 1978 album
  BTF/VM 2000 (VM 079) 2002 as above


SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
Endless man
Flox
EMI (3C006-18327) 1978 B-side from Trusciant
Tittle tattle
Tittle tattle (twice)
Superdance/GV Music (SD 3802) 1983 12" version with white art cover
Tittle tattle
Tittle tattle (twice)
GV Music (GV 8405) 1984 7" version with picture cover

 

Both albums by Il Baricentro are still common and cheap in Italy. They were also issued in some foreign countries (Canada and Portugal among the others).
The singles are more difficult to find.

Francesco and Vanni Boccuzzi with Tonio Napoletano appeared on the 1985 LP Bassingher, by singer-songwriter Ernesto Bassignano (GV Music 8507).

Sconcerto - front cover

Trusciant - front cover

Endless man - 7" single

Tittle tattle - 7" single

Tittle tattle - 12" single

 

 

Thanks to Fabio Locatelli and Ubaldo Cibei (Franco) for information and pictures