Marco Di Castri (guitar, sax)
Fiorenzo Bonansone (keyboards, cello, vocals)
Furio Di Castri (bass)
Enrico Grosso (drums)
Furio Di Castri quits
A jazz-rock group from Pinerolo, near Turin, Dedalus released two albums for the collectable Trident label before disappearing, and also had a good live activity despite being very far from the most important Italian rock groups of the time. After their live show at Naples' Festival di Avanguardia e Nuove Tendenze in 1973, they were described by a popular journalist as the revelation of the festival.
First album contained a personal blend of jazz-rock,
with some Soft Machine influences and all instrumental, with lead parts of sax,
cello, electric piano and guitar.
The second, Materiale per tre esecutori e nastro magnetico, with the group now as a trio after the departure of bassist Furio Di Castri for a stable career as jazz upright bass player, was more avantgarde-oriented with stronger use of electronics.
Dedalus kept on as a duo in 1977, when drummer Enrico
Grosso left, and collaborated with jazz musicians such as Steve Lacy, but the
band had a definitive split in 1979.
A reunion was decided in 1990, with the same line-up that had released the second album, but various musicians came and went in the following years and an album, Pia visione, was released in 1997.
This CD, only issued in a limited private pressing, features Fiorenzo Bonansone, Marco Di Castri and bassist Domenico Sciaino, and is the first in the Dedalus production to have a strong use of vocal parts (little used on Materiale per tre esecutori e nastro magnetico only), including the reworking of some traditional songs to add an odd folk taste to the already extremely original mix of influences.
Since 2000 Fiorenzo Bonansone has formed a new group,
called Bonansone Dedalus Group, with the intention of reviving the spirit of the
original Dedalus but with a new minimalist approach.
The first album by the new group has been released in 2004 by BTF/Vinyl Magic, and also includes reworkings of some tracks already released on Pia visione. In the same way as that previous album, and much different from earlier Trident works, Nomos Apache Alpha is a fascinating work strongly based on cello and flute, that give it a strong classical and chamber music feel. The line-up on the CD includes, along with Bonansone, Anita Cravero on flute, Riccardo Chiriotto on bass trombone and Michele Kathak Strocchi on drums and percussion.
The group has not to be confused with another Dedalus (also known as Collettivo Dedalus), a group from Calabria that has privately released two albums in 1990-91, Singolarefemminile and La terra delle ginestre mixing traditional Southern Italy folk tunes with jazz.
|Dedalus||Trident (TRI 1001)||1973||gatefold cover|
|AMS/BTF (AMS 50LP)||2012||reissue with gatefold cover - exists on both black and blue vinyl (100 copies only)|
|Materiale per tre esecutori e nastro magnetico||Trident (TRI 1008)||1974||single cover|
|AMS/BTF (AMS 72LP)||2014||reissue of the above|
|Dedalus||Vinyl Magic (VM 009)||1989||reissue of 1973 album - now deleted|
|BTF/Trident (TRI 1001-A)||2001||as above|
|BTF/Trident (TRI 1001CD)||2009||new reissue with mini-LP gatefold cover|
|Pia visione||Dedalus studio||1997||new recordings - limited private pressing|
|Pezzi inediti 75-76 + Materiali per tre esecutori e nastro magnetico||Elica (UPP 3220)||1999||reissue of second album with 9 unreleased extra tracks - digipack cover|
|Materiale per tre esecutori e nastro magnetico||BTF/Trident (TRI 1008 CD)||2001||reissue of 1974 album|
|Dedalus + Materiale per tre esecutori e nastro magnetico||BTF/Trident (TRI 1001 CD)||2001||both albums from 1973 and 1974 on a single CD|
|Nomos Apache Alpha||BTF/Vinyl Magic (VM CD 097)||2004||new recordings - as Bonansone Dedalus|
|Trident (TRN 1001)||1973||both tracks from Dedalus - probably only issued with blank cover and for promotional use|
Both Dedalus albums are very rare, though not
particularly collected by prog fans. It's likely that they have been
counterfeited like the rest of the Trident production, see
Trident's page for
The first LP has been officially reissued on vinyl for the first time in 2012 by AMS, in black or in a limited pressing of 100 blue vinyl copies, the second one was reissued by the same label in 2014.
No foreign issues exist on vinyl.
Both the Trident albums have been reissued on CD by the Japanese Arcangelo label with mini-LP cover.
The first album was also issued in 8-track cartridge version on Trident with number TRE 1001.
A real rarity on the production of Dedalus and the Trident label is the single with two excerpts from their first LP, CT 6 and Brilla, which was probably only issued in promotional form and with blank cover.
Dedalus - LP
Materiale per tre esecutori... - LP
CT 6 - 7" single
Pia visione... - CD
Pezzi inediti... - CD
Nomos Apache Alpha - CD
A website dedicated to Dedalus can be seen at http://www.dedalus-group.com/. This also includes information on the production and activity of the current line-up.
Thanks to Fiorenzo Bonansone for the material on current Dedalus activity.