Artist

ESAGONO

Marco Cimino (keyboards, flute, cello)
Aldo Rindone (keyboards)
Marco Gallesi (bass)
Giorgio Diaferia (drums)

A quartet from Turin formed by Marco Cimino (Errata Corrige and later Arti & Mestieri) and Marco Gallesi (Arti & Mestieri), but much more jazz-oriented than these members' former bands.

Their only album, Esagono, was the first release of the small Mu label, managed by the group members themselves. It's a very well played instrumental jazz-rock album with some similarities with Arti & Mestieri (some of whose members like Arturo Vitale, Giovanni Vigliar and Gigi Venegoni also guested on the LP) in tracks like Diatomea, but far from that group's most progressive moments, and not different from the style of other Italian bands like Perigeo

The album went totally unnoticed, even due to the bad distribution, and the band soon split, drummer Diaferia later played with the briefly reformed Errata Corrige and later Combo Jazz.

The Esagono 2 CD includes a live recording from 1977 and an unreleased track by the old line-up. The group reformed in 2007-2008 as Esagono Concept with Marco Cimino, Marco Gallesi, Giorgio Diaferia and saxophonist Diego Mascherpa for some concerts and a new album entitled Apocalypso.

 

LP
Vicolo Mu (UM 101) 1978 single cover


CD
Vicolo Electromantic (ARTS 9011) 2002 reissue of 1976 album with 2 bonus tracks
Esagono 2 Electromantic (TJRS F003) 2007 unreleased studio and live tracks
Apocalypso Electromantic (TJRS F005) 2008 new studio album, as Esagono Concept

 

A very rare album, Vicolo had a limited pressing (around 1000 copies in two or three different issues) and local distribution. The label doesn't mention the year of release, but the cover drawing is dated 1978, decpite many official sources (including the CD booklet notes) say that it was issued in 1976..
The album was reissued on CD in 2002 by Electromantic with a coloured cover, while the original had a black & white design. 
The reissue contains two bonus tracks, Five to four and Dedalo e Icaro.
No counterfeits nor foreign issues exist.
The title track, Vicolo, is also included on the third Arti & Mestieri LP, Quinto stato.

  

Vicolo - LP front cover and label

Vicolo - CD reissue
Esagono 2 - CD

 

Giorgio Diaferia, a doctor specialized in Sports Medicine, has an Internet site containing details on his musical activity: www.giorgiodiaferia.it

 

 

Thanks to Silvano Ceriani for the collaboration