Band: Beppe Crovella
Band Website: www.beppecrovella.com
Label: Moonjune Records
Label Website: www.moonjune.com
Release Date: 2010
When you begin to list the most influential progressive rock bands you don’t have to go very far down the list before you hit Soft Machine. The band’s legacy is a powerful one. So perhaps it should not be that surprising to learn that when MoonJune mastermind Leonardo Pavkovic suggested to Arti e Mestieri keyboardist Beppe Crovella that he create a CD of compositions inspired by the work of Mike Ratledge the idea was quickly acted upon. The result is the disc What’s Rattlin’ on the Moon? With the sub-title – A personal vision of the music of Mike Ratledge. For many in the prog world the music of early Soft Machine was quite inspirational and you get a glimpse of why this was so as you listen to this disc.
There are a total of 16
tracks here and as the liner notes indicate the first ten are directly linked to Soft Machine pieces while the next six were recorded
after the main body of music was done. This is essentially a keyboard solo from Crovella and to keep in the mood of the project he’s
using only analog gear that includes
There’s any number of reasons why you may want to pick up What’s Rattlin’ on the Moon?; it may be the loads of Mellotron work on display, it may be the Soft Machine link, or it may even be the connection to Italy’s Arti e Mestieri but first and foremost I think the reason might be that this disc is full of some very thought provoking music. Beppe Crovella has opened up his heart through his hands onto the keyboard and created a fascinating collection of compositions that not only entertain the emotions but also stimulate the brain.