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marsmobil - (why don't you take) the other side

(why don't you take) the other side
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This Side - That Side. Who is Roberto Di Gioia?
Fact is, he was born in Milano. Fact is, he lives in Germany. Munich to be precise. Fact is, his team is Munich, not Milano. Red & White, not Black & Blue. That could raise a doubt, right? He is reeeeally into food - all sorts, but then try his pasta! Fashion too! Best dressed chicken in town! Not a German thing either! His native tongue? Well - that depends on your native tongue. If you are a German or Italian give it a try! Believe me, he'll be your fellow citizen. But if we really can't locate the man on one side of the Alps or the other, we know at least he is a musician, right? I mean he has recorded albums. Many albums in fact. With big names and on his own. Musicians love the man. One could say he is a musician's musician. Live too. He toured the world. Countless concerts. All true. But then you check his moleskins and you see he is a writer to. Almost every single instrument recorded for The Other Side was recorded by Roberto himself. From piano (of course) to guitar, to bass, to drums to even a sitar - all played by the man himself!

And now the jazz tag! Almost a curse!? The root of it all. If you ask Roberto himself he would never limit himself to be a jazz musician. An autodidact for most of his life Roberto taught himself to play the organ, continually progressing over the next years. Whilst still under-aged he was invited by the local jazz heroes to join them live. He was too good to be true. At just nineteen he joined Art Farmer on tour. Invitations to the states followed the same year. It was too good to be true. Almost too easy. With less than twenty Roberto had joined the ranks of well established European and American jazz figures. He became a member of Klaus Doldinger's Passport a band that almost every outstanding German Jazz musician since the 60s had joined at one point or another during their career, like Americans did with Duke Ellington's big band back in the 40s and 50s. jazz musicians had found him, raised him and almost kept him "hostage" for the next twenty years. He played with Till Brönner, Albert Mangelsdorff, Bill Frisell, Woody Shaw, Mel Lewis and countless others. But jazz was only one flavor to savor and Roberto was not all jazz. Emancipation started as a slow process and increased when he founded his own project Marsmobil in the late 90s. He also worked with other non-jazz musicians more and more. Charlie Watts from The Rolling Stones, DJ Hell, The Notwist, Console, Peter Kruder, Christian Prommer, Henrik Schwarz, Max Herre - these are just a few names.

So it's not surprising that the theme of the album developed progressively over the last two years and so too did the musical world of Marsmobil. In fact this theme is more than just the theme of the album, it's a life theme: A lifelong struggle to free ourselves from external and internal restriction or at least to question them, not just as a musician but also in our private life. We know these feelings all too well, but do we dare to ask this question? (Why Don't You Take) The Other Side?
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02. crazy colored light feat. the illusionists
03. ordinary boy
04. moon of dust
05. gonny be my day
06. jane
07. never forget
08. lolly
09. cry for a day
10. monday tuesday
11. insane 5
12. berchidda feat. martine rojina
13. spirit of the dark
14. revolution girl
15. helix pomatia
16. patience reprise
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