Exposé Online banner

Dante Roberto — The Circle
(BTF no#, 2017, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-09-20

The Circle Cover art

Italian classical composer, music teacher, keyboard wizard, and progressive music lover Dante Roberto has released his debut album, The Circle. The album opens with “Dante Suite” in three movements: “Prelude,” “Processionale,” and “Speedy.” These three pieces segue from the first to the last and feature Dante’s classical piano chops, rapid keyboard runs, accompanied by electric guitar, bass, and drums to create grandiose and bombastic symphonic progressive rock. Dante is a fan of Keith Emerson and ELP and there is some similarity in styles, especially when Dante plays the Hammond organ like on “All Changes.” However, Dante’s compositions tend to be more progressive-jazz than progressive-classical like Emerson and ELP. The mega-track “Tra Fuoco e Fiamme” reminds me more of Rick Wakeman and his Journey to the Center of the Earth as Dante ups his game with more energy and pyrotechnics and then slows it all down with a slow jazz piano outro. Then there is the throwaway tune “Funky Disco” that is just too long for my tastes. The album closes with “Toccata,” with Dante trading lines with his guitarist in a semi-classical mode that morphs into a calypso latin beat for the latter half. The Circle is sure to please fans of keyboard dominated progressive rock.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Dante Roberto

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tóth Bagi Band - Kell, Hogy Hazudj & Another Blues World – Now appearing in the Lounge at the Budapest Holiday Inn: the Tóth Bagi Band, performing a selection of blues standards and originals in a dance-floor-ready style, sure to please locals and visitors...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover

New album from The Wrong Object



Print issues