Il Cerchio d'Oro - Il Viaggio di Colombo. 2008 Black Widow CD + LP
Il Cerchio d'Oro - Dedalo e Icaro. 2013 Black Widow CD + LP
Despite having a heritage that dates back to 1974, Il Cerchio d'Oro seem to be paying homage to the 90's Italian renaissance rather than the original 70s movement. Odd, given that many of their peers are looking back 20 years further. Il Cerchio d'Oro reminds me of bands such as Malibran, Barrock, and Nuova Era. In my estimation, certainly better than the former two but not quite up to the standard of the latter. The analog instrumentation isn't convincing, the drums are more rock oriented rather than jazz, and "Dedalo e Icaro" definitely has that bright, digital sound. All the same, there's no doubting that Il Cerchio d'Oro plays in the classic Italian style. The constant thematic shifts within each composition, the lengthy instrumental interludes, and the rough hewn vocals (in Italian of course) all underscore the region's characteristics. There are better albums from Italy being created now, but Il Cerchio d'Oro's sophomore release is no slouch. Conditionally recommended to fans of the style. Of which I'm one.
I have not heard their debut. They also have some archival recordings from the 70s that appear to be lackluster, if other reviews/ratings are to be interpreted correctly.