Napoli Centrale

Napoli Centrale were formed by the nucleus of The Showmen (2) after the band's split, when James Senese and Franco Del Prete (2), along with American keyboardist Mark Harris and English bass player Anthony R. Walmsley veered toward a personal blend of jazz-rock and popular music leaving any traces of prog behind them.
With lyrics sung in Neapolitan dialect, the first single Campagna became a hit. The six-track debut album was in a similar style, the strong lyrics dealing with social problems while the music was sometimes very original.
After the LP release, bassist Tony Walmsley left the band to join the reformed Il Rovescio Della Medaglia, and was soon followed by Mark Harris.
They were replaced by keyboardist Pippo Guarnera and various bass players, Pino Daniele (for a brief period before his solo debut), Bruno Limone, Giovanni Ferla and the last one the Trinidad born Kelvin Bullen. This line-up had a good live activity, with a couple of important concerts, in Rome opening for Weather Report and the Duke-Cobham Band, and later at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, then they broke up at the end of 1975.
A second album was released in 1976, with help from many well-known session musicians among which drummers Bruno Biriaco (Perigeo), Agostino Marangolo (Flea and Goblin), and Marvin "Bugalu" Smith, and was in the same style as the first LP.
Third album came in 1977, with the founding duo helped by other musicians, and was more jazz-oriented than their previous works. Among the band musicians in these years were keyboardist Ciro Ciscognetti from Fabio Celi E Gli Infermieri and a young Pino Daniele on bass, later a popular solo artist. Even the previous keyboardist, Pippo Guarnera, who in 1976 had joined Eugenio Finardi's band, played on Qualcosa ca nun more.
After the band split James Senese started a solo career with the first two albums in 1983-84, while both him and Del Prete were very active as session musicians.
Keyboardist Mark Harris, still living in Italy, has launched his own record label, Saint Rock, to promote new Italian artists (see link below).
A revamped line-up of Napoli Centrale was created by James Senese in the late 80's, with Savio Riccardi (keyboards), Gigi De Rienzo (bass) and Agostino Marangolo (drums). This line-up released two albums, Jesceallah in 1992, including reworkings of early tracks, and 'Ngazzate nire in 1994. Another album followed in 2001, entitled Zitte! Sta venenn' 'o mammone.
From 2007 on, the albums released by Senese begin to appear as JNC James Napoli Centrale, placing herewith solo and group works under one roof!



RIK 76159 Napoli Centrale - Napoli Centrale album art Napoli Centrale Napoli Centrale (Album) Ricordi RIK 76159 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
RIK 76187 Napoli Centrale - Mattanza album art Napoli Centrale Mattanza (Album) Ricordi RIK 76187 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
RIK 76224 Napoli Centrale - Qualcosa Ca Nu' Mmore album art Napoli Centrale Qualcosa Ca Nu' Mmore (Album) Ricordi RIK 76224 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
CD BAR 40592 Napoli Centrale - Jesceallàh album art James Senese / Napoli Centrale James Senese / Napoli Centrale - Jesceallàh(CD, Album) Blue Angel (3) CD BAR 40592 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
CD FDM 70494 Napoli Centrale - 'Ngazzate Nire album art Napoli Centrale 'Ngazzate Nire(CD, Album) Blue Angel (3) CD FDM 70494 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
503051 2 Napoli Centrale - Zitte! Sta Arrivanne 'O Mammone album art Napoli Centrale Zitte! Sta Arrivanne 'O Mammone(CD, Album) PDG (2) 503051 2 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
none Napoli Centrale - Pajsà album art jnc James Napoli Centrale* Pajsà(CD, Album) Fox & Friends none Italy 2007 Sell This Version
RNR 128554132-2 Napoli Centrale - 'O Sanghe album art JNC* 'O Sanghe (Album) River Nile Records RNR 128554132-2 Italy 2016 Sell This Version
RMCD 4155 Napoli Centrale - Napoli Centrale Featuring James Senese album art Napoli Centrale Napoli Centrale Featuring James Senese (Album) Replay Music (2) RMCD 4155 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SRL 10756 Napoli Centrale - Campagna album art Napoli Centrale Campagna(7") Ricordi SRL 10756 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
SRL 10806 Napoli Centrale - Simme Iute E Simme Venute / Chi Fa L'Arte E Chi S'Accatta album art Napoli Centrale Simme Iute E Simme Venute / Chi Fa L'Arte E Chi S'Accatta(7", Promo) Ricordi SRL 10806 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
0100581000 Napoli Centrale - Il Popolo Dei Cartoni album art Napoli Centrale Il Popolo Dei Cartoni(CD, Single) PDG (2) 0100581000 Italy 2001 Sell This Version


88697420062 Napoli Centrale - Cammenanne (1975/1978 La Raccolta) album art Napoli Centrale Cammenanne (1975/1978 La Raccolta)(CD, Comp) RCA, Sony Music 88697420062 Italy 2009 Sell This Version