Jazz Guitar Talk
Friday, 4 January 2013
|Lorenzo Feliciati, Daniele Gottardo: Frequent Flyer|
Italy's Lorenzo Feliciati has been one of the best kept secrets on the European modern jazz scene for the past decade. On Frequent Flyer (RareNoiseRecords), his third solo outing, the Jaco Pastorius-inspired electric bassist fronts an all-star lineup that includes his Naked Truth bandmates -- Seattle trumpeter Cuong Vu (who has worked with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny), British jazz keyboardist Roy Powell and longtime King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto - along with Yellowjackets saxophonist-composer Bob Mintzer and a host of players on the Italian prog-rock-jazz scene including fellow electric bassist Patrick Djivas (of the group Premiata Forneria Marconi), keyboardist Aidan Zammit, Hammond organist José Fiorilli, violinist Andrea Di Cesare, guitarist Daniele Gottardo, drummers Lucrezio De Seta, Roberto Gualdi, Maxx Furian, Pier Paolo Ferroni, Stefano Bagnoli and Daniele Pomo, Peruvian percussionist Paolo La Rosa, and turntablist DJ Skizo.
An ambitious blend of jazz, prog-rock and nu-funk, Frequent Flyer is Feliciati's follow-up to Shizaru, Naked Truth's 2011 outing on RareNoise. From the ominous-sounding opener "The Fastwing Park Rules," featuring some urgent tenor sax blowing from Mintzer, to the kinetic "Riding the Orient Express" to the slow-grooving "The White Shadow Story," Feliciati distinguishes himself as an accomplished, forward-thinking composer and improviser of the highest caliber. His chops showcase, "Groove First," in which his burning basslines are accompanied by Powell's Fender Rhodes and La Rosa's percolating conga work, recalls Jaco Pastorius' fleet-fingered bass manifesto "Teen Town" (with a brief quote from Jimi Hendrix's "Power of Soul" along the way). "'Groove First' is the song I am most known for," says Feliciati. "So from this point of view, 'Groove First' is my 'Teen Town,' but mine is harmonically way simpler, though still pretty complicated to play sometimes, to tell the truth."
Elsewhere on Frequent Flyer, Feliciati turns in a rousing Afro-Cuban-infused rendition of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" with the leader carrying the familiar melody on fretless bass against a propulsive backdrop of drums and percussion. The mournful "Never Forget," which is underscored by Feliciati's warm, woody tones on electric upright bass, features the reverb-soaked trumpet work of Vu while the hard-grooving "Gabus and Ganabes" is a showcase for the wonderful violinist Di Cesare. He says the intricate, prog-rock showcase "Law and Order" was jointly inspired by King Crimson and Jeff Berlin. "King Crimson is one of my favorite bands and I always loved the classically influenced stuff that Jeff Berlin did back in the day with Bruford, so I was trying to incorporate some complicated bass stuff with a touch of prog-rock and a bit of classical flavor. There is also a quote from King Crimson's 'Red' in the middle of the song that you might be able to hear."
The King Crimson influence is more obvious on Feliciati's cover of their "Thela Hun Ginjeet" (from 1981's Discipline). "Playing with Pat Mastelotto helped me to discover the magic in some of the most complicated and strange-sounding King Crimson tunes," he explains. "'Thela Hun Ginjeet' was a song I always play at soundcheck, and during a music fair in Italy I did it with my good friends Roberto Gualdi on drums and Guido Block on vocals, and we were all enthusiastic about the way it turned out. So we decided to do it for my album because they are wonderful musicians, very good friends and we play together often. They fit perfectly in the Frequent Flyer format.
This hard-hitting project is a product of Feliciati's musical journeys over the years. As he explains, "I wanted to do an album with all the wonderful musicians I met during my traveling around for gigs, festivals and sessions. And actually the musicians that are in the Naked Truth band -- Pat Mastelotto, Cuong Vu and Roy Powell -- had already played on songs for Frequent Flyer before I asked them to form a band. It is strange but during Naked Truth's Shizaru sessions I never stopped to work on mixing Frequent Flyer, but as soon as the songs were finished I went from one project to the other. It has been a really busy moment of my life but it seems, seeing all the wonderful reviews that Shizaru had and hearing the final result of Frequent Flyer, I think I did a good job."
Essentially self-taught, Feliciati was drawn to the music of Led Zeppelin early on. By age 14, he gravitated to fretless electric bass after seeing Jaco Pastorius in concert with Weather Report during their Night Passage tour in 1982. "It was the last tour Jaco did with the band and one of my first live concerts. I had heard his first solo album in 1980 but seeing him that night changed my life. I discovered that you could be a bass player and still be the coolest cat on stage. All the eyes of the people in the audience were on Jaco that night. His playing was so powerful and full of joy. As a kid playing a bass, seeing Jaco -- in his top form and with the best band ever -- was a shock! But in years later, I came to appreciate Jaco for more than just his chops. I still see him first and foremost as a musician and composer. He was a genius in music, not only on the bass."
By age 20, he was playing blues-rock in clubs around Rome, but off stage he was discovering and analyzing the work of other influential fretless bass players like Mick Karn of Japan, Pino Palladino and Percy Jones along with the great fretted electric bassists Jeff Berlin and Victor Bailey. King Crimson also became a powerful influence on him in those formative years. Feliciati debuted as a leader in 2003 with Upon My Head on Schoots Records and followed up with 2006's Live at European Bass Day, recorded in Viersen, Germany. He has since appeared at Bass Day conventions in Verona, Italy and Manchester, England, sharing the stage with fellow bass monster Richard Bona, Linley Marthe and Dominique Di Piazza, among others. He has been spotlighted as "Bass Face of the Month" (February 2005) by the International Institute of Bassists and has conducted clinics at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tilburg and the Academy of Contemporary Music of London. Now, with the release of his brilliant Frequent Flyer, Feliciati's profile should make an incremental leap. As a player, composer and bandleader, he ranks among the heavyweights on the international bass scene. http://www.amazon.com/Frequent-Flyer-Lorenzo-Feliciati/dp/B007I6OWJY/
|Derek Sherinian,Shant Hagopian: Semantic Saturation - Solipsistic|
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Solipsistic is the debut album of the progressive metal project Semantic Saturation found by Shant Hagopian (guitars), featuring prog rock/metal icons Virgil Donati (drums), Ric Fierabracci (bass) and special guests; Derek Sherinian /ex-Dream Theater/ (keyboards) and Andy Kuntz /Vanden Plas/ (Vocals)
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Semantic Saturation - Solipsistic Album Teaser
Drummer Virgil Donati's new album, In This Life, is due out shortly and K2S is waiting fervently for it's release. Not only does it include one of the World's top drummers, it also has the incredible talents of keyboard player Alex Argento, guitar maestro Marco Sfogli (who K2S had the great pleasure of meeting just over a year ago) and amazing bass player Doug Shreeve. As a prelude to it finally being available a preview clip has been posted to SoundCloud and it sounds incredible. If you've been missing Planet X then this is for you. Check it out below:
Multinational Melodic Metaller's Eden's Curse have released the first episode from their fourth album studio video diaries.
Featuring guitarist Thorsten Koehne, drummer Pete Newdeck and bassist Paul Logue, it focuses primarily on the song writing sessions and in particular a new track called "Evil & Devine".
Eden's Curse - 4th Album - Studio Diary - Episode One
Joe Bonamassa is set to hit London in March, playing a series of dates which will celebrate his rise to music stardom.
The gifted guitarist will grace a range of venues, from The Borderline to the The Royal Albert Hall. VIP, seated and standing tickets will be available exclusively through Planet Rock from Monday 7 January.
To make sure you're there, be sure to log onto PLANET ROCK from 9am Monday!
Guitar Virtuoso Daniele Gottardo playing "Sunny" (by Bobby Hebb) during the Guitar Workshop/Masterclass @ Queens' Academy, Music Academy Isernia, Italy.
More videos and photos of the event are available on the HandEye Family Facebook page:
Daniele Gottardo jamming on Sunny (Shred/Fusion Guitar Lesson)
|Andy James: Psychic Transfusion|
PSYCHIC TRANSFUSION EP
Andy James is back with his brutal new Psychic Transfusion EP, released through our JTC Records label.
This EP contains four brand new tracks and hits you like a sledge-hammer from start to finish. Filled with blistering shred throughout, this is Andy playing at his mind-blowing best!
Andy teamed up with Alan 'Sacha' Laskow to create these immense tracks, and Avidity is also witness to an insane guest solo from the incredible Paul Wardingham.
If you like your metal hard-hitting, mixed with pure emotion and riffs that you won't be able to get out of your head, then this EP is right up your street.
Also available, the backings with TAB and the deluxe edition including the full EP, Backings and TAB.
WHAT YOU GET
Full EP in high quality 320K
Video Performance of Vortex Mind
*EXCLUSIVE* Andy James 'Vortex Mind' Full track Performance at Jamtrackcentral.com
Daniele Gottardo playing Marrakesh Market during the Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet festival in Haarlem the Netherlands. Special appearances by Martin Miller (guitar), Franck Hermanny (bass), Atma Anur (drums), Federico Solazzo (keys).
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Daniele Gottardo - Marrakesh Market (live in Haarlem 2011)
The new San Francisco show is coming... if you are in the Bay area... check it out
Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet Concert
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
333 11th Street, San Francisco, California 94103
Not Dead Yet Concert...
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Vartan Mkhitaryan - guitar
Andrey Golodukhin - drums
Ric Fierabracci - bass
Music by Andrey Golodukhin/Vartan Mkhitaryan
Mixed and mastered by Ric Fierabracci
Post Factum Project - When The Zombies Go Marching In
Music by Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
Recorded and mixed by Oleg Moroz
Mastered by George Whitty
Post Factum Project - Holiday Blessings
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