The music on this superb release by Italian guitarist
Continenza references the best of early fusion—for example, Weather Report and John McLaughlin’s
various incarnations—while simultaneously bringing
lots of fresh ideas to the table. Accompanied by an
array of extraordinary musicians—including hyper-bassist Michael Manring
and tenor/soprano sax maestro Bob Mintzer—Continenza’s electric and
nylon-string acoustic playing is unerringly elegant, tasteful, and appropriate,
with nary a trace of the showboating frequently associated with
fusion. Successfully balancing compositional sophistication with musical
accessibility, headiness with heartfeltness, is no mean feat—and Continenza
largely pulls it off. His cover of the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “One
Word” is also quite inventive, and provides a launching pad for a mind-blowing
solo that doesn’t sound anything like McLaughlin, but would likely
make him smile. Videoradio.
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