Peppino D’Agostino

Made in Italy [Mesa/Blue Moon]

Fingerstyle monster Peppino D’Agostino works his magic again on this collection of tunes, many of which feature lyrics sung in Italian. D’Agostino’s gorgeous steel-string timbres are present in abbondanza, with woody, pianistic textures (as well as kickass fingerpicking) in “Ancora un Instante” and righteous jangle in “O Sole Mio.” “Uno Sguardo nel Passato” takes you directly to Italia with its accordion and pizzicato strings that accompany the lush acoustic tones. In fact, the blend between D’Agostino’s guitar and the other instruments—including great mandolin work from Mike Marshall—is perfect throughout. Che bello!
—Matt Blackett