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Gianfranco Continenza


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.41 | 6 ratings

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3 stars Pleasant, 12 of a dozen effort.

No, I don't mean to knock the musicianship, it's just hardly anything that stands out of this otherwise credible delivery. Nothing really memorable that I'd want to listen to again.

Whilst the musicians do play well, the compositions are quite average and lets face it - boring. Rather unusual for an Italian artist to embrace the US approach to Fusion of contorted rhythms and melodies speckled with good runs on the individual instruments. Very different to the British Jazz-Rock of largely riff based blistering improvisations - which is generally my preference.

A Holdsworth influence is obvious here, but really, these days every other man and his dog are doing that - ad nauseum. The inclusion of Bill Evans (saxes) may be a good PR move (he played with Miles Davis at some stage) alas, I am still having nightmares after Evans' collaboration with John McLaughlin some decades ago. The one that turned two "Mahavishnu" albums into pitiful clones of the weakest excesses in skillful mediocricity that Weather Report ever produced. In all fairness, Evans plays quite well on the tenor here, but I just can't shake those memories that still haunt my senses.

My conclusion is that the skills on display are pretty good. The album itself - as long as I have choices - remains rather forgettable and average.

BORA | 3/5 |


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