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Italian-born guitarist Fabrizio Sotti straddles the fence between straight-ahead jazz and pop-oriented instrumentals on Inner Dance, a muscular guitar extravaganza featuring Sotti's original compositions.
Sotti gives equal attention to electric and nylon string acoustic guitars throughout, striking a balance between chops-heavy showcases and reflective pieces with an emphasis on song structure. His electric playing has an aggressive punch, incorporating blazing, single-note runs with a rocked-up edge. At times, his style is reminiscent of fusion guitar giant Mike Stern
, with a hearty concoction of bebop, bluesy string bends and sustained high notes, especially on high energy pieces such as "I Thought So" and "Last Chance," a wild ride on rhythm changes.
With technique intact, Sotti demonstrates a more lyrical side with acoustic in hand. The classical-style influence brings out an effervescent flavor on the soulful ballad "Kindness in Your Eyes" and the floating "Amanecer," featuring the soothing vocal work of Claudia Acuna