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Fabrizio Sotti: Inner Dance (2010)

By Published: April 30, 2010
Fabrizio Sotti: Inner Dance 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
Mike Stern
Mike Stern
b.1953
guitar
, 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
Claudia Acuna
Claudia Acuna

vocalist
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Organist Sam Barsh and drummers Victor Jones and Mino Cinelu
Mino Cinelu
Mino Cinelu
b.1957
percussion
keep pace with Sotti, providing a rock-solid foundation for the guitarist to build on. Special guest Gregoire Maret
Gregoire Maret
Gregoire Maret
b.1975
harmonica
delivers a first-rate harmonica solo on the title track, weaving effortlessly through the tune's waltz tempo funk.

With an abundance of infectious grooves and catchy hooks, Inner Dance proves to be a listener-friendly affair with Sotti staking claim as a guitarist with whom to be reckoned.


Track Listing: Blue Whisper; Kindness In Your Eyes; Inner Dance; I Thought So; Amancer; Brief Talk; Last Chance; Mr. T.M.; We Are What We Are.

Personnel: Fabrizio Sotti: electric guitar (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 ) acoustic guitar (2, 5, 9); Sam Barsh: organ (1-8); Victor Jones: drums (1, 2, 4, 6, 8); Mino Cinelu: percussion/drums (3, 5, 7); Claudia Acuna: vocal (5); Gregoire Maret: harmonica (3).

Record Label: E1 Music

Style: Modern Jazz



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