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Fabrizio Sotti Trio: Forty

Read "Forty" reviewed by James Nadal

As jazz guitar continues to evolve with the introduction of modern influences, some of the more distinguished players are going back to basics. Acknowledged as a remarkable accompanist who can cross genres at will, Fabrizio Sotti has also established himself as genuine guitar stylist. Forty is his fourth release as leader, which represents not only a milestone in his age, but a continuous dedication to refining his craft. This is a departure from previous recordings on which Sotti ...

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Fabrizio Sotti: Right Now

Read "Right Now" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Jazz guitarist, songwriter, and pop producer Fabrizio Sotti has been involved with the music industry at all levels throughout his career, offering his varied talents in all genres of music. The 2013 release Right Now is the culmination of his years of experience, diverse musical interests, and accumulation of talented collaborators. Not a typical jazz album, Right Now offers jazz-flavored interpretations of songs from the pop music repertoire. The core group consists of Sotti on guitar, bassist Tony ...

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Fabrizio Sotti: Right Now

Read "Right Now" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Right Now consolidates the many different threads that Italian songwriter, guitarist and producer Fabrizio Sotti has explored in his career and weaves them all into a singular, beautiful tapestry. Serving as arranger and producer, he divides Right Now into an even mix of jazzy, reflective originals and soft jazz reflections of songs by Bob Marley, U2 and Jimi Hendrix sung by an international vocal cast. Sotti's supple nylon, classical, acoustic and electric guitars are expertly caressed by bassist Tony Grey ...

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Fabrizio Sotti: The Key to Music

Read "Fabrizio Sotti: The Key to Music" reviewed by Fernando Rodriguez

Invited to perform at the 16th edition of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, this past November, guitarist Fabrizio Sotti was sitting on the beach in Cabarete, along the country's north coast, when this interview took place.Sottis' most recent release, Inner Dance (E1, 2010), was almost his third release, following the guitarist's This World Upside Down (BCI-Eclipse, 1999), but a hard drive crash on his computer scuttled what was to be his sophomore release, originally to be titled Against ...

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Fabrizio Sotti: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Great Album

Read "Fabrizio Sotti: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Great Album" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Recording a jazz album is never easy. Compared to most genres of music, where everything is prearranged and planned out ahead of time, there is a large amount of spontaneity when it comes to laying down a jazz record. Many times, the best takes are the least thought-about beforehand--the ones where improvisational magic just jumps out of every musician, where all the stars align and the music culminates in one of those special moments where high-level improvisation is captured on ...

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Fabrizio Sotti: Inner Dance

Read "Inner Dance" reviewed by John Barron

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, ...

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Fabrizio Sotti: Inner Dance

Read "Inner Dance" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Guitarist and composer Fabrizio Sotti dedicates his album Inner Dance to two jazz greats, guitarist Wes Montgomery and organist Jimmy Smith. He presents a wide range of compositions, mostly in a low-key, mellow mood. He plays both acoustic and amplified guitars, and his main collaborator here is Sam Barsh on Hammond B-3 organ; their interplay is impeccable. With this record, the Italian-born Sotti comes back to jazz after an excursion the last few years into hip-hop, rock, ...


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