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Lou Volpe: Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes

Read "Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth (December 12th 1915) and as expected, there have been many tributes to the Chairman of the Board but perhaps, none as unique as the instrumental homage by guitarist Lou Volpe on the splendid Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes: (Songs of Sinatra). Why? Because Volpe's finger-picking lyrical style and expressive phrasings succeeds in presenting a vocal instrument of sorts as the guitar “sings" the melody in the same fashion Sinatra voiced ...

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Lou Volpe: Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes

Read "Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Ol' Blue Eyes, of course, is the late Frank Sinatra, arguably the greatest interpreter of popular American music who ever lived. Guitarist Lou Volpe (who doesn't sing) remembers Sinatra on this entertaining assortment of thirteen tunes associated with the Chairman of the Board (and leader of the Rat Pack) plus a special tribute, “Europa," which closes the album. Why the guitar, and not the voice? As noted, Volpe's no singer, and the reasoning behind the encomium is ...

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Lou Volpe: Here and Now

Read "Here and Now" reviewed by Nic Jones

Lou Volpe is a guitarist who, in the mold of George Benson and Pat Martino has the groove down pat, but with the harmonic and melodic sensibilities to put a personal stamp on all his flights. He's worked with the likes of Chet Baker, Herbie Hancock and Roberta Flack, bringing all of that experience to Here and Now. Comfort in his zone might imply predictability, but what Volpe does is timeless, with “Prince Charming" encapsulating what makes ...

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Lou Volpe: Hear And Now

Read "Hear And Now" reviewed by Jack Huntley

Lou Volpe is a seasoned session and touring guitarist who has backed a litany of music luminaries. On Hear And Now, he steps out into the spotlight and fills center stage with his melodic, infection playing. Backed by a superb cast of musicians, Volpe's playing straddles the line between classic jazz guitar and a more exuberant, blues-rock style. The beauty of Volpe's work is how he moves effortlessly between the two without tipping his hand. Where Volpe goes, the ear ...


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