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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Born Electric - Davide Pannozzo & Loud Stuff - New Release Review

I came across Davide Pannozzo about 6 months or so ago when I was looking for talent and I was blown away. I have been awaiting this cd which he told me at the time he was working on and it's killer. Now it's not straight blues, but it has a lot of blues and Davide is a very accomplished guitar player. If you like guitars, you should love this recording. In any case, here's my review of Born Electric, the new release by Davide Pannozzo & Loud Stuff.Davide Pannozzo - Guitar & Vocal, Claudio Romano - Drums
Lello Somma - Bass with Special Guest: Robben Ford, David Garfield, Carl Verheyen and Pippo Guarnera. Who Cares is a light jazzy track with guest appearance by Guarnera. It takes a while to get to it, but Davide plays some extremely tasty riffs at the bridge. It appears that this song will be the airplay song. Stone Marten Blues, again with Guarnera guesting, is a driving blues with a modern flair. Davide shows his chops with an extended solid solo which has some pretty cool jazz and blues riffs throughout. A very strong track. Woman's Love, featuring David Garfield, is constructed like a soul ballad. Pannozzo again stretches his wings with a very tasty guitar solo. You won't find these riffs on most of your run of the mill blues albums...believe me. Walkin' In LA is a hot fusion instrumental. It has a very unusual rhythm pattern and one of my favorites on the cd. This tune gives the band a real opportunity to improvise and away they go. Think Robben Ford or Larry Carlton. You Never Know Me Well is an airplay oriented track featuring Robben Ford. As you might expect with two world class guitar players on one track there are some very tasty solo's on this track. Each has his own distinct sound and style and it's relatively easy to discern their exchange. Goin' On is a quiet ballad with slide accompaniment. The Wind Cries Mary featuring Garfield, is given a very interesting twist with vocal harmonies and and an active bass line. The guitar solo has a little more funky take on it that you have probably ever thought of on this track but it is very cool. Always been partial to this song and Pannozzo has done a great job. The instrumental portion of this song is really interesting featuring each of the accomplished band members. Once again Pannozzo demonstrates that he's no slouch on guitar. Turning Point, featuring Carl Verheyen, takes more of a jazz approach. Again an instrumental with very strong bass and rhythm line. The guitar work on this track is a bit more experimental in nature and is sure to quench your thirst for quick tasty jazz runs as well as obtuse wailing soloing. I really like this track. Light My Way, again featuring Guarnera, has the r&b structure and actually puts me in mind of Johnny Guitar Watson quite a bit. The recording finishes out with Mr. Becks Brush With The Blues. Pannozzo doesn't just mimic Jeff's every note but makes it his own. This is a great modern blues jam and one I'm certain anyone who likes transitional blues will love. Pannozzo shows what he's got and he had a lot of great riffs up his sleeve. For a major artist like Davide to take on a guitar titan's tune and make it his own takes a lot of guts and Pannozzo really shines. This cd is a great listen and I'm certain that you will find it refreshing.
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