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Showing posts with label Fabrizio Poggi. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Luca Burgalassi - On The Other Side Of The Water - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, On The Other Side Of The Water, from Luca Burgalassi and it's a cool, laid back fusion of blues, country, folk and jazz. Opening with title track On The Other Side Of The Water, Luca Burgalassi presents a soft, rich melodies and harmonies accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica, with Dave Hufstedler on bass, Gianni Apicella on drums and Valentina Sorberra on backing vocals. Soothing. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Blues In My Mind with a James Taylor like style. Trading electric guitar riffs with Franco Ceccanti gives the track an extra kick. Very nice. On Broken Heart Blues, a solid shuffle track, Burgalassi shares the mic with Resa Gibbs who adds real spice. Backing by Jackie Merritt on harmonica and Dave Hufstedler on bass gives the track texture. Easy flowing electric jazz number, Minor and Major Change has a real nice sway and understated but charged electric guitar soloing by Burgalassi and Ceccanti.Very nice. Wrapping the release is I've Got The Blues For Christmas, a clever pop track with a memorable melody, smooth instrumentation and featuring Fabrizio Poggi on harmonica. This is a smooth release with a lot of warm tracks. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

M.C. Records artists: Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi - Sonny & Brownie's Last Train - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Sonny & Brownie's Last Train, by Guy Davis &  Fabrizio Poggi. This is a full helping of traditional style acoustic blues featuring Guy Davis on vocal and guitar and Fabrizio Poggi on harmonica. Opening with the Davis penned title track, Sonny & Brownie's Last Train, Davis sets a snappy guitar rhythm, singing and accompanying himself on guitar. On Robert Pete Williams' Louise Louise, Guy slips into Williams' shoes and sings one of my favorite tracks on the release, with underlying harp and guitar. Very nice. On Sonny Terry classic, Hooray Hooray These Women Is Killing Me, Davis really captures the spirit of Sonny with his enthusiasm and Poggi's soulful harp.  On Big Joe Williams' Baby Please Don't Go Back To New Orleans, Davis really digs in for a super guitar intro and Davis and Poggi's work are tops.  On Elizabeth Cotten's Freight Train, Davis and Poggi stay with the theme of this release performing a tight rendition of Cotten's trademark tune. On Brownie McGee original, Evil Hearted Me, Davis delivers on vocal and Poggi harp  for another of my favorites on the release.  Written by Sonny, Brownie and Brownies wife Ruth, Walk On is Brownie and Ruth's tune and a perfect track to cement the cohesion of the pair. Wrapping the release  is Midnight Special, well known track performed by many performers. Davis's vocals and guitar is tight and Poggi's harp work is vibrant giving this track the perfect feel as a closer.



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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Guy on the Rise!


Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi's Sonny & Brownie's Last Train
No. 1 On Roots Music Report!

Right On Reviews Coming In
Northport NY - Media and radio have taken quite a shine to Sonny & Brownie's Last Train by the Ambassador of the Blues, Guy Davis and international harmonica sensation Fabrizio Poggi. The homage to Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, released on March 24, is becoming one of the most celebrated acoustic releases of 2017.

Sonny & Brownie's Last Train is currently no. 1 for the second week in a row on The Roots Music Reports Top 50 Acoustic Blues Albums.  Click the logo to see the entire chart.


Also, very proud that Sonny & Brownie's Last Train was the no. 23 album for the month of March on the 900 station Folk DJ list, even though most stations had not received it until the second week of March. You can see the entire list here,  http://folkradio.org/

For the past week, stations that broadcast the syndicated radio program Music City Roots have been playing a performance that Guy & Fabrizio recorded in late March. If you missed it, you can click the photo of Guy & show host, Jim Lauderdale and listen to it now.

                                           
In more good news, last week Geoffrey Himes of Paste reviewed the show that Guy and Fabrizio performed  in Nashville. You can read it here, https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/03/road-music-chapter-twelve-nashville-tennessee.html
   
We've received many outstanding reviews so far for Sonny & Brownie's Last Train here's a sampling:
This is a fond look back to the music of the Piedmont blues icons, harmonica ace Sonny Terry and acoustic guitarist Brownie McGhee.   Elmore Magazine   

You'll be doing yourself a disservice by not immediately purchaing this first-rate record
American Blues Scene

Davis and Poggi’s homage to the acoustic blues greats features some great licks, with a selection
of classic blues tunes
Twangville

Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train is as close as anyone living in the 21st Century will get to enjoying Terry and McGhee in concert. If you love the old masters like I do – or simply are just curious about the way they truly sounded in concert – pick this one up today. It’s Sonny and Brownie live – and taken to another level.   BluesBlast Magazine

This set is raw, primitive, and powerful -
Don & Sheryl's Blues Blog                     

On March 24, M.C. Records released Sonny & Brownie’s Last Trai
n by the Ambassador of the Blues, Guy Davis and international harmonica sensation Fabrizio Poggi. The deep, acoustic blues sessions took place in Milan Italy and were recorded live in the studio. The result captured the special musical connection that Guy and Fabrizio possess from the years of playing and recording together. You can also listen and download the new release with lyrics via Airplay Direct by clicking the cover.

                                            

Guy Davis explains the concept of the recording, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry were two musicians whose work will not be surpassed, let alone improved on. This musical opus, was produced by Fabrizio Poggi. It features our combined musical talents, and is not meant to compete with the originals. It’s meant to be a love letter to Brownie and Sonny signed by the both of us. They were two of my favorites.
This is highly recommended! - Making A Scene
                                          
Selected Guy Tour Dates - All of his dates can be found at http://guydavis.com/wp/tour/

APRIL
04/04/17 - Cambridge, MA - Regatta Bar - With Fabrizio Poggi, harmonica.
04/04/17 - 04/05/17 - Boston, MA - Berklee College of Music
04/07/17 - Halifax NS - Atlantica Hotel - Canada - With Fabrizio Poggi, harmonica
04/08/17 - Charlottetown, PEI - Pour House- Canada - With Fabrizio Poggi Harmonica
04/09/17 - 04/10/17 - Fredericton,New Brunswick - Fredericton Playhouse – Canada
04/11/17
Tuckerton, NJ  
Lizzie Rose Music Room - With Fabrizio Poggi Harmonica

04/12/17
Newark, NJ
Clement’s Place / NJ Institute of Jazz
 - With Fabrizio Poggi Harmonica
04/13/17 - Birchmere – Alexandria VA - Co bill w/ Samantha Fish
04/14/17         Philadelphia, PA      Philadelphia Folk Song Society - With Fabrizio Poggi Harmonica
04/15/17 - North County High School -  Glen Burnie, PA
04/28/17 - 04/29/17 - Grooves & Blues Guadalajara -  Mexico

MAY
05/20/17         New Holland, PA     Spring Gulch Folk Festival With Mark Murphy, Professor Louie, Gary Burke.

JUNE
06/04/17         Orangeville, Ontario            Orangeville Blues & Jazz   Canada
06/08/17 - 06/11/17 Winnipeg, Manitoba            Winnipeg International Children’s Festival        Canada
06/16/17 - 06/18/17 Croton-on-Hudson, NY      Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival        
06/23/17         Bellinzona     Bellinzona Blues     Switzerland                                     
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Guy Coming March 24!

On March 24, M.C. Records To Release
Sonny & Brownie's Last Train
By Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi
Northport NY – On March 24, M.C. Records will proudly release Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train by the Ambassador of the Blues, Guy Davis and international harmonica sensation Fabrizio Poggi. The deep, acoustic blues sessions took place in Milan Italy and were recorded live in the studio. The result captured the special musical connection that Guy and Fabrizio possess from the years of playing and recording together.
The release will be available digitally, on CD and vinyl! The first time Guy has a released a recording on vinyl! Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train marks the 14th recording by Guy Davis in his storied career and his third with M.C. Records. His first “Juba Dance” was produced by Fabrizio Poggi and also recorded in Italy.
Guy Davis explains the concept of the recording, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry were two musicians whose work will not be surpassed, let alone improved on. This musical opus, was produced by Fabrizio Poggi. It features our combined musical talents, and is not meant to compete with the originals. It’s meant to be a love letter to Brownie and Sonny signed by the both of us. They were two of my favorites.

                                             
1. SONNY AND BROWNIE'S LAST TRAIN                                               6. TAKE THIS HAMMER (4.08)
2. LOUISE, LOUISE (4.50)                                                                            7. GOIN' DOWN SLOW (5.24)
3. HOORAY, HOORAY THESE WOMEN IS KILLING ME (2.56)             8. FREIGHT TRAIN (3.00)
4. SHORTNIN' BREAD (3.35)                                                                        9. EVIL HEARTED ME (4.13)
5. BABY PLEASE DON'T GO BACK TO NEW ORLEANS (4.52)             10. STEP IT UP AND GO (2.28)
                                             

Guy Davis On Tour
For all of Guy's dates go to http://guydavis.com/wp/tour/

01/13/17 - Sahuarita, AZ - Border Issues Fair

01/14/17 - Sahuarita, AZ - Common Ground on the Border

01/22/17 - 01/29/17  - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Legendary Blues Cruise - With Fabrizio Poggi, harmonica

02/03/17 - 02/04/17  - Queens, NY - Flushing Arts Council

02/08/17 - 02/12/17  - Boquete - Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival - Panama

03/18/17 - Windsor, CT - Northwest Park Nature Center - With Fabrizio Poggi, harmonica.

03/23/17  - Glen Cove - Page One - With Fabrizio Poggi, harmonica

03/24/17  - Saratoga Springs, NY - Caffe Lena - With Fabrizio Poggi, harmonica.

03/25/17  - Bethlehem, PA - Blast Furnace Blues Festival - with Fabrizio Poggi, harmonica.

03/30/17  - New London, NH - Flying Goose Brew Pub - With Fabrizio Poggi, harmonica.


                                                    
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