idea behind Passione &
Musica is a journey
into different music styles inspired by a passionate love for music throughout
Italian guitarist Enrico Rosa's compositions and arrangements. Five of
his songs are performed on classical guitar, two on Western, while two feature
clean electric guitar ("Classical
Feel", recorded live at
Kolding Musical Institute in Denmark, and "The
Kite", a jazz ballad
composed in memory of the great Thad Jones).
The acoustic pieces include "Sunset",
a passionate solo performance, "Livorno
1973", a relaxed
conversation between two guitars inspired by reminiscences of Italy, and "Italian
Irish", a guitar ballad
that ends as a lively tarantella.
Odd bars like two interpretations of 11/4 are a part of the CD.
11/4 in a funky way with melody and solo on acoustic western guitar while the
bass played by Torben B. Bjørnskov creates the funky feeling and a great
solo all perfectly gathered by Frank on percussion and Sass on
4 "Odd Walk"
a sweet, easy sounding melody on a 11/4 sounding almost like a Jazz Waltz.
Talking about Waltz? Track 1:
Waltzing at ease,
is a cheerful jazz waltz with a bit of country flavor, featuring an electric
bass solo and the acoustic guitar forming the theme.
Passione & Musica is a great introduction to the recorded work of Rosa -
who has been educated in both the classical and jazz fields, and who has
recorded in studios since 1970.
ENRICO ROSA is a lyrical
guitarist who plays all original tunes on his solo/quartet album PASSIONE &
MUSICA (Dore2 recorded in Kolding Denmark).
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He sends a ringing
cheerful tone through the air on either his classical, western, and electric
instrument much the way Larry Coryell express himself. The music has its
roots in Folk and appears to blend the cultural aspects of his Italian
heritage with that of Northern European countries where he has lived and taught.
Elements of Rock with a leaning toward the funky side are occasionally present
in his happy sound, as are the fundamendals of Classical
Accompanying him on four tracks (five cuts are solos) are
Torben Bøtker Bjørnskov, bas, el. bas; Matin Alexandr Sass, el
piano, organ, piano; and Frank Thøgersen, perc. drums.
Rosa creates delightful pictures with his tunes, wich always
appear to show the pleasant side of life (Waltzing at ease / Livorno 1973 /
Tapum / Odd Walk / Sunset /The Kite / Italian Irish /Dolcemente / Classic
Bassist Torben Bjørnskov is impressive when given the
starring role, and Sass adds light touches while Rosa fills in all the space
with his lovely phrasing.
Rosa's combining of Italian and Irish
influences into a form of the Tarantella on one tune is an excellent example of
his deft touch.
He uses the time on the short recording to
promote his pristine sound and talent quite effectively.
page 28 of
Cadence Magazine (USA) September 2002.
(CadNor LTD, Cadence Building, Redwood, NY 13679 PHONE:
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