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Alberto Rigoni: Bassorama (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland

I recently reviewed Alberto’s latest album, and it was only after I had written it that I realised that his previous album was in my backlog awaiting review as well (my backlog is definitely moving in the right direction, but it is painfully slow – but I will review everything I have ever been sent! Serves me right for taking time off to write my book). Given how much I enjoyed the most recent one, not, I thought I really ought to get this one out of the way as well. Unlike the most recent, this is a collection of eleven short instrumentals, and when it started with the incredibly cheesy “Bass Guy” and the cheesy talking I was planning the panning I was going to give it. But, to say it improved from there on in is something of an understatement.

Pretty much everything I criticised on ‘EvoRevolution’ is given a whole new lease of life on this, and instead of being an album I was dreading, instead I discovered that this was an album filled with life, joy, vitality and incredible playing. To say that he can play bass is a little like saying that Van Gogh could paint a little, and here he has combined his skills on the five-string to make something that is immensely musical, listenable, and totally enjoyable. Fusion, fun, jazz and funk, all combining in the hands of a master. This was his fifth solo album, and I am now starting to wonder if the others were like this, or more like his newest (did I say how much I didn’t like that?). This is not an album just for bass aficionados, but for all those who enjoy strong jazz infused rock funk music. I was pleasantly surprised.

Rating: 7/10

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Track list:
1. Bass Guy
2. BASSORAMA
3. Mad Tex
4. Doctor Who
5. Free Your Mind
6. The Alien
7. Elements
8. Dressed To Kill
9. FutureFunk
10. Funk Me Fender
11. Wanna B.

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Links:
http://www.albertorigoni.net/
http://www.prideandjoy.de/

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