Electro-fi (ELECTRO 3427)
For someone who has learnt from, and played with, some of the best and most successful contemporary blues guitarists, it is no surprise that Enrico has matured into one of the most convincing and varied axemen now around. From Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Sean Costello, Buddy Guy, Junior Kimbrough and more, Enrico has clearly picked up lots of tricks and styles along the way and is now successfully transferring all he has learnt into his own albums. His last CD (2009's Mojo Zone - ELECTRO3411) was enthusiastically reviewed in one of our earlier catalogues and was much loved by many Red Lick customers.
Thankfully, the follow-up is now available and, its another corker.
As before, its an all-instrumental album recorded in Italy comprising twelve stunning guitar-led tracks. Enrico is nothing if not eclectic and this is a highly diverse set, displaying a wide range of styles, influences and approaches. For most of it, Enrico's fat blues guitar riffs and stinging lead fills are the dominant forces but the supporting band often take the spotlight, especially when Pietro Taucher's excellent keyboards tuck in to a few of the slower jazz tinged tracks.
The album takes in storming blues rock workouts, a nimble romp through Earl Hooker's Universal Rock and a shimmering jazz take on Duke Ellington's In A Sentimental Mood. Another highlight is the laid-back vibe of Forever Free (For Gregg And Duane) clearly a tribute to the Allman Brothers.
Every track has something different to commend it and Enrico seems able to turn his guitar to anything he likes. Fortunately, what he likes is gorgeous blues guitar lead, punchy blues rock riffs and a tasteful and loving approach to his craft
If you think an all-instrumental guitar album can't hold your attention for 76 minutes, this is the CD to change your mind.
Review Date: April 2012