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AHAM Cor­rado Rus­tici ✪✪✪✪✪

Cor­rado Rus­tici is a stag­ger­ingly good jazz-rock gui­tarist ap­pre­ci­ated by many in­clud­ing Frank Gam­bale and Al­lan Holdsworth. Aham is Cor­rado’s first stu­dio al­bum in 10 years and al­most ev­ery­thing per­formed is gui­tar based courtesy of ped­als and dig­i­tal plug-ins. It’s a re­fresh­ing lis­ten; while there are plenty of shred mo­ments (fast acous­tic pick­ing and rock legato on Roots Of Pro­gres­sion), it’s in­trigu­ing to hear the broad va­ri­ety of acous­tic and elec­tric tones that some­times sound like voices or orches­tra strings. Stylis­ti­cally, there are nods to Al­lan Holdsworth, Soft Ma­chine, Frank Zappa and early 70s fu­sion groups headed up by Tony Wil­liams or Narada Michael Walden. While largely an in­stru­men­tal al­bum (his lead tone is as liq­uidly emo­tive as Hold­worth’s), there is a won­der­ful acous­tic gui­tar-driven song per­formed by The Com­mit­ments’ An­drew Strong, Al­cove Of Stars. If you’re keen for a fresh vir­tu­oso gui­tar al­bum, this is one of 2016’s best!

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