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!