Europe continues to be a hot bed of cutting edge fusion and Italy's own Alessandro Benvenuti is at the top of his game. Allesandro gives a whole new meaning to the word 'fluid'! On his solo instrumental debut he is backed by a solid chops propelled group of Italian musicians, along with special guest guitarists Frank Gambale and Prashant Aswani. © Audiophile Imports, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.audiophileimports.com/shop/product.php?productid=20060
In today’s musical climate the idea of a new wave of stunning guitarists seems absurd (the scene died didn’t it?). But, as Alessandro Benvenuti proves on ‘Sonic Design’ – a revolution is coming. Alessandro Benvenuti has done it all; he’s a top clinician at the Guitar C.A.P. section of the International Music Institute in Rome (www.imionline.it), session guitarist for Circe Digital Studios, columnist for Axe Magazine and most importantly writer of a fabulous debut CD ‘Sonic Design’ . Benvenuti’s guitar style is best described as effortless. Every track on ‘Sonic Design’ is crammed with imaginative and super smooth legato lines, contrasted to wonderful effect by a highly percussive and advanced hybrid\finger picking style. Benvenuti has developed these ideas to seamlessly weave virtuosi textures into his already musically rich compositions. It’s clear within Benvenuti’s world technical ability never overshadows the melody or direction of the song (aspiring shredders take note!). It’s also worth mentioning Benvenuti’s masterful touch, he always sounds musical and in total control (check out the fluid lines on Golden Cage). Benvenuti has spent a great deal of time in writing an eclectic but cohesive mix of songs, (I’m almost tempted to say ‘tunes’ because the melodies found on this album are extremely catchy) and the styles swing comfortably between heady Jazz fusion and lighter Rock Fusion (‘Eternal Dream’ teeters on the very brim of ballad). To inject a bit more variety into the proceedings, top US rock fusionier (yes…I made that up) Prashant Aswani and Aussie guitar god Frank Gambale contribute guest solos (Gambale features twice, playing on ‘Eternal Dream’ and ‘EgoCentric’. Aswani drops in to trade lines on ‘10km More’). The result isn’t quite the disastrous shred fest you might expect. Both players compliment Benvenuti’s songs with consummate taste and Aswani especially, fires out some supercharged lines. Hearing Benvenuti jam it out with these guys serves as a great insight into his liquid improvisational skill. It also gives us an intriguing glimpse into the prospect of ‘JAM’, a mouth watering collaborative project featuring Benvenuti, Milan Polak, and Joel Rivard. Check out http://www.liquidnoterecords.co.uk for more info. I personally find it inspiring to see ‘Sonic Design’ generate such a great reaction from guitar fans and critics alike (the album has recently been picked up for distribution by Tower Records). It is a reminder that talent and great songs can still make an impact and be relevant in our generic, sterile musical climate. Back in Benvenuti’s native Italy, it’s easy to see why he’s becoming a fleet fingered phenomenon.[ Extract from essentialguitarist.com by & S © Simon Badham © http://mclub.wordpress.com/2006/04/22/alessandro-benvenuti-%E2%80%98sonic-design%E2%80%99/
Sonic_Design represents a strong statement in Rock Fusion guitar world. This CD can be described as an eclectic but cohesive mix of songs. The styles swings comfortably between heady Jazz Fusion and lighter Rock Fusion with extremely catchy melodies. Benvenuti' s guitar style is best described as effortless. Every track on Sonic Design is crammed with imaginative and super smooth legato lines, contrasted to wonderful effect by a highly percussive and advanced hybridfinger picking style. It' sclear within Benvenuti' s world technical ability never overshadows the melody or direction of the song. It' s also worth mentioning Benvenuti' s masterful touch, he always sounds musical and in total control. In addition to Benvenuti' s incredible technical skill and energy, the CD features high-powered guest guitarists, such as the world-renowned Frank Gambale (Chick Corea, Vital Information) on two tracks and the amazing Prashant Aswani (Greg Howe, Herbie Hancock) on one track. - http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/3694129/alessandro_benvenuti_-_2002_-_sonic_design__(fusion)_mp3___192
A good dynamic all-instrumental guitar based fusion album from the Italian guitarist, Alessandro Benvenuti. Frank Gambale plays on tracks 2 & 4, and Prashant Aswani plays on Track 7. Read more about this album @ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/benvenuti [Tracks @ 192-256 Kbps: File size = 79.7 Mb]
1 The Sense of Change 4:57
2 Eternal Dream 5:22
3 Time Has Come 4:33
4 EgoCentric 4:51
5 The Golden Cage 5:02
6 7 Reasons to Love Her 5:59
7 10 Km More 5:51
8 Jama' 5:14
All tracks composed by Alessandro Benvenuti except "Jama'" by Gian Marco Benvenuti
Alessandro Benvenuti - Guitars
Frank Gambale - Second Guitar Solo on "Eternal Dream" : Left Channel & Guitar Solo on "EgoCentric"
Prashant Aswani - Right Channel & First Guitat Solo on "10 Km More"
Mirko Bellini - Bass
Gian Marco Benvenuti - Keyboards
Armando Croce - Drums
Pierpaolo Ferroni - Drums on "Time Has Come"