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Alberto Rigoni - 2018 - "EvoRevolution"

(38:02, Alberto Rigoni)


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Italian composer and musician Alberto RIGONI has been a really busy creator for the past few years: With 7 solo albums to his name since 2008 that adds up to almost one new album each year. Especially impressive as he was a member of a band at the start there as well. "EvoRevolution" is his latest production, and will be available in the early summer of 2018. The main part of this album is the title track, clocking in at a bit above the half hour mark. Here Rigoni gets to showcase just how much you can use the bass as an instrument to accomplish, from delicate light toned notes to dark, twisted and expressive modes of delivery. Backed by the precise rhythms of Marco Minneman some breathtaking moments are conjured, especially when we have layers of bass guitar providing textures and sounds that are different and fill each other out. A tad too liberal use of sampled spoken voices, possibly as a replacement for regular vocals, becomes a slight detrimental feature however, and the song can be a bit too expressive for it's own good in places too. The second, shorter track is a much less challenging affair, with a playful spirit explored and enhanced by the bass guitars used as well as the drums. Positive and uplifting, with a good drive. Just how broadly this album will appeal remains an open question I guess. Fans of Rigoni will obviously know their visiting time, and outside of that crowd I'd suspect that the people who enjoyed Terry Bozzio and Billy Sheehan's album from a few years back may well find this one to be fascinating as well.

Olav "Progmessor" Bjornsen: May 27th, 2018


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