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DAVIDE PANNOZZO - Unconditional Love (Independent)

Davide Pannozzo | Unconditional Love


Now  here’s an album very much on the borderline between blues and rock - but don’t make the mistake of confusing that with blues-rock, apart from the opener maybe and one or two other places. Davide seems to have a strong 70s influence, at least on the evidence of this album; there is a relatively smooth feel to much of the music here, an electric piano sound straight out of that decade, and something of a jazz-funk approach occasionally. Davide relocated from Italy to New York to make this album, with drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Will Lee also sharing production duties between themselves.It gives the album a very distinctive approach, often with nifty, tightly controlled guitar breaks, though ‘Chasing Illusions’ is akin to a rocker’s version of the Mississippi hill country blues. Davide is a good singer - listen to the West Coast rock meets reggae flavour of ‘Living Loving & Giving’, and on ‘Bring Me To The Light’, do I detect a hint of classic Dire Straits? The origins of the album’s two cover versions - George Harrison’s ‘Wah Wah’ and Billy Cobham’s ‘Stratus’ - are revealing, but it is a little disappointing that the set closes with three instrumentals : ‘The Purest Thing’ is slow and bluesy, ‘Stratus’ is a bass-heavy jazz and rock amalgam, and ‘Lord Knows What’s In My Heart’ is mellow and bright. All three are more than impressive, but together at the end, they do leave a slight suggestion that Davide ran out of ideas - which given his undisputed talent was not the case, I suspect.,

Norman Darwen



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