New Jersey area guitarist Anthony Rufo has released his CD of instrumental guitar works, entitled Makin' Waves. The eight guitar-dominated tracks are based in the rock genre, but overall, cover a wide sonic territory (like the solo guitar intro to "Imagination"). In addition to guitar, Rufo also provides piano, keyboards and Hammond B-3 instrumentation, while the project is anchored by the drumming of Johnnie Adams. Rufo's compositions allow plenty of room to stretch, as numbers such as "Imagination", "Kathryn" and "Satisfying Grace" crack the seven-minute mark. These are balanced by quick-hitters such as the Hammond-driven "Crusin'" and the opener "Tonester Bushido", which kind of sums up a lot of Rufo's rock playing - with a funky rhythm intro, exotically scaled leads, and an overdriven, whammy-enriched, two-handed tapping, legato section. Overall, Rufo goes for the heart and soul of guitar expression, rather than precisely picked or ultra flashy, modern, technical playing - if that's what you're looking to find, give Makin' Waves a listen.
When Anthony was eight years old, his sister, Rosemarie, won a guitar at the Seaside Heights boardwalk. Since then, Anthony has taken that situation and run with it, and achieved many accomplishments in the musical field. These include a Bachelor of Arts in music at William Paterson University, professional performances in pop, rock, jazz and commercial bands throughout the tri-state area, an accumulation of over 20 years teaching experience, work as a studio musician, and studies at the American Institute of Guitar in New York City. His teachers have included Dennis Gorgas, Joe Cinderella, Bucky Pizzerelli, Harry Leahey, Peter Mazza and Matt Smith.
Rufo is currently seeking recording/arrangement situations with companies and individuals who share the love, imagination and inspiration for music that he himself possesses.
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Point Pleasant, NJ 08742