Italian musicians Tino D'Agostino and Sergio Bellotti have teamed with guitarists Mike Stern and Jim Kelly to release their first collaborative CD, entitled Spajazzy. A powerful fusion workout from these two Berklee College of Music graduates, all instrumentalists are given plenty of space to strut their stuff. For example, on the Jim Kelly penned "Six For Costas" the guitar and sax trade scorching leads while the bass (D'Agostino) and drums (Bellotti) compete for the listener's ear with a furious rhythmic bed that is full of surprises. D'Agostino and Bellotti have put together some great fusion tracks on Spajazzy, with an interplay and rhythmic communication that sustains the soul and stimulates the consciousness.
In the winter of 1997, Sergio and Tino talked about putting together a CD with a "very special guest", perhaps Mike Stern. These dreams started to became reality when guitarist Jim Kelly (Berklee guitar professor) showed interest in contributing several songs and his guitar playing ability. After a few rehearsals with other Berklee alumni, the band finally recorded three songs with the guitar legend Mike Stern, added Kelly and D'Agostino originals and two standards to complete their debut CD. In March of 1998, the band toured Switzerland, Italy and Ireland in support of the record.
The band (with Anthony Law on piano/keys and Rocco Zifarelli on guitar) will hit the U.S. scene in December of 1998 after a European promotional tour celebrating the major distribution with Onofaro in Europe and Virtual Voices in the United State.
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