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Daniele Bazzani

Percussive & Melodic Fingerstyle

Truss Roads is Italian fingerpicker Daniele Bazzani's new instrumental acoustic solo CD, featuring seven original tracks and eight classic fingerstyle tunes, arranged by Bazzani. Bazzani, who used to play electric guitar with an Italian rock band, is completely unplugged here, delivering advanced tonal patterns, percussive playing, and a melodic sense reminiscent of players such as Alex De Grassi and Chet Atkins. The recording is clean and Bazzani's shimmering guitar can be heard quite clearly. He's really a talented fingerstylist who knows how to show off his talent while simultaneously giving the listener a supremely musical experience. Even guitar fans that are not that familiar with fingerstyle guitar will appreciate what Bazzani can do with the instrument. Highlights include the Tommy Emmanuel inspired "Dannato Fingerpicker" as well as the opening track "Settembre". Great job. Daniele Bazzani was originally profiled in the August-September, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Daniele has dedicated himself almost completely to the study of the acoustic guitar, transcribing and playing the music of artists such as Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Alex De Grassi, Billy McLaughlin, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Marcel Dadi and Thom Bresh. He spends a lot of time studying open tunings and innovative techniques applied to the acoustic guitar, composing original music, and searching for a better solution to amplify his guitars; the study of the Atkins/Travis style lead him to the 2001 Nashville CAAS, international guitar festival dedicated to the great Chet Atkins. In 2002 and 2003 Daniele held master classes on the Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed styles at the Soave and Sarzana international guitar festivals in Italy and on July, 8th, 2003 he opened the 19th Annual CAAS in Nashville.

Bazzani is an official endorser for Elixir strings, and he currently writes for Chitarre, the Italian musical magazine dedicated to guitarists.

Contact Information
Daniele Bazzani
Via Bisenzo 11
00135 Rome

E-mail: Daniele Bazzani
Web site: www.kozmicblues.it

Stryker/Slagle Band

Stunning Interplay & Synergy

The Stryker/Slagle Band is the self-titled debut CD from the quartet led by guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist Steve Slagle. Even though each has previously played on the other's recordings (fourteen collaborations), this is their first co-led project. Seven original jazz/fusion compositions brimming with new ideas, soulful playing, stunning interplay and freewheeling solos make The Stryker/Slagle Band a hard one to put down. Drummer Tim Horner and bassist Bill Moring round out the quartet, and both use every rhythmic device at their disposal to enhance the tuneful themes. From the opening guitar/sax unison lines in "Nothin' Wrong With It" to the purposeful bebop advanced by the Slagle composition "Long Gone", this jazz quartet will grab your attention while feeding your hunger for silken phrasing, Shorter/Davis-like nuances and daring improvisation. The Stryker/Slagle Band were originally profiled in the August-September, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Guitarist Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. After establishing himself in the local music scene, he joined organist Jack McDuff's group for two years (1984-85). He spent ten years playing alongside the tenor legend Stanley Turrentine, which helped him realize the importance of having his own sound. Dave recorded his first CD, "First Strike" (featuring Billy Hart) in 1988. Since then he has recorded 15 CDs as a leader, and many others as sideman or collaborator. Dave was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Critics and Readers poll of Downbeat Magazine. There have been articles in Downbeat, Guitar Player, Jazz Times, Swing Journal, and Jazz Life on Dave, and he has been awarded three jazz grants from The National Endowment For The Arts.

Stryker continues to perform with his working unit, the Stryker/Slagle Quartet, as well as his other projects: The Blue to the Bone Band, The Shades Project (with Lenny White), and his latest group "Trio Mundo". He is also currently a featured member of vocalist Kevin Mahogany's working band.

Contact Information
Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services
269 S Route 94
Warwick, NY 10990
United States

E-mail: Stryker/Slagle Band
Web site: www.davestryker.com

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