2017 – Davide Pannozzo
Release Date : Oct 19, 2017
By Phillip Smith; Oct 21, 2017
Once settled in New York after relocating from Italy, Davide Pannozzo began working on this masterpiece called Unconditional Love. His music reveals a distinct freshness and originality in both his writing and performance. Produced by Steve Jordon (John Mayer Trio, Blues Brothers) and Will Lee (Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band) this record is a brilliant blend of contemporary blues and jazz with a positive energy. Pannozzo takes front and center stage on guitars/vocals, with bassist Will Lee, drummers Steve Jordon and Shawn Pelton, and both Ricky Peterson and Oli Rockberger on Hammond organ/keys.
“Six Wires” is an amazing and infectious tune in a Steely Dan kind of way, topped off with a smoking guitar performance from Pannozzo. With every listen to “Bring Me to the Light”, I am absolutely captivated. This lovely song has such a beautiful and relaxed melody. The funky bassline and jazz-infused instrumentation on “One and Only” swiftly lures me in to hear Pannozzo’s buttery troubadour vocals. The blues-soaked “Chasing Illusions” is absolutely fabulous. It cuts deep, right down to the bone.
With the guitar prowess of Joe Satriani, Pannozzo glides through an amazing instrumental cover of “Stratus” by Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jazz is Dead). Pannozzo’s take on George Harrison’s “Wah Wah”, from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass, sticks fairly close to the original and sounds terrific.
Unconditional Love ranks up there among my favorite releases this year.
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