Alberto Visentin – Away
Italian musician Alberto Visentin crafted this short album in 2020 and released it last January. All original tunes are offered up here. He handles all the vocals, guitars, and adds bass on “Light.” with Stan Sargeant on bass and background vocals, Andrea Posocco on drums and percussions, Michele Bonivento on keys and Enrico Crivellaro plays guitar on “Lonesome.” Additional musicians are Orlando Johnson and Ronnie Grace doing some backing vocals, and the horn section is Rob Daz (trumpet), Steve Salmaso (tenor saxophone), and Max Ravanello (trombone). Graziano Visentin plays accordion on “Light.”
“Island” gets things started. He sings with a lilting accent and plays guitar with a suave and cool approach reminding me a little of George Benson. Next up is “Not That Kind,” a bouncy and funky number. There’s a nice groove, his guitar work is nicely done and he and the backing vocalists do well together. “Easier” is next, and we get some well done trumpet work to enjoy that is added to the mix. “Lonesome” offers the listener some slow blues with guitar and piano to get into. His finger picking is sweet. “Light” follows, where Visentin goes acoustic. It’s a pretty little ballad that builds nicely. The title cut is next and here we get Alberto with a resonator and some horns and pian0 backing him. The album finishes with “Wake Up” which returns to the funky groove and it’s a slick and cool instrumental with a bit of a chant at the start and conclusion; well done!
Visentin is to the blues what smooth jazz is to jazz. He plays and sings with an easy going, silky approach. If you are a fan of that style, then this one’s for you; Visentin’s flowing sounds and music will be right up your alley!