Vincenzo Baratin – Face The Music Blues In My Soul | Album Review

Vincenzo Baratin – Face The Music Blues In My Soul

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19 songs time-70:04

Italian drummer-songwriter-booking agent Vincenzo Baratin began this project that documents his interest in various music styles utilizing musicians he has either toured with, recorded with or booked their performances. A few familiar names are included along with equally talented Italian and other European artists. The music runs the gamut from blues, jazz, rock, funk, soul and all stops in between to provide a musical journey to keep ones’ ear to the ground. Something enjoyable here for all types of music fans.

Jeremy Spencer of the original Fleetwood Mac contributes his slide guitar and rather boozy vocals to Lazy Lester’s “You’re Gonna Ruin Me Baby” and B.B. King’s “Sweet Little Angel”. Marco Pandolfi adds harmonica to the former. English country guitarist Albert Lee formerly of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, Joe Cocker’s Cock & Bull Band and Heads, Hands & Feet lends his skills to back Papa George on Papa’s “Runaway Boogie”. Former background singer for The Rolling Stones Bernard Fowler turns in a funky version of The Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.

Vincent W. Williams does an outstanding job on The Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing”. Raphael Wressnig displays his major jazz organ skills here and elsewhere throughout the recording. Another standout track is the old chestnut “The Cuckoo” with Steve White on vocals and some nifty slide guitar by Roberto Luti. The beautiful self-penned piano-cello ballad “Crazy With Love” is a masterpiece.
Four of the five instrumentals are with a full band including Raphael Wressnig’s marvelous skills on the organ. The instrumental version of “Freedom Train” has a down home blues feel via National Steel, harmonica and cajon(box like percussion instrument).

Vincenzo Barattin has surely assembled a crack team of musicians and singers for this musical potpourri. Vincenzo ably supplies percussion, occasional songwriting and crystal clear production. The fusing of styles and approaches should offer something for all listeners. Pick and choose between jazz, blues, rock, spoken word, funk or take in the entire experience.

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