Globetrotter reviewed by Textura Music Magazine (Canada)

Globetrotter has been reviewed by Textura Music Magazine:

Luca di Luzio: Globetrotter 
Luca di Luzio

“Globetrotter’s a thoroughly satisfying fusion exercise by Italian guitarist Luca di Luzio, though not perhaps in the presumed sense. “

“Key to the album’s appeal is melody, the guitarist smartly grounding his cuts with strong, singable themes, and with none of the eight performances exceeding five minutes, Globetrotter is never weakened by excess or bloat. As important to the project as melody is rhythm, which makes di Luzio’s decision to bring Jimmy Haslip and Dave Weckl aboard look brilliant.”

“Impressing too, of course, is di Luzio, whose fluid, ever-melodic playing on electric, acoustic, and classical guitars is the recording’s center. A soulful player, he elevates the performances with a splendid rhythmic feel and imaginative attack.”

“A wonderful opener, “Smile!” casts a warm spell with a radiant melody voiced in unison by di Luzio and Ionata, Whitty adding to the inviting feel with electric piano and the leader delivering an arresting solo. Ionata contributes a wonderful turn of his own, and Haslip and Weckl hold things together with a tight funk pulse. Dedicated to guitarist Dean Brown, another of di Luzio’s teachers, “Mr Brown” continues the funky feel of the opener with bluesy riffing, this time the pace slowed to an earthy downtempo.”

Fariselli’s single appearance occurs in “Jazzlife,” a buoyant, jazz fusion-styled throwdown that sees the guitarist opting for a slightly rawer tone and the players digging into the tune’s slippery swing with conviction. The album’s move into Latin-tinged funk happens in “Elisir,” which sparkles when the leader augments his electric with acoustic and Whitty adds synthesizer to his keyboard flavours. “Pop Fla” is notable for the rather Santana-like character of the leader’s solo, not to mention a swinging Latin-jazz groove that calls to mind the one Steve Wonder fashioned for Innervisions’ “Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing.”

“Whether we’re talking originals or covers, the level of musicianship is so high on Globetrotter, one longs to see its material enacted live. If di Luzio could find a way to have Whitty, Weckl, Haslip, and Ionata accompany him on tour, the date would definitely qualify as a must-see proposition.”

April 2019

complete review can be read at https://www.textura.org/archives/d/diluzio_globetrotter.htm 

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