Enrico Crivellaro – Freewheelin’


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Being among the originators of the very concept of the Jam Band, Duane and GreGg Allman with their seminal band the Allman Brothers have had a massive impact on the course of Blues and Rock history, and surely on the way I percEIve and play music with my band. With their boundary-free extended jams they have revealed the sheer extent of freedom available to any performer while interpreting a piece of music of any genre, and their lifestyle meant liberation.
Forever Free is a composition by Pietro that we have been playing live for years, and that we have finally been able to record and dedicate to the great “Skydog” and his brother, who have shown the way.
Another epitome of freedom in music is the incomparable Duke Ellington, an icon of American music and in my opinion, along with Igor Stravinsky, the greatest composer of the 20th century. In A Sentimental Mood might be one of his most recorded tunes but we thought we could add a Blues touch to it, and after all I could never tire of such a soulful melody. ON AN EVENING IN MAY 1997 THAT CHANGED MY LIFE, I sat for hours in Junior Kimbrough’s white Oldsmobile in Chulahoma, Mississippi talking with Junior and absorbing his spellbinding life teachings. Chulahoma is rooted in Junior’s hypnotic “trance-Blues” music and I am heavily quoting “Nobody But You” on a couple of occasions. I hope you’ll agree that is no cheap plagiarism, I am doing so as a sign of absolute respect and admiration for Junior’s life and music. We were in the studio recording when we heard the sad news of Solomon Burke’s passing at Schiphol airport. We had a Gospel-tinged tune in the works and we immediately thought it should become a Hymn To King Solomon. Sleep well King.
Speaking of Kings, one of the absolute masters of soul-dripping Blues guitar was his highness Albert King. His wild V-shaped signature guitar Lucy, has withstood decades of travel and especially of notes bent to an impossible pitch, so here is One For Lucy to honor that very special Gibson Flying-V and her man. I could write about Earl Hooker for days, but I can sum it up by just saying I love his music, his guitar and his sense of humour. This is why you’ll find here our version of Universal Rock. Listen to Pietro Taucher nailing that Johnny “Big Moose” Walker organ sound, and on Super Cooker listen to him naturally moving into Jimmy McGriff and Dr. Lonnie Smith territory and paying tribute to the exponents of the swinging Hammond combo. Such an incredible keyboard player, from Richard Tee to Les McCann to Otis Spann, from Gospel to Jazz to Blues. Pietro knows it all, yet still manages to sound like himself and no one else. He also writes some great tunes, Popcorn Jack (which gives me a chance to use a more modern L.A. guitar sound) and T-Soul being just two of them.
As for Mr Willits Playboy, the title stems from one of those touring-band moments that can make the road a fun place to be. Willits, California circa 1999. My friend David Kida, who is now the drummer for Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and I got to town, and well, I will leave it like that. Ask us for more details in person and we’ll be happy to share the story. It was outright funny and memorable enough to name a song after it!
Last consideration, the Blues can be played in a million different ways. It is such an exciting and articulate language. Blackout and Can You Dig It show two flavors that I like, and above all I hope they convey my love for this timeless, awesome musical genre. Whether we can call ourselves a Jam band, I don’t know, for sure we are a Freewheelin’ bunch. Thank you for listening!

Enrico Crivellaro, 2012

Track Listing:
1. Blackout - 6:23   2. Super Cooker - 5:47   3. Chulahoma - 5:53   4. Forever Free [For Gregg and Duane] - 7:19   5. One For Lucy - 5:42   6. Popcorn Jack - 5:32   7. T-Soul - 5:32   8. Universal Rock - 3:36   9. Hymn To King Solomon - 8:29   10. Can You Dig It - 9:42   11. In a Sentimental Mood - 6:52   12. Mr. Willits Playboy - 5:26

Enrico Crivellaro (lead & rhythm guitar) , Pietro Taucher (Fazioli Grand Piano, Hammond C3, Fender Rhodes) , Simone Serafini (bass) , Carmine Bloisi (drums on 1,2,3,9,10) , Silvio Berger (drums on 4,5,6,7,8,11,12) , The Templeton Five - Jam, DJ, Wally, Ya Ya & Jazmyn (vocals on 6)


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Enrico Crivellaro is een bluesgitarist uit Padova in Italië, die vooral bekendheid verwierf dankzij zijn samenwerking met James Harmanen & the Royal Crown Revue, zo verdiende hij de ‘Swing Guitarist Of The year Award. Vooral als swing gitarist was hij ook te horen op zijn vorige platen zoals "Key To The Kingdom" met diezelfde Harman en zanger Finis Tasby.
Geen grote namen echter tussen de bezetting op deze volledig instrumentale "Freewheelin", wat niet wegneemt dat de Italiaanse band naast Enrico echt vakmuzikanten zijn. Vooral toetsenman Pietro Taucher is op deze cd echt belangrijk.. Hij schreef ondermeer "Forever Free" (zie clip) , een nummer opgedragen aan de Allman broers Greg en vooral de te vroeg verongelukte "Skydog" Duane. Zijn Hammond B3 en pianospel zorgt doorheen de ganse cd voor een sfeervolle achtergrond voor Enrico's funky en soulvolle gitaar.
Een aantal nummers op de cd doen me onwillekeurig denken aan cd's van Ronnie Earl met Bruce Katz op keyboards, zeker in een prachtige track als "T-Soul", een van de weinige nummers hier die niet als tribute naar iemand anders typische gitaarstijl bedoeld zijn. Ook "Popcorn Jack" behoort tot die categorie, een jazzy nummer met Petro Taucher's toetsen als hoofdingrediënt en wat Robben Ford achtige gitaarpartijen van Enrico.
Toen de opnames voor deze cd volop bezig waren, hoorde Crivellaro het droevige nieuws dat die dag Solomon King in Schiphol stierf, en hij noemde een gospel- instrumental die toen nog geen titel had onmiddellijk "Hymn To King Solomon ". Het werd een nummer dat opnieuw die sfeer van het werk van Ronnie Earl ademt. "Universal Rock" is een luchtiger, uptempo nummer opgedragen aan Earl Hooker, dat veel van de humor in de vroegere live acts van de man weerspiegelt. "One For Lucy" is natuurlijk een ode aan Albert King, die zijn befaamde Flyin' V gitaar Lucy noemde, en Enrico weet perfect het geluid van King te channelen.
Ik moet hier bijna op dezelfde manier eindigen dan bij de bespreking van de cd die gisteren voor me lag, namelijk Sonny Landreth's nieuwste. Voor liefhebbers van instrumentale gitaarblues zijn dit mooie tijden, want ook deze kunnen we volop aanraden.

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