Reviewed by MJBrady on 15 Jan 2007
This live offering from Lorenzo Feliciati offers 10 songs that follow in the more subdued and sophisticated realms of jazz/fusion music, he is joined by some outstanding musical collaborators on this cd that not only feature Lorenzo's fluid, dynamic and creative playing, but focus on some very concise, mature songwriting. I get the feeling that Lorenzo was hugely influenced by Jaco in listening to this cd, his chops are as magical as the stuff Jaco, or even Alphonso Johnson laid down with Weather Report.
While this is a live cd, the sound is magnificent, with little or no audience ambiance of any kind. Each instrument is impeccably recorded as if in the studio. And with the kind of musician that Feliciati is, this is not a bass only exhibition. His playing sets the tone for the band's interaction. And each musician is a respectable jazz playing in his own right.
In looking at the BassDay website, the phenomina of electric bass players really has taken on a world of their own, the effect that the 70's bass players had on musicians world wide is incredible, when I look back, being a bassist myself, I recall all the names that made an impression on my playing, players such as Jaco, Stanley Clarke, Alphonso Johnson, Jeff Berlin, Marcus Miller, Percy Jones and even lesser known players like: Ralphe Armstrong, Randy Jackson, Anthony Jackson, Andy West, John Lee, Abraham Laboriel, Tim Landers, Bunny Brunel, Will Lee, Gerald Carboy, and the many other name I may have forgotten. And what I am seeing at that website is the fact that not only are the players of today keeping the solid tradition of excellence up to standard, but are taking the instrument to places never heard before.
Lorenzo's offering here shows that he is one of the players that takes much from the heralded past of the bass playing tradition, but like a true pioneer, he has become a band leader that can create significant musical offerings that use his unique talents to blend with a bigger musical picture, which allow his bass work to be translated as compliments to his forward thinking compositions.