Released 1 Oct 2012 by Any And All Records (Nightmare Records distrubution in Canada and USA).
All songs written and produced by Alberto Rigoni except: Coming Home and Believe co-written with Jonas Erixon
Mixed and mastered by Federico Solazzo
This release, Rigoni’s third solo album, is thematically centered around the Japanese folk legend of the Three Wise Monkeys
The album also boasts contributions from great special guests: Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Brazen Abbot), Jonas Erixon (Alicate), Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater, OSI, Chroma Key), Mark Cross (Outloud, ex Helloween, Firewind), Federico Solazzo (Alexia), Alessandro Bertoni (Aphelion), Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock), Tommy Ermolli (TwinSpirits), Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios), Paolo Valli (session drummer), Paco Barillà (Daniele Liverani), Sebastian Persini (Solo artist, session drummer).
It has been a pleasure listening to bassist Alberto Rigoni's rise to a solo artist, his bass work has made an impression on me ever since hearing his work with the band TwinSpirits, an Italian progressive metal band that features some of Italy's top young talent, this cd is his third as a solo artist and also his third on the Lion Music label. It's no surprise to me that he continues to get opportunities to create his own music, and this cd is a reflection of his growth as a band leader. Surrounded by a very impressive list of guest musicians and vocalists, Rigoni strays into new territories musically and has released his best work to date.
On Three Wise Monkeys, Rigoni has an opportunity to explore many musical idioms, from prog, to jazz, new age, as well as AOR. All the while keeping one' ears fixed on the explorations that flow from the song structures, and feature such gifted musicians, one cannot help but follow along on each idea, as there is the allure of quality flowing on every song. It bears to mention that while this is a bassists solo recording, musically it could not be further apart from my expectations, sure there are some bass solo's here and there, but Rigoni plays more of the support role as a bassist, and allows each song to feature all the players moreso than be the dominant focal point of the music, a good decision for doing that, one can expect some first rate bass forward music, but overall, the songs are well conceived, progressive minded compositions that are able to feature each musician, and singer in a way that gives the cd a real band feel.
This cd may have a hard time finding it's fans, they are out there, but I am not certain Rigoni's name has had a far reaching impact enough to draw the attention that his music deserves. This is far more than a bassists solo cd, and deserves to be heard by an audience that reaches beyond prog, fusion or metal.