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Gabri Flies to Italy
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Gabri Flies to Italy

Riccardo Zappa

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Riccardo Zappa's twenty-fourth album, "Gabri Flies to Italy," is a heartfelt homage to his brother Gabriele, crafted with precision and dedication. With a runtime of 45 minutes across seven tracks, this album is an intricate exhibition of Zappa’s renowned guitar skills, which are as potent and purposeful as ever. The album kicks off with a 19-minute epic suite, showcasing a rich mixture of sounds from the seamless melding of 6 and 12-string guitars. Notably, the track "Harmonios" features an innovative quartet of plectrums, and both the title track and "Nimaster Ego" are enhanced by the inclusion of choirs, creating a reverberant and dynamic sound.

Zappa's ability to blend mystic elements with techno sequences is particularly striking, offering listeners a journey through varied musical landscapes. Romantic phrasing is interspersed with complex, layered audio tracks, which are sometimes stripped down to single, stark guitar drafts. This album is not just a display of technical proficiency; it serves as a conduit for clear, expressive musical themes, evolving in complexity and emotional depth. The unique participatory track "Suonami una Nota" ("Play me a Note") uses notes contributed by guitarists from around the world, encapsulating the communal and timeless nature of music.

Riccardo Zappa

Listeners who appreciate the stylings of accomplished acoustic guitar virtuosos such as Anthony Phillips will likely find "Gabri Flies to Italy" to be a compelling listen, resonating with its detailed guitar work and thoughtful compositions.

Listeners who appreciate the stylings of accomplished acoustic guitar virtuosos such as Anthony Phillips will likely find "Gabri Flies to Italy" to be a compelling listen, resonating with its detailed guitar work and thoughtful compositions. This album underscores Zappa’s enduring significance in the progressive rock scene, particularly within the Italian tradition. As always, his work remains a well-crafted blend of artistry and accessibility, likely to attract both long-time fans and new listeners.

One thing we all love about Prog is the range from bands like Haken to the gentle melds of single instrument virtuosos like Riccardo. Prog Radio is happy to be sprinkling in this melodic, peaceful music throughout our station’s prog mix. Don’t miss next week’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” program to hear music from this beautiful album.

4.5 Stars

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May 6, 2024
45 min
Gabri Flies to Italy • Harmonios • Nimaster Ego • Sanvalentiniana • Suonami Una Nota
Kevin Carmony
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