Archive for October 24th, 2018

Rocco Ventrella – Keep In Touch

Bari, Italy born saxophonist Rocco Ventrella has meanwhile conquered a firm place in the smooth jazz scene, which he has achieved with skill and perseverance. He found his entrance with the homage Tribute To Grover Washington, Jr. (2005), followed by Give Me The Groove (2007), Sweet Temptation (2013) and Another Time (2015). With Keep In Touch (2018) he sets a new musical sign of life.

With the exception of two covers Rocco has written all tracks. While Rocco performs most of the instruments, he had a great support by Michele Violante, who performed on nearly all tracks electric guitar and drums, and produced and mixed the album together with Rocco. Guest musicians are Dennis Rollins (trombone), André Berry (bass), Mark Stephens (Rhodes), Sergio Bellotti (drums), Adam Hawley (electric guitar), and Jim Scimonetti (sax).

Anyone who knows Rocco personally is aware of his affinity for interpersonal relationship that he seeks with particular cordiality. Love therefore comes in an authentic and surprisingly in a very modern version. Rapper Slim Spitta serves a rap insert which gives the piece buoyancy.

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