John Swana (EVI); Otmaro Ruiz (Synthesizers); Ativana N’Bacchio (Electric & Acoustic Bass); Massimo DeAngelis (Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, All Compositions)
Massimo’s fifteenth solo effort is centered upon his adherence to composition, where the eleven originals are framed upon sophisticated melodies and harmonies.
On this 2016 outing with 11 tracks, he benefits from two great soloists:
John Swana on E.V.I. (John Scofield, Ralph Bowen, Orrin Evans, Charles Fambrough,Herwig Gradishnig, Jimmy Greene,J. D. Walter,Joel Weiskopf, and Bobby Zankel), and
Otmaro Ruiz on synthesizer (John McLaughlin, Dianne Reeves, Arturo Sandoval, John Patitucci, Paquito D’Rivera, Jin Chi, Akira Jimbo, Frank Gambale, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Alain Caron, Gino Vannelli, Robben Ford, Vinnie Colaiuta).
Massimo’s music it’s miles above and beyond a good chunk of the everyday type output many of us have been accustomed to. Solid compositions rule the roost regardless of all the technicalities.