As a long-term fan of Forcione, you may say I'm biased - but I defy anyone who plays or appreciates the acoustic guitar to be anything other than enraptured by the maestro's latest collection.
Here is a player with effortless technique and an ear for a huge range of styles and cultures, enjoying his music to the full in the company of many excellent musicians. Ever a generous performer, Antonio's current band (two guitars, cello and percussion) is further enriched by the addition of guests and friends from all corners of the world.
At one extreme, the funky latin jazz-tinged guitar duels between Forcione and Georgio Serci are exploited to the full on Gigolo and Tango Suite. A new recording of Alhambra sounds moody and more authentically Spanish than ever, courtesy of raw vocals by Diego el Cigala. Forcione's 12-string technique is also demonstrated to great effect, notably on the cheeky Tarantella (look out for Jenny Adejayan's lively cello) and Scrambled Eggs. There are also quieter, neo-classical pieces to add to the tapestry created on this fine collection.
Buy and appreciate. This is a stunning effort, but even better - look out for Antonio's next live gigs. You'll be blown away!