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In my top 3 all-time
on 11 September 2005
Antonio Forcione has to be my favourite guitarists of all time. My introduction to his music was a live concert with Eduardo Niebla in Nottingham several years ago. It completely blew me away and, since then, I've listened to everything I can of his work. He combines technical brilliance with continuous innovation, without taking himself too seriously. What's he sound like? A Spanish guitar style is strongly apparent but most of what he performs he writes himself and, like many brilliant musicians (Andy Sheppard springs to mind), he is often at his best when feeding off others.
A large part of his work is collaborative; "Ghetto Paradise" takes this to sublime heights. It's an album which is very hard to pigeonhole but it certainly has strong elements of jazz with Spanish and eastern influences. I love it. Every track is a new mood and he has the confidence to give free reign to his co-musicians, particularly to Trilok Gurtu on various percussion and Roberto Manzin on sax. It's a bit invidious to select particular tracks but 'Indian Café' and 'Horserun' are certainly belters. All in all, a CD I couldn't do without and it's often top of my all-time list - with two or three competitors.
I hope he's as nice a guy as he appears to be.