Full house again at The PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho, for Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione. The Britts seem to have literally fallen for his act.
Forcione mainly relies on solid technique, charm and a pleasant melting-pot of styles: a blend of mild yet articulate folkloric playing paired with warm quotations from the Mediterranean, Africa and Brazil.
Flamenco and Arabic influences share the stage with Italian Tarantella or Neapolitan folk songs, rearranged for an ensemble in itself open and eclectic: a double guitar line-up is smoothed down by the cello; the drums enhance the folkloric rhythmical insertions while supporting the more straight-ahead bits.
Cuban music, Brazilian Jazz (as in Egberto Gismonti) as well as Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin and perhaps some hints of Ralph Towner are to be taken in account as source of inspiration for this very intimate gig, even though on a softer and less unpredictable register.
Antonio Forcione: guitar; Giorgio Serci: guitar; Jenny Adejayan: Cello; Enzo Zirilli: drums