Enrico Le Noci – Electric Nuts (ENG review)

Enrico Le Noci - Electric Nuts (FR review)

There’s no need to boast about the exceptional quality of productions from the Italian label A.M.A Records, which is on the verge of becoming the leading European record label specialized in jazz. The label features remarkable artists, not only Italian but also from other countries, and not just instrumentalists.
For this new album, Enrico Le Noci’s guitar trio, accompanied by Matthijs Geerts on keyboards and electric piano, and Egidio Gentile on drums, merged the influences of jazz organ trios led by Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, and Wes Montgomery with Jimi Hendrix’s blues guitar and the compositional styles of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, resulting in the creation of “Electric Nuts.” This album, released on A.M.A Records, reflects the Afro-American rhythms that have permeated our fathers’ music to the dynamic sounds of our current era.
With sharp melodic sense, we find ourselves in front of a very smooth, contemporary, and urban album, which sometimes borrows from the themes of Philip Glass or Steve Reich on certain repetitive themes, and we are carried away into this exciting universe. On keyboards, Matthijs Geerts is simply impressive, a phenomenon exacerbated by the equally impressive talent of Enrico Le Noci, who clearly left his musicians immense room for expression, with arrangements that border on pure genius. We should not forget the excellent drummer Egidio Gentile, whose recognizable style supports the overall groove of the compositions.
At the helm, the excellent sound engineer Tullio Ciriello manages to make this album sound like a live recording, giving a particular dimension of spatial sound to the various effects without betraying the sense of the work, which is a sign of the album’s success. The feeling of it being too short at the end of the first listen is also a testament to the genius of our friend, producer Antonio Martino, whom we can never thank enough for introducing us to so many wonderful artists.
Enrico Le Noci, in addition to his unquestionable talent as a guitarist, brings particularly remarkable compositions and carefully crafted arrangements to this album, which has earned the “essential” category distinction from the Paris-Move and Bayou Blue Radio reviews.

Thierry De Clemensat
Correspondent in USA
Bayou Blue News – Bayou Blue Radio – Paris-Move

PARIS-MOVE, April 30th 2023


To order the album: HERE

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