Our good friend Logan Richardson hipped us to Andrea Molinari, an Italian Jazz guitarist with a unique perspective. Andrea studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, yet it was his trip to New York that rounded out his arrival on the Jazz scene. In 2010, he won the “Jimmy Woode" best guitarist award, with an esteemed panel of judges including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Rick Margitza, Antonio Sanchez, Eddie Gomez, Dado Moroni and Gegè Telesforo. Andrea’s new album, 51, is set for release worldwide on April 12th, with pre-order starting this Friday. His tone and style evoke memories of the days when Rock and Jazz were best friends; one can hear the story being told with feeling.
51 was recorded in Rome and features Enrico Zanisi on piano, rhodes & synth, Matteo Bortone on bass & backing vocals, Enrico Morello on drums, Camilla Battaglia on vocals, Alessandro Presti on trumpet, and Clementina Regina on soprano.