Davide Pannozzo review…November 16, 2017….

DAVIDE PANNOZZO

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

SIX WIRES–LIVING, LOVING, AND GIVING–I HEARD YOU–BRING ME TO THE LIGHT–ONE AND ONLY–CHASING ILLUSIONS–WAH WAH–THE PUREST THING–STRATUS–LORD KNOWS WHAT’S IN MY HEART

Davide Pannozzo is one of the most exciting members of the younger generation of blues guitarists.  He recently made it to the semi-finals of the IBC’s, and he has headlined shows  all over the world, from the USA, UK, Italy, and all points in between.  He sent, unsolicited, the material that would ultimately become his latest album,  to drummer Steve Jordan.  Steve was highly impressed, and, along with Will Lee, started to work on the eight originals and two covers that comprise “Unconditional Love.”

Davide’s influences include most all the greats in blues, rock, and jazz, but he is his own man, and a true bluesman for the 21st Century.  He also believes that each individual can offer a viable solution in making the world a better place, and draws on these beliefs throughout this album.

A fine bit of funk starts things off,  as Davide sings of using music to help lighten one’s load in life, “Six Wires.”  “I Heard You” deals with the positive changes one undergoes when true love comes along, while his dazzling slide work pushes “Bring Me To The Light.”

Some brilliant instrumentals close the set.  A cool cover of Billy Cobham’s “Stratus,” and Davide’s own “The Purest Thing,” and Lord Knows What’s In My Heart” shows how effortlessly he can move from  blues-oriented fare into more jazz-rooted territory.

We had two favorites, too.  A tune written by Davide and Federica Piacentini sounds as if it were borne in the heart of the Delta, with its Doomsday beat pounding over Davide’s vocal and guitar, as he recalls stern life lessons passed from his mother in “Chasing Illusions.”  And, a song that’s a good poultice for today’s troubled society is the  strong, positive message of “Living, Loving, And Giving–that’s all we need to change the world!”

Davide Pannozzo has crafted an excellent set full of strong lyrics and fiery, passionate playing.  “Unconditional Love” is a powerful set of contemporary blues bent on using music as a force of healing!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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