Gianfranco Continenza: Outside That Door


Outside That Door



The Past Inside The Present (ESC 3725)

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Gianfranco Continenza (guitar), Bill Evans (tenor sax),

Maurizio Rolli (bass), Dante Melena (drums)


Composed by Gianfranco Continenza


Recorded: Neppazano, Italy, 2007


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This is the first CD from Italian guitarist and educator Continenza, who has been playing guitar for a quarter century but only now thought he had something to say and wanted it documented. To declare he had something to say is an understatement. This album is full of powerful and fresh fusion played, for the most part, by some very savvy Italian musicians. On various pieces Continenza is joined by fusion stalwarts Bill Evans (sax) and keyboardist Scott Kinsey.

"Outside That Door" opens with an echoing short vocal declamation. Those are the last words you will hear. Continenza introduces a guitar riff directly from the Al Di Meola School of Guitar Riffs. Very quickly he is joined in unison by Bill Evans (sax) for a staccato-laden section that leads into a predictably excellent blowing session from Evans (sax). Continenza's solo turn comes. He uses some sort of external device to alter the sound of his guitar and just goes for it. Lessons learned from Al Di Meola are left in the locker. Continenza has his own distinct voice. This guy can play really good! All of these musicians can. This is top-notch fusion music that I would be happy to go outside, or inside, any door to hear more of.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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  • 1 Angelo // May 05, 2008 at 06:37 PM
    I got the CD... and I'm very happy!!! I can confirm that he's one of the great guitarists I ever listened to... He have a very special feeling with the guitar and knows how to transfer emotions... He have a very good technic... good sounds... and a surprising musicality... Highly reccomended musician... and CD...
  • 2 Kerstin // May 08, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    I loved the CD from the very first tune. Tricky meters and modern harmonies captivate the listener. Great bass tunes by Maurizio Rolli and wonderful sax playing by Bill Evans! My fav. song so far is "Parallel Live". Well done, Gianfranco&band/friends ! Great review, Walter! Full agreement!