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Updated Pro Bio

Posted in Biography, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2010 by bottabass

“Jaco Pastorius would be proud to hear the bass chops of jazz artist Alessandro Bottura. His latest record, “Morning Grooves” is a smooth fusion of rock, jazz, and pop instrumentals all rolled into one amazing sound. Bottura’s bass playing speaks for itself and is immediately evident right from the opening track, “Out of Sight.” His jazz fueled bass runs fly up and down the neck and are nicely driven by some outstanding guitar/drum work. Bottura changes gears a bit and slow things down on “Sweet Tears,” which also highlights his staccato playing skills. Any fan of Jaco Pastorius or of virtuoso bass playing will love this album, plus the band behind Bottura is just as exceptional as he.”

Shaun H. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

“Jaco Pastorius Meets Frank Zappa. Truly Fabulous Artistry.”

Author: Bababooey (Executive Producer of the Howard Stern Show)

“The artist from Modena proposes a hot and sophisticated work…The record is the synthesis of the bassist’s enterprising research. It comes out under the overview of Maftrust Inter Vivos of Las Vegas. A curriculum rich and full-bodied that comes out from the composition exposed on this Morning Grooves. Alessandro Bottura, between straight funk and fusion virtuosity, gives wonderful hyper-technical attacks attended by research and bright and expressive solutions.”

– Fabrizio Maululu for Supportoitaliano Webzine

“Bottura is a really young italian multi-instrumentalist (born 1984) with solid musical bases built with harmony, drums, guitar, piano and electric bass studies. This kaleidoscopic preparation allowed him to compose, product and realize all by himself this work that can be collocated into Fusion music area. The broad spectrum of responsibilities assumed by the musician is a strong signal of his competences, character and potentials.”

– Vittorio Formenti for “Mescalina.it”

“Multifaceted and colorful, Morning Grooves is a continual delight on the staff, a carefree sound that comes from the best influences fusion, funk and electro. The technique comes out perfect from the first listen but the rest Bottura after five years of piano, guitar joined, on drums and finally to the electric bass on the disc that is practically the prince”

– Alessio Scicolone for “Extra! Music Magazine”

Alessandro Bottura was born on 3rd June 1984 in Modena, Italy.
He started to get interested in music since he was a child, studying piano for 5 years, then guitar and drums until 2000, when he landed to the bass as self-taught.
In the same year he started his first own rock band, NoLogo, with which he performed in lots of live shows, winning also the contest “Suonatecele 2” announced by La Tenda.
In 2002, more and more attracted by jazz and funk music, he started the “Accademia di Musica” in Modena, following both the theory class taken by M° Giuseppe La Monica and the instrument course with M° Enrico Lazzarini (2002-2006) and M° Glauco Zuppiroli (2006-2007).

After a one-year experience with the rock band Landslide Ladies, who took him in tour all across the country, in 2007 he confered the degree on music at the D.A.M.S. of Bologna and decides to move to the U.S. to join the Jeff Berlin’s “Players School Of Music” in Clearwater, Tampa, FL.

Back to Italy, he started following the multi-stylistic course at “PercentoMusica” in Rome, with some of the best Italian (and European) musicians such as Massimo Moriconi, Luca Pirozzi, Fabio Zeppetella, John Arnold, Michael Rosen and Massimo Fedeli.

By all those experiences, Alessandro starts to put together all the musical ideas that would constitute the backbone of his first release, “Morning Grooves”. The hard project of a solo release took life when he met online the present manager Mark A. Forrest of Maftrust Inter Vivos, based in Las Vegas, NV.This new support gave new lifeblood to the artist, that completed all the tracks of the album, recording all the instruments by himself, and published it in 2009, produced by Bucephalus Productions, Alessandro and Mark’s own record company.

Then, together with the new manager, he starts a huge web promotion of the album, getting lots of good results, topping the independent online jazz charts in US and obtaining more and more listeners and great audience feedbacks on LastFm, Grooveshark, Jango and IMISound.

The unexpected success of the project, convinced the couple to continue the collaboration and re-publish the album in 2010, with the remixes and remasterings of all the previous tracks plus two brand new unedited songs, as “Morning Grooves – Special Digital Edition”. Alessandro is now scheduling his first US tour, with the help of Mark, planned for the season of 2011/12.

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New Release – “Morning Grooves – Special Digital Edition”

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves SDE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by bottabass

Finally the new album is out! The new release of Morning Grooves contains the remixes and the remasterings of all the nine tracks included in the previous “Morning Grooves” plus two brand new releases, “Gotta pay!” and “Hope After All”.

Here’s the complete tracklist:
1. Out Of Sight RMX (Rough BX3 Solo Edit)
2. Mind, Passion & Instinct RMX (Ozone Fixed Edit)
3. Quetzalcoatl RMX (Less Rain Edit)
4. Deaf Kids’ Disco RMX (Mark Pad Edit)
5. Sweet Tears RMX (R’n’B Groove Edit)
6. Stern Memories RMX (Hard BX3 Edit)
7. MayDay Mayhem RMX (Tied Up Edit)
8. Black Lady RMX (Dark Mood Edit)
9. Tropical Night RMX (Reggae Feel Edit)
10. Gotta Pay! (Bonus Track)
11. Hope After All (Bonus Track)

To listen to previews and buy the album, click here

“Extra! Music Magazine” Review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2009 by bottabass

New “Morning Grooves” Review comin’ up from italian magazine “Extra!”
Enjoy it!

Multifaceted and colorful, Morning Grooves is a continual delight on the staff, a carefree sound that comes from the best influences fusion, funk and electro.
The technique comes out perfect from the first listen but the rest Bottura after five years of piano, guitar joined, on drums and finally to the electric bass on the disc that is practically the prince, in 2007 obtained the degree in music at the DAMS Bologna.
Sounds far, summer and tropical converge in a single melody with “Out of Sight” and endless frenetic pace, a stroke on the keys of the bass, dancing on the strings and then for a moment, the notes of a piano show an immense calm that once again welcomes the ecstatic frenzy, is “Mind, Passion & Instinct” the second track, a highway along which the various sounds are chasing interweaving.
The dances are not finished yet, not until the shock of “Quetzalcoatl” has slipped in the legs making you move your pelvis and shoulders around the clock, the sounds permeate the listening nullifying the effect of size simply by scrolling over anything that is about as a colorful stream. “Deaf Kids’ Disco” bounces with her hyperactive performance funk, putting well highlighted the harmony of different instruments as they rotate, but the real substance is known to pause in that Bottura introduces several songs calm down for a moment the tumultuous rage of the piece with a mirror of melodies. “Sweet Tears” is reflection, memories, known simply blown in the slow drip of rhythm, the low legal guardian of a trumpet ragged in a carousel of sounds just barely whispered.
“Stern Memories” tends his hand to jazz joking about sudden changes, a chamber piece, from taste to the end, recovering the wake of the funk that pierces the entire album, “Mayday Mayhem” flows directly from the seventies, low blows known as boils, cut the battery is alternate with furious attacks of the instruments, perhaps this is the track that encloses most of all the immense versatility and versatility of the artist, sin will end too soon.
“Black Lady”, a cocktail of funk and jazz very successful, especially the choice of sounds simple, minimal parts makes even more appreciable, the disc is perfect for a relaxing evening in the company of friends, but in the long term appears in some passages “static”, linked to a well-defined line. However Bottura can enter every trace elements in surprising and totally subversive shares than the main structure, such as time of Arab “Black Lady”.
“Tropical Night” starts winding up and promises to notice what the title means, get lost on this final track is almost like dreaming, and the closure is good, the beautiful and very hard to discover, we hope to see Bottura live soon.”

– Alessio Scicolone for “Extra! Music Magazine” –

Check the original version here !

“Mescalina.it” Review

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves, Press Release, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2009 by bottabass

This is the review appeared on 9th June 2009 on the italian webzine “Mescalina.it” for “Morning Grooves”:

“Bottura is a really young italian multi-instrumentalist (born 1984) with solid musical bases built with harmony, drums, guitar, piano and electric bass studies. This kaleidoscopic preparation allowed him to compose, product and realize all by himself this work that can be collocated into Fusion music area.

The broad spectrum of responsabilities assumed by the musician is a strong signal of his competences,  character and potentials.

On the other hand, the multi-disciplinary orientation of the single author determines the main limits of the work; it’s difficult to do everything at the top level and, above all, impossible to avoid the risk of a certain homogenity of the instrumental parts.

Compositions signal a rhythmic sensibility based on Jazz and Funk, with a fondness for syncopated and rubato merged fluidly with rolled passages.  The choice of duration is orientated to mid-tempo, to create that typical cadencial schemes in which beat and upbeat are really clear and sometimes too regular.

The melodies are mainly exposed by piano and guitar that introduce the themes leaving then to the bass a series of beats for the variations. In this phase we’ve got the best from the artist, that evaluates his main instrument with interventions that recalls Pastorius or Clarke (or many others, starting from Weather Report).

The tunes’ structure often recall the classical scheme AABA; the melodies evoke different influences, from Latin to Progressive, from New Age to Blues; anyway, these ingredients never predominate in a decisive way and after all it conserves an after-taste centred on  jazz rock (or rock jazz, it depends..).

The whole work result sometimes a little too much homogeneous and self-referenced, without the unpredictability that’s the main flavour of this genre.

Anyway, lights certainly prevails on shadows; the work must be considered as a really important expression of potentials  that will transform into effective performance when the artist will be able to exploit his knowledges synergically united with others”

– Vittorio Formenti  for “Mescalina.it” –

To see the original version,  click here

RadioIndy.com Review

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves, Press Release, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by bottabass

“Jaco Pastorius would be proud to hear the bass chops of jazz artist Alessandro Bottura. His latest record, “Morning Grooves” is a smooth fusion of rock, jazz, and pop instrumentals all rolled into one amazing sound. Bottura’s bass playing speaks for itself and is immediately evident right from the opening track, “Out of Sight.” His jazz fueled bass runs fly up and down the neck and are nicely driven by some outstanding guitar/drum work. Bottura changes gears a bit and slow things down on “Sweet Tears,” which also highlights his staccato playing skills. Any fan of Jaco Pastorius or of virtuoso bass playing will love this album, plus the band behind Bottura is just as exceptional as he.”

Shaun H. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

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