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New Review by MovimentiProg Magazine

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2010 by bottabass

Brand new “Morning Grooves” review appeared on italian magazine “MovimentiProg”

Enjoy it and stay tuned for more!

“Mind, Passion And Instinct: the triptych “Mind, Passion and Instinct”- the title of one of the songs that make up this disc – seems to be the compass that guides the work of Alessandro Bottura. The little genius of progressive fusion and funky colors, the young musician from Modena is more than a bassist: composer and instrumentalist, has created this intriguing debut album “Morning Grooves” in complete solitude.
After having the experience in groups such as NoLogo and Landslide Ladies, Bottura studied in the USA with Jeff Berlin and returned back to Italy where he received more endorsements. The meeting with the manager Mark A. Forrest back in the States and through Las Vegas they have launched their project to the world. The hard fact is that they are enjoying wide international radio shows and good music reviews.
The secret? The balance between the different components: the technical element is subordinate to the objectives clearly defined, the emotional balance of virtuosity, funk soul and warms the typical jazz-fusion solutions, often diverted into reggae and rock shores. “Out of sight,” the piece quoted at the beginning, the overwhelming “MayDay Mayhem” and “Tropical Night” mixing different influences (from jazz-rock as “flesh” of the ’70s nu-jazz to contemporary, from Weather Report ‘s Jaco goes to Medeski Martin & Wood), the calypso of “Quetzalcoatl” is buzzing as the eclectic funk “Stern Memories” from the vague references to Hendrix.
A fine debut album from a valuable Italian musician, who awaits a second trial, perhaps with a group that can enhance even more its project.”

Donato Zoppo
Movimenti Prog

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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.

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)

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“Morning Grooves – Special Digital Editon” – Presentation Clip

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves SDE, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by bottabass

Presentation clip for “Morning Grooves – Special Digital Editon”, soon available on all the major web stores.

The album consists of the remixes of all the previous album tracks and two brand new tunes, “Gotta Pay” and “Hope After All”.

Credits:
All tracks written, arranged and played by Alessandro Bottura
Logo, Artwork and Photoshoot by Federica Castellani Tarabini
Management by Mark A. Forrest
Produced by Bucephalus Productions and Maftrust Inter Vivos
© 2010 – All right reserved

New album Coming Soon

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves SDE with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by bottabass

New “Morning Grooves Special Digital Edition” Remix Album with two brand new Bonus Tracks, “Gotta Pay” and “Hope After All”,  is sure to make for quite an exquisite listening experience! Available on web stores only!

“Rock Impressions” Review

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves, Press Release, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by bottabass

A brand new review of  “Morning Grooves” appeared on the web, made from the italian musical information website “Rock Impressions”. Here it is:

“Times are changed compared to 70s, 80s and 90s, music tries to derive benefits from the net. This modern weapon, indissolubily tied to computer, allows to been known and self-product oneself in the eyes of the whole world. Recording studios and producing companies are less and less useful, but that isn’t totally a negative side for music’s future. Thousands of musical talents all around the world, without internet, would have been remained anonymous. That’s the case of Alessandro Bottura, a local and valid multi-instrumentalist. Bottura loves to play mainly the bass and the way of playin’ recalls inexorably to the mind the name of Jaco Pastorius. So, we’re talkin’ about a Rock Jazz with flashes of Fusion. Surely to the more attentive of you, Bottura’s name doesn’t sound new, and in fact Lastfm.com surely made its work.
The track “May Day Mayhem”, then, is topping the RadioIndy’s chart in America and the Reverbnation’s one here in Italy. This is why we can find “Morning Grooves” on Amazon.com, I-Tunes, CdBaby, Napster and much more websites of that kind. Internet is a stab in the back of the musical business because of wild downloading, but at the same time is an inexhaustible forge of brand new artists. “Out Of Sight” is a track that immediatly displays the artist’s gifts and opens more than worthily the cd. Personally, I love very much the warm sound of the bass and this heats me inside, makin’ me immediatly endear this music. I don’t hide that I’ve been a big fan of the canadian band Uzeb and those of you that knows them can understand what I mean for warm sound, even Bottura himself, I think. Jazz improvvisation, good guitar solos and some nice drum roll, accompany the listening. And it’s not by chance that the second track has named “Mind, Passion & Instinct”, the real summary of “Morning Grooves”, valid more than a thousand words…But pay attention, we’re not listening to a self-celebratory record, altought all the ingredients leads to that, there’s also heart and really melodic piano moments. There’s joy in “Quetzalcoatl”, so much that the foot starts to beat track rhythm by itself.Delightful is also the dynamism of the guitar in the final of “Deaf Kids’ Disco”, but, as I told before, the record star is “May Day Mayhem”. Draggin’ rhythm and explosive bass, it represent Alessandro Bottura’s present sound at his best.


All the record is very pleasant to be listened and flows away quikly in his nine tracks and fifty minutes. Surely, it isn’t all a bed of roses, let’s come to the faults (even if little), I think that sometimes there’s a need to dare more, for what concern the writing side. That’s giving a stylistic paw, too often (but that’s also a gendre’s fault) some deja-vus come to the mind. The second mole is a little critic, personally I’m still tied to certain canons, so that, for me, the artwork is still important, a completion of the whole work..and here things don’t go well at all. For everything else, boys, let’s give a listen to this new italian artist, you won’t regret. Meanwhile, welcome and good luck to Alessandro Bottura”

– Massimo Salari for “Rock Impressions” –

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“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” –

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