Archive for Virtuoso Bass

Nr.1 on Tuneshout.com!

Posted in Cd Release, Chart, Morning Grooves with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by bottabass

Thanks to your support, I’ve reached the first position above all gendre on Tuneshot.com, besting more than 300 other artists!

Here’s the direct link to “The Stage”, Tuneshout’s Official Chart.

“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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“Mind, Passion & Instinct” On Outbound Radio

Posted in Airplays, Cd Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by bottabass

The 2nd track from “Morning Grooves” album has been chosen for on air passage on the “Jazz Channel” of “Outbound Radio”, the official radio of “Outbound Music” group. The “Request it!” button will soon be activated.
By now, stay tuned and check out my profile 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” –

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“Mind,Passion & Instinct” On Air!

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by bottabass

The track “Mind, Passion & Instict” has been chosen for airplay on Radio Indie104-iRadio LA.  Belonging to the 1.fm group, Indie104 has more than 25,000 listeners per day and the track has already obtained 5/5 stars of appreciation!
Thanks to everyone for the appreciation!

To request “Mind, Passion & Instinct” on iRadio and continue to support my music click here

New Press Release!

Posted in Cd Release, Morning Grooves, Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by bottabass

Here’s the brand new press release for “Morning Grooves” album appeared on 1888pressrelease.com:

April 14, 2009The multi-talented Italian Bass Player Alessandro Bottura has released his brand new CD entitled Morning Grooves, which features his RadioIndy chart-topping single MayDay Mayhem. The album contains nine smooth fusion songs of rock, jazz, and pop instrumentals, including another radio favorite Stern Memories that has listeners mesmerized when they hear the hard hitting bass playing reminiscent of the Jaco Pastorius masterpieces of the early 70s.

Morning Grooves was recorded in Modena, Italy and co-produced via the internet through collaboration with Mark A. Forrest, Artist Manager in the entertainment mecca that is Las Vegas where Mark, owner of Maftrust Inter Vivos Studio, has continued to earn praise for his previously discovered artist’s to top the charts in the United States.

Throughout the recording process fans around the world have awaited Alessandros debut album as he has earned significant interest on an international level by being a very popular and listened to artist on the Last.fm music website. As of today, the song MayDay Mayhem stands at #1 on the RadioIndy charts in the U.S. while simultaneously also being #1 on the ReverbNation charts for Italy. Alessandro Bottura’s new CD Morning Grooves is currently available through iTunes, CD Baby, Rhapsody, Amazon.com, 7Digital, and Napster.

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Interview for “All About Jazz”

Posted in Biography, Interview, Life, Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by bottabass

This is the complete interview appeared tonight on “All About Jazz”, American Jazz Magazine

Take Five With Alessandro Bottura

Teachers and/or influences?
Bass Teachers (in chronological order): Enrico Lazzarini, Glauco Zuppiroli, Jeff Berlin, Massimo Moriconi, Pierpaolo Ranieri, Luca Pirozzi, Mario Guarini, Alessandro Patti.

Influences: Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Jeff Berlin, Marcus Miller, Weather Report, Yellowjackets, Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, Medeski Martin & Wood, Mezzoforte, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Prince, Jimi Hendrix

I knew I wanted to be a musician when…
I first listened to Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.”

I was nearly 10 years old, and I remember that I was flashed by that awesome guitar intro! Every time I listen to that track, I feel the same I did then!

Then, at the age of 16, I definitely chose the electric bass after listening to (guess who?!) Jaco’s first solo CD, Jaco Pastorius (Epic, 1976).

Your sound and approach to music:
I try to catch something from all the great musicians. If I listen something I like-a solo, a riff, it doesn’t matter what the instrument is-I try to understand it, play it on the bass, get it in my hands and in my head, and then insert it totally changed in a different context. On the other hand, I love when I’m training and I like something I’ve improvised, I repeat it and then it starts to take the form of a track. I simply think about music as the most pure form in which I can express the real me.

Your teaching approach:
I think that a good teacher always knows what to teach. If you’re going to a lesson, and your teacher asks you “Well, what do you want to learn today?,” well, I don’t think you’re spending your money well!

I’m convinced that we’re always both teachers and students, because in life you never know, maybe one of your students may make you think about something you’ve always bypassed. Definitely, we never stop learning!

Your dream band:
The best formation for me is a classic quartet: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums.

Choosing some names is difficult but I think that they’d be:
Mike Stern (guitar);
John Medeski (keyboards);
Dennis Chambers (drums);
And if I’ve got to choose my favorite bass player, no way: Stanley Clarke!

Road story: Your best or worst experience:
Well, between the worst experiences I just can’t choose.

Regarding the best, I like to think that the best will be the one that’s coming!

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
I’ve got only one, is there some choice?

The first Jazz album I bought was:
Jaco Pastorius, Jaco Pastorius (Epic, 1976)

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
Trying to bring fusion music back.

Did you know…
I’m losing all my hair?

CDs you are listening to now:
Medeski, Martin & Wood, Radiolarians (Indirecto);
Yellowjackets, Lifecycle (Heads Up);
The Rippingtons, 20th Anniversary (Peak Records);
Prince, Ultimate (Universal)
Mezzoforte, Anniversary Edition (BHM).

How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Unlike what I constantly hear, I don’t think that the situation is so bad. I mean, the continued development of technology applied to music gives new flow to everyone’s creativity so that we can find a new musical reality that starts from the idea of a mainstream group, i.e. a trio. Then, by developing our own sound through the use of effects and technology in general, we start to create a brand new thing, making a step forward in jazz experimentation.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Ongoing, creative experimentation, but with a constant glance at the past masters’ lessons.

What is in the near future?
Surely, the second album, upcoming in the beginning 2010.

Then, perhaps, some other projects of a more experimental nature (but we’ll see..).

If I weren’t a jazz musician, I would be a:
A rock musician! No, I don’t know, maybe a soccer player? More probably, an unemployed!

See the origianl version @ All About Jazz