RICCARDO GROSSO & RGBAND
- Website: Riccardo Grosso
- Muzyka: rock
- Kraj: Włochy
Koncert: sobota 19:00, 19 sierpnia, Amfiteatr
Riccardo Grosso – wirtuoz harmonijki i wokalista – po powrocie z Nowego Orleanu, gdzie mieszkał i grał przez pewien czas – zmienił kierunek z zespołu Blues na nietypowy repertuar na to, co można dziś uznać Electrified Folk Blues, gdzie jazzowa koncepcja została zmieniona na silny rytm Rock.
Od 2003 roku (kiedy zagrali pierwszy koncert) w zespole zadebiutował na gitarze Stefano Pagotto oraz Massimo Fantinelli.
Dzisiaj perkusistą jest Andrea D’Ostuni, który zawsze podróżuje między Londynem a Włochami w zakresie muzyki, a styl – wypełniony rockiem i językiem Blues – doskonale wpisuje się w styl zespołu.
Zespół zaczął grać na festiwalach i klubach Bluesa, wydał album na żywo („21.12” – 2015) i rozpoczął stałą obecność w Szwajcarii (Bellinzona Blues Sessions 2014 i 2015, Basel Blues Festival 2015, Out Of The Blue’s Samedan 2015, Regularnie koncertuje w kraju od 2014 roku), Austrii, Niemiec i Włoch (Suoni di Marca 2014 jako headliner, Festa D’Estate 2014, Treviso Blues 2016, Bitonto Blues Festival 2016).
Po drodze zespół został mile zaskoczony i miał zaszczyt usłyszeć dobre opinie od artystów, takich jak Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Sansone, Greg Izor i recenzje prasowe z Soulbag (FR), Blues Matters! (UK), Roots Time (BE), Bluesnews Magazin (DE). Riccardo Grosso & RGBand nadal jest na falach radia prawie na całym świecie (USA, Wielka Brytania, Kanada, Europa, Chile i Australia).
I to wszystko zaczęło się od idei: „starajmy się grać Blues w nieco bardziej osobisty sposób, zróbmy różnicę!”
If you are in a record store and you walk to the point where you are equally far from the shelves containing Folk, Jazz, Rock, Pop and Blues records, facing and looking straight to the latter, there you will be in the same point where we can place Riccardo Grosso & RGBand.
The harmonica virtuoso and gutsy singer Riccardo Grosso – after coming back from New Orleans where he lived and performed for a while – changed band direction from being a Blues band with a non-standard repertoire and a dark-sounding atmosphere to what can be considered today an Electrified Folk Blues, where Jazz-Funk approach (taken back from New Orleans) and its freedom and a solid Rock strong beat let this four piece combo from Treviso, Italy, to play their stories from all around the World slightly different – and still grooving – at every show.
Since 2003 (when they started to play the first gig) the band has seen the presence of Stefano Pagotto on guitar (starring with “I Belli di Waikiki” as well) and Massimo Fantinelli on bass (paid his dues playing with Guido Toffoletti and Tolo Marton, along with others).
Today the drummer is Andrea D’Ostuni whose style is perfect for the band: an Old school background looking forward to modern sounds. He worked with Jason Ricci on his comeback tour in Europe in 2015.
Riccardo Grosso & RGBand spent a lot of time playing live to carve their own personal sound as band. From 2003 to 2014 they played literally everywhere (from places where you wouldn’t stop to ask for indications to festivals where the inflatable structure collapsed due to energy-short) but when they release their first studio album containing their original tunes (“Right Now” – 2014) things started to change a little.
The band began to play in festivals and Blues clubs, released a live album (“21.12” – 2015) and started to begin a constant presence in Switzerland (Bellinzona Blues Sessions 2014 & 2015, Basel Blues Festival 2015, Out Of The Blue’s Samedan 2015, touring the country on regular basis since 2014), Austria, Germany and Italy (Suoni di Marca 2014 as headliner, Festa D’Estate 2014, Treviso Blues 2016, Bitonto Blues Festival 2016).
Along the way, the band were surprised and honored to hear feedback and kudos from artists like Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Sansone, Greg Izor and read press reviews from Soulbag (FR), Blues Matters! (UK), Roots Time (BE), Bluesnews Magazin (DE) while Riccardo Grosso & RGBand music is on rotation in radios pretty much all around the world (U.S., U.K., Belgium, Canada, Europe, Chile and Australia).
And it all started with the idea: “let’s try to play the Blues in a little more personal way, making it different!”
What you mean with that? You may ask.
“It has nothing to do with changing or revolutionizing the Blues music!” points out in panic Riccardo and continues “we just thought we could be more comfortable playing Blues with a song-form, instead the usual AAB. Then from there we started to explore new grooves and new styles, some I took with me as postcard from New Orleans, others from Massimo and Stefano mainly. That’s because all of us used to play the overplayed Got My Mojo Working, Hootchie Cootchie Man, Sweet Home Chicago, and so on…and we felt we needed something different in lyrics and grooves. We all love to play the ‘classic’ Blues, if there’s one, and we still do it today. In the band we like to stay Blues rooted and move around a bit, pushing this border at one time, and the other a moment later.”
On Riccardo Grosso & RGBand’s sound you can hear an electrified harmonica built on Chicago Blues sound and inspired by Paul Butterfield and Charlie Musselwhite (who Riccardo had chance to meet and spend time together at his house in California and be introduced to SPAH convention in 2010 by the mentor) to cross music border to get wider influence – in fact after the “New Orleans experience” that harmonica sound has enriched by Big Easy sounds.
The texture of the sound is Pagotto’s silky guitar mixing up with Fantinelli’s bass and De Marchi’s drums. Sweet and rounder and never overplaying the song, leaving air, chasing rhythm and making band sound smooth, with a biting rhythm pulsing the groove as it should be.
An “innovative songwriting” on their original songs and a passionate selection of tunes from Tom Waits (“Jockey Full Of Bourbon”), Willie Dixon (“Mellow Down Easy”, “The Same Thing”), Charlie Musselwhite’s Brazilian Blues (“Feel It In Your Heart”) or to a Blues-twisting version of Chuck Berry’s Nadine is glued together by this sound and by Riccardo Grosso’s vocals, rough and precise and fulfilled of soul.
“Deeper we got into Blues music and Blues master’s stories, more we got the idea the one we love to listen to played Blues with honest voice. Their one. We are not them, none of us. So all we can do is to try to follow their teaching and sing and play Blues music with our own voice. A voice formed listening to Blues and Blues related music, but not only that. So we have to let it into the music we play.
ORIf you want to look at this way: we play a twisted version of Chicago Blues. We just move few chords, grooves and riffs around.”