Massimo Izzizzari | Unstable Balance

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Unstable Balance

by Massimo Izzizzari

Influenced by Greg Howe, John Scofield, Robben Ford and many others, Massimo takes these influences and turns them into his own unique blend which brings a fresh new mix to the guitar instrumental genre.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unstable Balance
5:58 $0.99
2. Access Denied
4:30 $0.99
3. Wordgame
5:04 $0.99
4. Television Man
5:13 $0.99
5. Freeze Frame
7:29 $0.99
6. The Alchemist
7:28 $0.99
7. Violation Of Privacy
5:09 $0.99
8. Take It Or Leave It
6:01 $0.99
9. The Enchanted Forest
5:24 $0.99
10. Teresa
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Massimo Izzizzari is a superb guitar talent that is responsible for many of the guitar parts you hear countless times a day on radio and television worldwide.? Yet it's with Unstable Balance that the world at large will get a taste of Massismo at play in his own back yard.? Unstable Balance is an unashamedly purely instrumental album with some funk rock influences and is both melodically rich and technically advanced. This is a shred rock/funk oriented guitar album and combines a variety of other genres including jazz, rock, funk and metal and showcases free musical expression from Massimo and his band.? On the album Massimo comments, "The main purpose was to create songs with a balance between melody and technique using uncomplicated structures, in which the other musicians could express themselves freely".? Influenced by Greg Howe, John Scofield, Robben Ford and many others, Massimo takes these influences and turns them into his own unique blend which brings a fresh new mix to the guitar instrumental genre.



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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Massimo Izzizzari - Unstable Balance
Wow, how many Italian instrumentalists were invading my DoV in recent weeks! Obviously, I am pleased with such a situation, the more so because they have been really great so far. This time, I have an occasion to write a few words about Massimo Izzizzari's debut solo release. It doesn't mean that he is a debutante into musical society (sorry for that noun of feminine gender, haha!). Let's get down to the nitty-gritty! Massimo graduated from Lizard School (Fiesole) and he is a teacher in such schools like Sonoria Centro Musicale (Castelliri) and Famous (Arce). By the way, I let myself mention that he is also a member of SIAE. An Italian is most famous for pop-rock band called Misturafina with whom he has recorded six albums to date. You can also know him by the occasion of listening to jazz bands like Black And Blue or Free Time Band in which his presence is evident.

Well, well! I noticed a kind of nepotism in the line-up, haha! There are three guys of the same last name Izzizzari: Massimo (guitar), Azeglio (drums) and Giuliano (bass guitar in one track). Honestly saying, it is only a proof the Izzizzari's is musically gifted family indeed! The line-up is completed by Mario Guarini (bass guitar) and Francesco Carlesi (keys in one track). I could write that Massimo cultivates jazz/fusion traditions and stop scrawling now, but it would have been too easy. On the one hand, an Italian uses some combinations typical of jazz music and funky freaks, on the other hand - he also plays instrumental hard rock ("The Alchemist"), typically rock rhythms, melodies plenty of emotions and creates a positive atmosphere all around.

I can hear some classical patterns of jazz/fusion developed by Allan Holdsworth and Eric Johnson, but, at the same time, I must admit that Massimo's music is more catchy and accessible. That's easy-to-listen, nice and pleasing to the ear music, but still - guitar music!