by great contemporary jazz guitarists like George Benson,
Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Chuck Loeb and the late Ronnie
Jordan UK based guitarist Roberto Restuccia makes after his
debut album Exposure (2016) with When The Smoke
Clears (2017) the second step of his solo career.
On his sophomore project guitarist Roberto is performing a
PRS Hollow Body 2 and a Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster. He
is supported by Roger Inniss (bass), Russ Wilson (drums),
James Johnson (keyboards), and Rock Hendricks (saxophone).
All tracks are written and produced by Roberto.
After this compact package of facts let's concentrate on the
album, which starts with the song Mei. This is a
tribute to a beloved person, a musical dialogue between
guitar and piano. The guitar sound is inspired by Mark
Knopfler (Dire Straits), coherent on many levels and a real
The emotionally emphasized When I'm With You
features saxophonist Rock Hendricks who sensibly underlines
Roberto's guitar recital. On Love Crazy both
musicians share their vision of impressionistic harmonic
symmetry. The slow paced title song draws the listener into
a spectacular dream world of acoustic glamour.
The aptly titled Sensual is designed to ensure a
sensuous and emotional appeal of the warm guitar timbre with
every note elicited by this juvenile guitar maestro.
Hooked is indeed the effect which is intended and
achieved with a bluesy approach.
You hardly find a better release to ease into your summer
morning than with
Through the Roof. The melody is infectious and the
vibe contagious! With Dancing Souls Roberto
commends as a worthy successor to the great Carlos Santana.
There is a unique and rare energy that occurs only with an
elite part of the renown guitarists.
When The Smoke
Clears is a celebration of everything guitar music is
all about. We are witnessing the breathtaking evolution of a new