Westbound are the Italians Cristian Rocco (guitars) and Enrico Catena
(drums). Well known by their debut album Miles Away (2006) they
are now back with the sophomore album Gone For A Walk (2011).
Produced and arranged in collaboration with one of the most prominent
musician in the California smooth jazz area, bassist/songwriter and
producer Roberto Vally, this album will make waves in the scene.
The duo is joined by Fidel Fogaroli, Lino Sabbadini, Giancarlo Zucchi,
Roberto Battini on keyboards, Bernardo “Sancho” Sangiuliano on congas,
Rick Braun on trumpet
Paola Ceretta on flute. All songs were written by
except the piece Let's Stay Together.
With the introducing Her I Am the band describes the direction,
their music is going. Intriguing smooth jazz guitar sound for your
personal relaxation. In the dead of night, Hollywood is full of stars
- not those on the pavement or on the screen. Hollywood Nocturne
is the theme for this night stroll.
When you are just Gone For A Walk, then the melancholy is
creeping up on you. Rick Braun's muted trumpet is the perfect answer
to Cristian's damped guitar. The word Babalu is a reference to
Margarita Lecuona's song Babalu popularized by famous Cuban big
band singers Miguelito Valdés and Desi Arnaz. But Westbound combines
an own imagination with this onomatopoeic fantasy word.
With Bahia we dive deep into the great world of Latin music.
Paola Ceretta's flute wonderfully flirts with Cristian's acoustic
guitar. Like a Globetrotter travelling around the world and
enjoying the best of all countries. Westbound gives you the ideal
musical theme. Baker Street is a famous street in London,
mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about Sherlock Holmes.
Gerry Rafferty's song about this street is certainly the most popular
one. Westbound adds now an own interpretation to celebrate this
Al Green's hit Let's Stay Together was covered by many smooth
jazz artists like the Rippingtons (Tourist in Paradise), Jeff
Golub (Grand Central), Walter Beasley (Tonight We Love)
or Eric Darius (Night On The Town). Westbound's rendition has a
classic Wes Montgomery style. A Little Less guitar melody, a
little more jazzy improvisation. Christian's performance has an
excellent groove. Definitely laid-back.
It's the certain time between dream and reality, when you dance along
with your beloved person. Sway your Night Dance. When one
spiritual human nature meets another one, then we define it as Soul
To Soul. Westbound delivers an own musical visualization. Imagine
a flight over endless valleys, when you feel the infinite freedom.
The Big Chill encompass this emotion in a catchy melody.
When you love the guitar music of Wes Montgomery or Lee Ritenour, then
Wesbound's Gone For A Walk is for you a logical continuation.
Variety, originality and guitar mastery in one place.