Mario Rossi Band - "Heavy" - Reviewed At WOM ! Check it out here at this link: https://worldofmetalmag.com/album-do-mes-outubro-2021/
Blues, baby, yes! The feeling with which the Brazilian guitarist brings us with this "Heavy" is fantastic and contagious. For blues, it is understood that we have nothing modern or "fashions". We can even arrogantly say that everything has already been done within the style and that most of its masters and innovators are no longer among us. However, I have always understood blues as more of a sensation and a feeling than a musical genre with more or less room to innovate. For each person, every interpréte and even every fan, there is a new way to appreciate the genre. "Heavy" is seven themes that evoke other themes but that essentially evokes that primordial feeling – with a little sophistication in relation to said feeling – of the blues, with a little more uptempo rhythms but overall it is a pure blues rock record as tradition dictates. To have a pointed influence that makes a lot of sense to me, I will have to say that Alvin Lee/Ten Years After is the one that seems closest to the sound of Mario who is a fantastic guitarist and full of feeling. Those records that will surprise you, for those who like blues. 8.5/10 - WOM
Release Date: October 8, 2021
FFO: Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin
Mario Rossi is a Brazilian guitarist and singer based on São Bernardo do Campo (São Paulo State/Brazil). He has been moving forward in music since 2004, when he was 18 years old and made his live debut. Nowadays, as a confident player, he treats riffs, licks and melodies with respect and wisdom. He knows where he wants to go!
The guitarist/singer started his journey improving his skills as a cover artist. Classic songs like ‘Key to the Highway’ or Guitar Slim’s ‘The Things That I Used to Do’ were some of the gems in his concerts. In addition, he played Elmore James, B.B. King, Peter Green, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, and also Ray Charles’s ‘Come Back Baby’ or Peter Green’s ‘Fallin’ Apart’. Mario Rossi had two unique experiences: in 2013 and then 2015, he joined the band that accompanied the American bluesman John Primer in Brazil. They played in cities in the South and Southeast of the country, including a live performance on The Noite com Danilo Gentili TV show, screened by the channel SBT – one of the biggest TV channels in Brazil. The final balance of all of that brought a permanent framework.
In the USA, Mario Rossi toured in recent years. He jammed with NY Blues Hall of Fame members, and played guitar live at the Red Lion Club (Greenwich Village) with a bunch of good ones: David Bennett Cohen (keyboards, Country Joe & The Fish), Arthur Nielson (guitar, Cyndi Lauper/Shemekia Copeland), Sonny Hudson (harmonica), and Mike Muller (bass, Albert King, Luther Allison, The Pretenders and The Ramones).
On November 1st, 2019, the Brazilian guitarist and singer released the first studio album of his own band, Mario Rossi Band. 'Electric Art' is a nice Rock and Blues piece of work. It has 8 new original tracks, with a beautiful vintage guitar tone. The album takes us to golden ages of music (something that’s not seen too much nowadays).
Less than one year later, on September 18th, 2020, Mario Rossi Band released a new studio album, 'The Same Old Street'. It’s an intense 10-track journey through Classic and Blues Rock. The songs are all original ones and give us a good taste of his arsenal of riffs and licks inspired by some of the great rockers from the 60’s and the 70’s. The record is a natural step from 'Electric Art', and shows that definitely Brazil isn’t only the Bossa Nova and Samba land.
In 2020, The Same Old Street album had several downloads in Europe and North America, as well as a good repercussion in the media. Magazines like Powerplay Magazine (UK) and Rock Hard (Italy) published great reviews and ratings.
Some of the songs of this album were played on the main Rock radio stations in London (England) and Rome (Italy). Blues and Rock radio stations in the US, Argentina, Canary Islands, France and Russia also played tracks from The Same Old Street.
Taking advantage of the great moment, Mario Rossi enters the studio again and records what became the Heavy album.
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2. Midnight Woman
3. I Could Be Good For You Now
4. When the Summer Ends
5. Raw 'n' Rough Boogie
6. That Letter
The CD version of Heavy is available only by the website: www.mariorossiband.com
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