Chris Vasi brings an easygoing virtuosity to his performances. His mastery of the guitar is the result of decades of musical obsession, study, and playing experiences. Chris is fluent in a variety of styles, including modern and vintage jazz, rock, funk, blues, and world music. This album includes . . . . .
Guateque Campesino - the old Cuban song recently sung by Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club) re-imagined as a guitar instrumental.
Reincarnation of a Lovebird - Charles Mingus' incomparably beautiful hard-swinging masterpiece.
Guillermo - so many sounds converge into this 3-1/2 minute Vasi composition. Percussion (Cuban cajon and Brazilian pandiero) lays the foundation in a 9/8 rhythm (4+3+2) reminiscent of Greek or Turkish music. Soprano sax states the melody (shades of Weather Report?). Above all that, Vasi's bottleneck slide recalls American Delta blues, with a touch of Indian raga. This is what could be called "otherworld music".
Dat Dere - a tip of the ol' hat to 1960's Blue Note jazz.
Pop N Fresh - another Vasi composition using angular lines and surging rhythms.
Epistrophy - Vasi is an incurable Thelonious Monk fanatic, and this one has been revised as a sinister blues.
Nha Tchon - this Cape Verdean tune features nice guitar and saxophone interplay and a fiery nylon-string solo.
Because - presents the Beatles song as a 2-mandolin duet that sparkles like a jewel.
Gypsy Waltz - a Django-inspired acoustic piece.
Chris Vasi: guitars, ronroco, mandolin
Roberto Curtis : tenor, soprano, and baritone saxophones
Carter Blough: upright bass
Drex Weaver: drums, cajon, pandiero
recorded at Minimum Wage Recording, Richmond , VA
cover art by Charlotte Vasi