Jeff Urso is a Midwestern guitar player that hails from the great city of Chicago. Discovering the drums at an early age, he discovered music was his passion in life & had to be explored to the fullest. Several drumsets later, his interest grew towards the guitar and creating music. He purchased a guitar & amp spent many years bouncing back and forth from drums to guitar to piano. After playing in several bands as a drummer, he then decided to focus on the true instrument into which he can express himself to the fullest. Guitar! Packing the drumkit up for storage and focusing 100% of his attention towards the guitar, he joined several bands playing rhythm & eventually lead. His musical interests have always been for rock guitar instrumentalists such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, etc. Finally, he has gone onto his own, away from cover bands, & created his own masterpiece "Straight Ahead". "Straight Ahead" is a blend of instrumental rock guitar songs featuring many different styles of music & guitar compositions. Melodic, tasteful, & finesse are words to best describe this CD! If you're a fan of the afore mentioned artists, or have an admiration for well written songs backed by strong melodic phrases, this CD may be for you!
"I try to come up with good songwriting combined with good sounding melodies, to try to keep the listener interested. This CD was made with a ton of emotion. Every note on it has meaning to it. There is something on it for everybody!" - Jeff Urso
"Jeff Urso's instrumental tunes combine shredarific licks with a meaty tone, manly phrasing and just enough jazz concepts to make sense of the title "Straight Ahead." He is definitely a talent worth keeping an ear out for. Where did this guy come from?" - Guitar World Magazine
"A one man band album that really rocks, Straight Ahead introduces the guitar talents of Jeff Urso. Urso displays a knack for writing atmospheric hard driving rock instrumental tunes in the spirit of modern masters like Satriani and Vai. Urso sets himself apart from the pack with some soaring guitar tracks that also bring to mind the cinematic soundscapes of the greats like Jan Hammer. Perfect action movie music or simply rip-roaring stuff to kick back and marvel at, Straight Ahead is a solid effort from a rising guitarist." - 20th Century Guitar Magazine
"Urso is part of the "New Breed" of guitarists out there who bring a complete package to the table. He incorporates the requisite palette of shred chops combined with melodic song craft. Urso is one of those rare musicians who seem to be blessed with god given talents that allow him to deliver a very diverse, emotionally charged offering that combines a wide and eclectic mix of guitar styles. Anyone who enjoys melodic song structure combined with over the top guitar textures will really enjoy Straight Ahead." - Guitarmania
"Many instrumental CDs are 90% showcase and 10% song. This is not the case with Straight Ahead. Instead we have very precise soundscapes that flow evenly and carry good groves and solos without becoming overbearing. This brevity let's each song's ideas shine without ever becoming boring or redundant. Straight Ahead is an enjoyable CD. Mr. Urso plays well and his Satriani/Vai influence is evident on several songs." - Sea of Tranquility
"Soaring guitar tracks like "Warm Day" on Jeff Urso's Straight Ahead instrumental CD recall Jeff Beck, but he also succeeds with the harder rock of "Low Down" and the festive "Feel Good". "Cyber Me" is an adventurous mix of guitar firepower and modern techno, and Urso trades his ax for a piano on the beautiful "I Alive". - The Illinois Entertainer