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by Robi Zonca

No traditional blues here. My kind of blues,70's influenced, Rock-blues. you got to listen. My real goal is to play the music I feel.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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1. Night Time
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2. Never Lie
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3. My Baby She's Gone
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4. Spinning Wheel
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5. Really Want to Know
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6. Tv Liar
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7. 20 Bars Blues
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8. My Room
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9. Do You Know?
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10. Podemos Solucionarlo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Robi Zonca is the first indipendent italian artist widely broadcasted in the U.S.A.
In the past Robi played as sideman with the great Ginger Baker, with Andy J Forest, with James Tomphson, Ronnie Jones and many more, but now he leads his own band.
Several radios in New York City area have choosen songs from Robi's last cd "DO YOU KNOW?" after Bob Putignano, president of NY blues & jazz society, start trasmitting Robi's music from his program "Sounds of Blue"
At this time more than 90 radio stations all around the States are broadcasting songs from "DO YOU KNOW?"
The album recieved airplay at: WUCF,WCNI,WQLN,KYNR,WMPG,
WZEW,KLPZ,KMGN,KZIQ,KMET,KSTR,WKSX,KIND,WHAY,KKGB,WJDF,
WFAT,KRXL,KZPR,WKTX,KBDN,WUZI,WJES,WKVL,WMVA,KPND,WAUH,
WIUJ,KGUM,CKCK.... and so on, too long to write the complete list of the radio stations broadcasting songs from "DO YOU KNOW?"

The same is happening in these days in Europe. In particular the N1 blues radio in Amsterdam "BLUE EARS" choose 8 songs from his album for his high rotation music http://www.blueears.com/

My real goal is to play the music I feel. I do not try to play like the great black masters did, I do not try to play the tradition, I do not try to play a new kind of blues, I do not try to recuperate sounds from the past or something...... I just sit down, write the songs playing in my head, and then stand up and play it with my band . That's it!


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Hans van Achterberg (Blue Ears radio Amsterdam)

I honestly can say: congratulations with a masterpiece of an album
Dear Robi, you asked me for a comment on your CD - on purpose I waited for some time - to have the time to hear the tracks in between all the other tracks on "Blue Ears" radio. Now after two months, I honestly can say: congratulations with a masterpiece of an album. I hate reviews. I suggest readers NEVER to believe them but to use their own ears. So, my suggestion is: dear reader, hear
for yourself the tightness and freshness of this band (even
after playing it a 100 times - it becomes better and better). The love for music and the right musicianship is so deeply rooted in this band that I can only say: get yourself a copy of this jewel.
It's a shame this record isn't rocketing in sales worldwide until now: the story of the blues. But who knows......you're there to change things!!


Hans van Achterberg
Program Manager 'Blue Ears'Radio - Amsterdam

Beverly Williams

Never Lie
Blues Girl Was here.
Love this song

Beverly Williams

Really Want to Know
Nice Song,
Blues Girl

Roger Z

Superb, tasteful, musicianship abounds on the CD which features.....
Robi Zonca
"do you know?"

CD review by Roger-Z (3/12/05)
Would you rather surf or play guitar? Grab a wave or ride a riff? Quite the dilemna. The Beach Boys sang, "Catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the world." The Rascals went "Groovin'" on a Sunday afternoon. No doubt about it, Robi Zonca knows how to harness a beat and capture a mood -- from the bouncy, good-time, cinematic instrumental, "Podemos solucionarlo," to the r&b funk of "Never lie." You could cut a wet hair with these razor sharp grooves.

Obviously, The Beatles greatly influenced this music -- lean, clean, melodic lines seemlessly melded together with a thin topping of creamy vocal harmonies. John Lennon specifically looms as a great influence. "Never lie" and "My room" descend both sonically and lyrically from "Double Fantasy."

"My baby, she's gone," the instrumental "20 bars blues," and Pademos solucionarlo" all bring me back to a warm, sunny day in Barbados, lying in a hammock with the trade winds blowing softly across my face and a pina colada close at hand. It reminds me of the good time, "Daydream" music of The Lovin' Spoonful. "Pademos solucionarlo" closes with a gorgeous harmonica solo by Alberto Borsari reminiscent of both John Sebastian and Toots Thielman. Make that a pina colada IN my hand!

Superb, tasteful, musicianship abounds on the CD which features Robi Zonca on guitars and vocals, Paolo Legramandi on bass, Marco Saccitella on drums, Antonello Aguzzi on keyboards, Tolo Marton on guitar, Claudio Bazzari on guitar, Enrico Crivellaro on guitar, Alberto Barsar on harmonica, and Aida Cooper on background vocals. All songs were written, sung and arranged by Mr. Zonca except for the old Blood, Sweat, and Tears classic, "Spinning Wheel."

The timeless, musical craftsmanship on "do you know?" ensures that it will never sound dated. This CD can break out in so many different ways. "20 bars blues" would make the perfect theme song for a blues/jazz radio show. "My baby, she's gone" and "Pademos solucionarlo" both belong in the movies. I guarantee you'll be hearing songs from this album for years to come.

A.Grigg

While he stretches the boundaries of Blues/Rock more than most, Zonca's blues/ro
Robi Zonca: Do You Know? (Independent/Italy)

More proof that Blues is an international language. One can really get a sense of how powerful American cultural influences are by the number of blues acts in Europe (and elsewhere) who send in discs hoping for a review. Italy has quite an active blues scene and a lengthy history and their blues festival activity is tops outside of the U.S.. More U.S. blues acts work in Italy than any other European nation so it¹s no wonder we probably get more Italian blues act CDs than from any other nation. Most are very good and Robi Zonca's no exception.
While he stretches the boundaries of Blues/Rock more than most, Zonca's blues/rock offerings are first class. No traditional blues tunes here other than "20 Bars Blues", the songs are all original (except "Spinning Wheel") and execution, performance and arrangements are all very professional; too good for an indie production. Zonca's guitar playing is tasteful and flawless - I'm under the impression he's been playing for well over 20 years (?) and this is an exceptionally tight band he fronts. I'm not sure of the state of the recording industry in Italy but a band this tight wouldn't be without a label contract in North America. Drummer Marco Sacchitella and bassist Paolo Legramandi are standouts.
Blues fans may recognize the hot guest guitarist on "20 Bars Blues..." it's Enrico Crivellaro! Man, he's everywhere these days, and Zonca and Crivellaro really give listeners their money's worth as they lay down some superb guitar. Title cut "Do You Know?" is a funky number that really grabs you and it's more proof as to tightness. "TV Liar" is a tune that has commercial potential in a big way given everyone's feelings with 'smoke-and-mirrors" these days. Nice rock n'roll guitar too, the kind you don't hear enough of anymore. If you're a blues fan who loves good rock as well, you'll definitely want to check out this CD. Universal stuff, folks, from Robi Zonca and his hot band. I'm predicting that they get signed up by someone soon. Too much talent (it does count!) for them not to be major league successful. 4 bottles of chianti for a disc with plenty of spirit and talent. It's honest rock 'n blues.

A Grigg

Dave Electric

Giudizio: Ottimo. a Milano ci arriva un CD dal respiro internazionale. Ottimamen
RECENSIONE DEL DISCO DI ROBI ZONCA pubblicata sul sito: ACCORDO.IT

Giudizio: Ottimo. a Milano ci arriva un CD dal respiro internazionale. Ottimamente registrato, con ben 9 brani originali su 10, e soprattutto cantato e suonato con grande feeling ed entusiasmo: si sente al primo ascolto che questo "Do you know?" di Robi Zonca è, come direbbero i nostri colleghi d'Oltremanica, un "labour of love".
Robi non è certo un nuovo personaggio: da anni suona e canta con varie band nel circuito del blues-rock milanese distinguendosi per grinta e pulizia del suono.
In grado di padroneggiare sia la tecnica chitarristica che quella del basso (è questo un fenomeno tipico di alcuni musicisti milanesi) Zonca si circonda qui di un nutrito gruppo di collaboratori eccellenti che arricchiscono il lavoro già notevole di una band brillante e compatta che vede Paolo Legramandi al basso e Marco Sacchitella alle percussioni, con il prezioso e spesso formidabile apporto di Antonello Aguzzi alle tastiere.

Il CD si apre con "Nightime", corposo rock-blues con l'inciso "sudista" e i vibranti cori di Aida Cooper.

Dopo "Never lie", un classico brano d'atmosfera in tonalità (ma non tono!) minore, ecco un lento ma spumeggiante swing country-jazz che ci ricorda curiosamente le prime battute melodiche di "Uno per tutte" di Tony Renis (brano, a nostro parere , straordinario) nonchè le atmosfere New Orleans di Dr.John e che contiene uno splendido assolo del grande Claudio Bazzari.

E' la volta dell'unica cover, "Spinning Wheel" (Blood,Sweat & Tears) resa in modo originale e convincente con la partecipazione di un altro ottimo axeman di casa nostra: Tolo Marton.

La quinta traccia, "Really want to know", è la nostra preferita: una melodia importante gira su una base solida e avvolgente, bella davvero.

"TV Liar" è un rock di presa immediata che ha il pregio di mettere in luce il gusto chitarristico di Zonca con soli di indubbia personalità e il bel suono dell'Hammond di Aguzzi.

"20 bars blues", strumentale che si avvale dei cameo solistici di Bazzari,Marton, ed Enrico Crivellari, ci offre ancora una volta i godibili interventi di Aguzzi in stile honky tonky.

Più complessa ma interessante è "My room", funkeggiante la title-track "Do you know?", divertente "Podemos Solucionarlo" dove "Blue Moon" incontra lo swing e Alberto Borsari si conferma virtuoso armonicista.

Bravi!

Per chi fosse interessato a concerti o al CD segnaliamo il sito robizonca.cjb.net.

DAVE ELECTRIC

Musilosophy

Ottima musica pop-blues
Mi piace molto questo album di Robi Zonca.In particolare sprigiona energia,ritmo secco e incalzante.
La voce è incisiva,precisa e graffiante.Ottimi i musicisti e le sonorità.Grande artista... sono contento di averlo scoperto qui su CdBaby.