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Born in Avalon, Vinny Fazzari fell early in his life for the music of The Beatles. An influence of which on his first real solo album there is some comparison, but all the more present on the already released Lost Songs: Songs The Beatles Wrote But Never Recorded which Fazzari performed on and produced. Fazzari already has a long record, among other things as a recording engineer and producer (Bob Dylan, earth Wind and Fire) and he was awarded the title Best International Solo Artist at the Lost Angeles Music Awards.

Live Life Long is clearly the West Coast background of Fazzari's music including the opener, ' I'll Have It Made ' with the subtle, Van Dyke Parks-like marimba. Vinny recently used Amsterdam as his base for his European tour which finds its impact in the modest hit ' Amsterdam ', not totally unrelated to a cliche (' Amsterdam, you don't see wooden shoes around here much anymore '), but it is by far, a beautiful ode to our capital city. Allthough it must also be said that Fazzari is a little monogamous because in the short, but beautiful ' In LA ' he sings with just as much love for Los Angeles.

Another striking track is the only cover on the album: the Judy Garland Classic 'Over The Rainbow' (here simply called 'Rainbow''). It's a cheerful optimistic version of the famous track, where multi-instrumentalist Fazzari plays all the instruments. Live Life Long is a beautifully, versatile debut album where optimism dominates, wether it's the song 'It's A New Beginning' or the title track 'Live Life Long', Fazzari is someone we must keep in the gate!

 
Music from California often has a nice summer twist. So is the debut album by Vinny Fazzari. The singer-songwriter played in various diverse American West Coast bands. He's also worked as a record producer, owning his own professional studio working with the likes of Bob Dylan and Earth, Wind and Fire to name a couple. After working in LA, he ended up in Amsterdam where he met local musicians such as Ivo Severijns and Gus Genser (ex-Wild Romance) and John Hayes (Mother's Finest). Fazzari's compositions combine positivity, musicality and humor. His voice is like a cross between Al Stewart and the early David Bowie. Fazzari's original adaptation of the song "Over The Rainbow" comes out as a total surprise and has a refreshing and modern vibe. As a producer, Fazzari's Live Life Long sounds by far ahead of it's time. For Vinny, the future is promising: Fazzari in his own country won the Los Angeles Music Award in the category, "Best International Solo Artist" and his single "Amsterdam" was a modest hit here in The Netherlands. (JB)

Music from California often has a nice summer twist. So is the debut album by Vinny Fazzari. The singer-songwriter played in various diverse American West Coast bands. He's also worked as a record producer, owning his own professional studio working with the likes of Bob Dylan and Earth, Wind and Fire to name a couple. After working in LA, he ended up in Amsterdam where he met local musicians such as Ivo Severijns and Gus Genser (ex-Wild Romance) and John Hayes (Mother's Finest). Fazzari's compositions combine positivity, musicality and humor. His voice is like a cross between Al Stewart and the early David Bowie. Fazzari's original adaptation of the song "Over The Rainbow" comes out as a total surprise and has a refreshing and modern vibe. As a producer, Fazzari's Live Life Long sounds by far ahead of it's time. For Vinny, the future is promising: Fazzari in his own country won the Los Angeles Music Award in the category, "Best International Solo Artist" and his single "Amsterdam" was a modest hit here in The Netherlands. (JB)

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 By Joost Fetsen


The name Vinny Fazzari may not ring a bell to many people. But he's actually been around for awhile now and even before the appearance of his debut album. Live Life Long, he received an award for best solo artist. 

Multi-instrumentalist Vinny Fazzari has worked along side many artists, Bob Dylan and Earth Wind and Fire being the most famous. He also owned his own recording studio working as a producer and engineer. But he was itching to pursue his live performance career so he sold his studio and ventured off to Europe to test the waters there. He performed in Germany, Italy and Spain. He felt it was now time to finally release his own songs on his debut album. 

POSTPONEMENT WASN'T AN OPTION

Already in 2006 - after winning the award for Best Solo Artist at the Los Angeles Music Awards, Vinny already started to envision his creation of a concept album with compositions he has written himself. With drummer Gus Genser and bassist Ivo Severijns (Herman Brood and his Wild Romance), and guitarist John Hayes (Mother's Finest) they began hitting the clubs in the Netherlands. But Vinny had to make a very important decision. His mother came down with cancer and he decided to return to America and leave his home base of Amsterdam behind. The care of his mother led to a long delay before Live Life Long could appear.

Now it is finally time that Fazzari can have his wish and let go: a theme - album, based on old and new songs alike, which he merged in such a way that the compositions compliment one another. After listening to this wonderful album several times we can only agree that Fazzari was very successful in his mission. He wrote all the songs and plays many instruments himself such as guitar, bass, drums, keys, marimba and percussion. Yet it is not a one man project because we can hear other instrumentalists who also contributed.

A RICH MUSICAL LIFE

Fazzari has a very fine voice and a good hand at writing songs. The second song off the album tells a story about his travels in our capital city 'Amsterdam' and is a nice catchy song which easily invites you to sing along to. Not at all wrong as a Dutchman to praise such a song about our city. And then Fazzari goes directly to Mexico where he sets the stage of his next number 'Your Dress".

The singing and the way the album sounds, past memories come to life of music from the 70's and 80's. Listen to "Hold Me Close Tonight" and you can hear the similarities of Boston or Journey. The singing - with which his head voice is not avoided - is strongly reminiscent of singers Gary Wright or Al Stewart. But please don't get the impression that this song is typical for the sound of the entire album!!!! No, Live Life Long is clearly the result of a very rich musical life with all of the influences Fazzari puts in his music. He'll make 2015 and the future his own new blend resulting in an album with many facets.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 By Joost Fetsen

The name Vinny Fazzari may not ring a bell to many people. But he's actually been around for awhile now and even before the appearance of his debut album. Live Life Long, he received an award for best solo artist.

Multi-instrumentalist Vinny Fazzari has worked along side many artists, Bob Dylan and Earth Wind and Fire being the most famous. He also owned his own recording studio working as a producer and engineer. But he was itching to pursue his live performance career so he sold his studio and ventured off to Europe to test the waters there. He performed in Germany, Italy and Spain. He felt it was now time to finally release his own songs on his debut album.

POSTPONEMENT WASN'T AN OPTION

Already in 2006 - after winning the award for Best Solo Artist at the Los Angeles Music Awards, Vinny already started to envision his creation of a concept album with compositions he has written himself. With drummer Gus Genser and bassist Ivo Severijns (Herman Brood and his Wild Romance), and guitarist John Hayes (Mother's Finest) they began hitting the clubs in the Netherlands. But Vinny had to make a very important decision. His mother came down with cancer and he decided to return to America and leave his home base of Amsterdam behind. The care of his mother led to a long delay before Live Life Long could appear.

Now it is finally time that Fazzari can have his wish and let go: a theme - album, based on old and new songs alike, which he merged in such a way that the compositions compliment one another. After listening to this wonderful album several times we can only agree that Fazzari was very successful in his mission. He wrote all the songs and plays many instruments himself such as guitar, bass, drums, keys, marimba and percussion. Yet it is not a one man project because we can hear other instrumentalists who also contributed.

A RICH MUSICAL LIFE

Fazzari has a very fine voice and a good hand at writing songs. The second song off the album tells a story about his travels in our capital city 'Amsterdam' and is a nice catchy song which easily invites you to sing along to. Not at all wrong as a Dutchman to praise such a song about our city. And then Fazzari goes directly to Mexico where he sets the stage of his next number 'Your Dress".

The singing and the way the album sounds, past memories come to life of music from the 70's and 80's. Listen to "Hold Me Close Tonight" and you can hear the similarities of Boston or Journey. The singing - with which his head voice is not avoided - is strongly reminiscent of singers Gary Wright or Al Stewart. But please don't get the impression that this song is typical for the sound of the entire album!!!! No, Live Life Long is clearly the result of a very rich musical life with all of the influences Fazzari puts in his music. He'll make 2015 and the future his own new blend resulting in an album with many facets.

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When you listen to Vinny Fazzari's singer songwriter's debut album, "Live Life Long". it's obvious that he has been working as a record producer for years. Together with a big circle of musical friends, he delivered a top notch album. 

When Fazzari wins the Los Angeles Music award for Best International Solo Artist, his career as a singer-songwriter started to take off. This is when he decided to put out an album of his own compositions. 

But then his mother became seriously ill and Fazzari who lived in Amsterdam at the time, decided to go back to California to take care of his mom. In 2011 she unfortunately passes away. At this time he finds the energy to get back to working on his album project. 

The most striking element on his album are the lyrics. He tells elaborate stories like his homage to the city where he onced lived : Amsterdam. Of course it's nice to hear a foreigner, is this case Fazzari, sing about this city that is indeed a miraculous place : "It's a lovely place to go and have some fun. When I'm not feeling so good, I'll pack my bags and travel all the way, all the way to Amsterdam. Once off the plane I hop a train and head into town. I can't wait to see her beauty, her face." Now if that's not a huge compliment and heart warming, I don't know what is. Fazzari let's himself be known as a man who's not conceited and who just like you and me has had his fair share of ups and downs in life but is still standing tall and tries to make the best out of life. He believes in love and sings that in his title song "Live Life Long" : "Can you make me laugh, won't you make me smile. All the fun seems to have dissappeared. Teach me to walk in truth, how to walk in love. That's the only thing I want to do." And yeah he convinces us with his experienced voice, crying guitar and straight to the heart passion.

When you listen to Vinny Fazzari's singer songwriter's debut album, "Live Life Long". it's obvious that he has been working as a record producer for years. Together with a big circle of musical friends, he delivered a top notch album.

When Fazzari wins the Los Angeles Music award for Best International Solo Artist, his career as a singer-songwriter started to take off. This is when he decided to put out an album of his own compositions.

But then his mother became seriously ill and Fazzari who lived in Amsterdam at the time, decided to go back to California to take care of his mom. In 2011 she unfortunately passes away. At this time he finds the energy to get back to working on his album project.

The most striking element on his album are the lyrics. He tells elaborate stories like his homage to the city where he onced lived : Amsterdam. Of course it's nice to hear a foreigner, is this case Fazzari, sing about this city that is indeed a miraculous place : "It's a lovely place to go and have some fun. When I'm not feeling so good, I'll pack my bags and travel all the way, all the way to Amsterdam. Once off the plane I hop a train and head into town. I can't wait to see her beauty, her face." Now if that's not a huge compliment and heart warming, I don't know what is. Fazzari let's himself be known as a man who's not conceited and who just like you and me has had his fair share of ups and downs in life but is still standing tall and tries to make the best out of life. He believes in love and sings that in his title song "Live Life Long" : "Can you make me laugh, won't you make me smile. All the fun seems to have dissappeared. Teach me to walk in truth, how to walk in love. That's the only thing I want to do." And yeah he convinces us with his experienced voice, crying guitar and straight to the heart passion.

And his pastiche of believing in God : "I have seen the light" is enchanting : "I have seen the light. Mushroom tea took me on a trip. Jesus Christ and me, a total flip. Yeah! I have seen the light." Accompanied with a steamy blues melody in the rhythm of a moving train,  peppered with a biting sound of a harmonica. And what about this splendid sentence from "In LA" : Why do we always have to explain ourselves, or move in any direction?" His answer is just as beautiful : " All I want to do is be free and smell the beauty."

And his pastiche of believing in God : "I have seen the light" is enchanting : "I have seen the light. Mushroom tea took me on a trip. Jesus Christ and me, a total flip. Yeah! I have seen the light." Accompanied with a steamy blues melody in the rhythm of a moving train, peppered with a biting sound of a harmonica. And what about this splendid sentence from "In LA" : Why do we always have to explain ourselves, or move in any direction?" His answer is just as beautiful : " All I want to do is be free and smell the beauty."

"It's A New Beginning" is a very moving song written about his mother who passed away in 2011. He sings modestly but with a cry in his voice : "If I could only weigh down the hands of time. So I can spend a little more time with you. Well I can remember long ago, how you used to hold my hand in yours. Now your gone, everything's changed. My love for you will always stay the same. "

"It's A New Beginning" is a very moving song written about his mother who passed away in 2011. He sings modestly but with a cry in his voice : "If I could only weigh down the hands of time. So I can spend a little more time with you. Well I can remember long ago, how you used to hold my hand in yours. Now your gone, everything's changed. My love for you will always stay the same. "

And then we have "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", here simply called, "Rainbow". It is by far the most special cover of this classic tune. Laid back, swinging and relaxed. An ode to life.

And then we have "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", here simply called, "Rainbow". It is by far the most special cover of this classic tune. Laid back, swinging and relaxed. An ode to life.

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