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.