Vivian plays it dubwise

Basil Walters

Wednesday, March 05, 2014    

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FOR almost two years, Italian musician Samuele Vivian has done a mid-week gig at Redbones Blues Café dubbed Mediterranean Guitar Night.

Last Saturday, he launched Dubwise, his second album at the popular Kingston venue.

Dubwise was recorded in Vivian's hometown of Venice, New York and Kingston. It contains guitar interpretations of Jamaican dub, enhanced by an analog delay octaver and loop-station.

Currently teaching at Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, the classically trained Vivian is also a member of the Jazz Fusion Trio.

"I've been in Jamaica for the past four years teaching and some of my students are here (on stage) with me tonight. I teach modern guitar jazz improvisation but dub-wise is what struck me the most about Jamaican music," Vivian said before performing tracks from his new set.

Accompanying him were Carlton Jarrett on bass, guitarist Christopher Campbell, percussionist Reuben Betty and drummer Jeremy Ashbourne.

Included in Vivian's presentation was Aurora, a smooth jazz tune dedicated to his mother. Next was Cross Roads, an interesting blend of Nyahbinghi-style percussions and his Mediterranean guitar.

Not to be left out were Redemption Song, Midsummer Waltz, Sud, Remembering Compay and the title track from Dubwise.

Samuele Vivian's special night was validated with a deserved encore.





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