Steve Saluto - 'Brown Eyed Soul' (Heart Of Steel Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rob Watkins   
Friday, 02 September 2011 05:00

salutoJazz to funk to rock to pop...that could sum up the diversity and depth of Italian guitar virtuoso Steve Saluto. Having recorded with many artists, both known and unknown but all with varied talent, and turning his hand to production along the way with his own production company and recording studio, he is also a well graced figure known to Italian magazine readers and TV viewers.


'No Good To Me' is a funk driven, well structured little ditty taking its inspiration from the likes of Living Colour and Dan Reed, a catchy enough choral arrangement and decent vocal and then it's more of the same on 'Your Love' - neat and tidy melodic vocal passages combine well with the just right in the mix guitar parts. This young hombre can certainly piece together a tune perfectly and this is quite evident on 'Angel', a Hendrix slant to affairs on this slowed down track, again a good chorus and production and flowing use of the six string, scratching away underneath all of this is a slight Prince thang too. 'Velvet Sky' has all of the aforementioned influences mish-mashing to create an okay song. Great guest artists it should be mentioned on board this project include Doug Wimbush (Living Colour), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) and (Cacophony) drummer Atma Anur.


The class can definitely be heard on the opus 'Hey Jimi', a nod of his Italian hat to "The Maestro" Mr Hendrix.. groove and feel aplenty on this dedicated instrumental sounding more like a studio jam than an out and out album track .'United As One' gives the listener a lovely soulful vocal delivery from Saluto and Uber-Ladies, let's not forget this gentleman is a hot blooded Italian judging by his looks anyway.


'Just Another' brings some rock to the table but with that funk element still peaking out enough to have a say in the overall equation, the piano introduces and takes over 'Wild Dogs' and melodic, decently crafted soul singing makes sure the song doesn't sink away into the musical mire. 'Higher' gets the funk back on in what I can only describe as an album track...saying that the chorus is up there fighting it out. So we come to project closer and title track 'Brown Eyed Soul', slowing things down with its jazzy overtones and extended solo studio jams and, even though it's the second non vocal track on offer, it still has enough to keep the listener enthralled.


Twiddly-widdly guitar boys with their ear to the melodic side and with a slight interest in funk, this could possibly be right up your street...........