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FABRIZIO LEO Cutaway Mascot Records (2006)

Italian guitarist who has been signed to Mike Varney's Shrapnel label (Varney was the man who released a string of guitarist solo albums from the 80's onwards including Vinnie Moore, Tony Macalpline and many more).

Guitarist instrumental solo albums are an acquired taste and certainly not for all, however a few can appeal outside the niche market like this one.

It is a mixture of playing styles and Leo steers away from the 'how many notes can I play in a minute' style of say fellow axe widdler Yngwie Malmsteen.

'Lonely But Not Forever' has a real Toto vibe - laid back almost jazz rock, whilst 'Yeah Vinnie!' is a superb tribute to Leo's hero Vinnie Moore.

Good mix of styles from metal shredding through to bluesy workouts. Worth a listen and one that has appeal to the casual fan of guitarist instrumental albums.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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