Rob Paparozzi Reviews “The Road And The Room”

It was with great pleasure and astonishment for the great, great words that Rob Paparozzi spent for “The Road And The Room” that I’m happy to share this review to you.

“Here you go bro, really fantastic job, 1st class and cool selection of Music… feel free to use some or all of my review…..
Ciao
Rob

I just finished listening to the newest CD from The Riccardo Grosso Blues Band title “The Road and the Room”. The recording was put together very uniquely before and during the Pandemic as a labor of love for the Blues.

To start the record Grosso uses a highly energetic and soulful “live” recording of 6 Blues Tunes with original arrangements and a killer band. There is a wide eclectic variety of tunes on this LP from Willie Dixon and Slim Harpo and Sonny Boy Williamson 2 and also deeply grooved “Double Trouble” by Otis Rush which kicks the Project off. I especially loved the funky arrangement of Chuck Berry’s lesser known gem “Nadine”. Grosso’s reading of Charlie Musselwhite’s “Feel it in Your Heart” leaves you imagining your sitting in a Brazilian Blues Bar, really nice addition to this diverse CD of Blues grooves. But each tune whether it’s a nod to Kim Wilson, Jerry McCain or Little Walter has Grosso’s Original stamp on it with soulful vocals and masterful Harmonica playing. He never copies riffs on his harp but rather builds and expands on the the Masters who came before him.

Kudos to Riccardo who pulled up his sleeves and keep working hard during the Pandemic – Recording, Mixing and Producing from his home to bring his fans a new product. A real first class production. The backend of this project closes with two new recordings both Solo and with top notch band. Trust me you’ve never heard Rice Miller’s “Fattening Frogs for Snakes” done so creatively with a post pandemic message. Finally, to end with a Tom Waits song is the Perfect conclusion to a might fine project. Flavio Paludetti’s Guitar Solo on this song is superb and on the Money!

Grosso’s hi level harp playing through out the whole CD is dripping with Soul and originality but always paying respect to his mentors.

So tune in and turn on the new CD from the RG Blues Band, trust me you will NOT be disappointed!

Rob Paparozzi”

 

 

You can click on the image above to see the original email.

I’ve met Rob at SPAH Convention in St.Louis, Missouri back in 2008, we were introduced to each other by Charlie Musselwhite. We met again in 2019, after eleven years, to play “Sweet Home Chicago” with the Original Blues Brothers Band. We worked together in a nice masterclass about “Diatonic and Chromatic Harmonica” on Zoom, when everybody was locked down, that I’ve organized, but honestly when a heavyweight musician spends great words like the ones you’ve been reading for the music I do, it always

“The Road And The Room” – new album out on December 15th

The Road And The Room

Riccardo Grosso’s “The Road And The Room” is a triple treat album for Blues lovers.

 

 

December 15th, 2021 is the release date set for “The Road And The Room” the new post-covid album by Riccardo Grosso and his Blues Band. Surviving an abruptlstop with a calendar filled with gigs all around Europe, Grosso and the band stayed silent, calm and armed themselves with patience.

But that does not mean they weren’t active: Riccardo started to dig in the audio files of the band’s live concerts tracked before the lock down and found some music and tracks that once together, made it to a live session of 6 tunes. Adding a couple of studio works, he decided it was worth publishing for Blues lovers and music aficionados.

So this is a three part CD: the first is played live with Flavio Paludetti on guitar and the former rhythm section (Cocco Marinoni on bass and Federico Patarnello on drums). This is a selection about what the band does when performing on stage: there are different grooves, atmospheres and energy all of them coming from the same live show.

Then you get as deep in the Blues as it gets, with “Fattening Frogs For Snakes” from Sonny Boy Williamson’s repertoire that Riccardo took in a more intimate dimension: the song features vocals, harmonica and a misterious percussive sound only. All of them played by Riccardo.

Closing the album there is a real “lock down” testimony, in fact Til The Money Runs Out (written by Tom Waits’ – one of Riccardo’s heroes) was recorded with Flavio (as guitarist and bassist on this take) and Cristian Cecchetto (on drums), when the lock down was going on. This song is now part of the band’s live set.

With some shows in the calendar and the booking process active, Riccardo Grosso is looking forward to tour again in 2022 and he is cooking some new flavor for the band’s fans already.

The album is going to be available on band’s website www.rgband.com as CD and download and at the concerts.

Covid is f***ing with Live Music Again.

covid

Not that it never stopped, but it doesn’t seem to leave music alone. F****** Covid seems to be here to stay a little longer than planned and today is a whole year gone by with this new thing around.

Guys at Austrian Bluesharp Meeting tried their best to organize and run this year event, but they had to post-pone it due to this sticky virus and regulamentation for our and your health.

So we got a new date, for 2022. But we ain’t telling you nothing yet, this time we are trying to be superstitious…you never know.

We are lucky: every single one of us is doing good even during these pandemic times and we are busy. There’s a new tune ready to be published and we are rough mixing some ideas…we have to do that with a “smart working” attitude. Working and playing at distance, from our homes and send the stems to be mixed.

Mind we are sparse around North Italy: Riccardo is living in Liguria, Max is in Treviso, Flavio in Udine and Andrea in Trieste. So we pretty cover the whole North Italy, but that means we have to deal with technology to make music. A new challenge we are happy to face and to work with.

This time we want you to stay healthy, positive (no pun intended) and with high vibes…don’t feel alone, don’t feel forgotten and don’t dare to try to do stupid things. Keep on keepin’ on and if you feel like you need some lovin’ drop us a line…we are here to heal your soul even if we are not playing music!

With love,
Riccardo & Riccardo Grosso Blues Band

To Mask Or Not To Mask?

To Mask Or Not To Mask

Dear friends and fans,

it is madness but it is nobody faults. We were ready to rehearsal new songs, new sounds and ready to get on the road heading Slovenia and Croatia.

We are not making it this year. The elephant in the room is called “Covid 19” as we all know and it is keep on taking its live music toll too.

We got an email yesterday from Slovenia where they are telling us the government put more restriction to avoid groups of people standing close and spreading the virus again, due to a rising of infected people there.

We talked to the team at Jerry Rick’s Blues Festival – it should have been Riccardo’s third year in a row as performing artist. For everybody’s safety and health we decided it is wiser to reschedule our gig for 2021. Yes, we are positive (no pun intended) about next year: the coronavirus will be gone.

In the meantime we feel really sorry to not be able to see you all again, this summer, smiling, enjoying the music, dancing, drinking and…

We are all together into this and we will be back at our regular life sooner than soon!

Let’s stay in touch.

RG

 

To Mask Or Not To Mask

 

 

PS: let’s face it. It’s impossible to play harmonica through a mask. And we aren’t risking your health to perform one show more to satisfy the ego.

We love you all, and we know you feel it. – RG

Watch Premiere of Riccardo Grosso Blues Band Concert

Watch Full Set Premiere of Riccardo Grosso Blues Band

Click below to watch the premiere of the full set of the band…the premiere starts on November 12th at 8:30pm Central Europe Time Zone.

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2020 New Album On The Way

2020 New Album On The Way

After the new team-up with Flavio, Cocco and Federico and working the music the old way and with the old school in the heart (performing live and trying to do better at every chance – working behind the scene with rehearsal and idea exchanging) – Riccardo Grosso Blues Band is now mixing a new live album.

 

It was multitrack recorded on July 2019 at Seravezza Blues Festival and thanks to Giovanni Grasso and the guys of the team that we can’t thank enough – we had the recordings and sent the steams to Bill Roberts, an old school engineer from U.S.A who worked with some top names and mastered “21.12 – live at Teatro Del Pane”.

 

 

“Why another live album?”, you may ask.

 

I feel like it’s needed to comunicate what we are now, who these musicians are and what it means in matter of overall sound. The material was good and reflect a honest performance of what we were becoming and it captures us live, without any filter and it says…’ok, from now that’s what it’s coming’…” answers Riccardo.

 

The album is coming out at the beginning of 2020 and will be ready for the Austrian Bluesharp Meeting in April for sure…