One of the best Italian guitarists of all time
He is famous for his international collaborations and for its technical and artistic capabilities. He seldomly uses a pick and has transformed the loss of a phalanx in a point of strength. The left hand flies on the keyboard, the other runs on the six strings, beating them, stroking them, tearing them and brushing them again with extreme delicacy. He spaces from blues to fusion, from jazz to rock, with hints of chicken picking.
« I love the Pedals of Fattoria Mendoza®, created by Maurizio Beltrami, because they have a great respect for the tradition that has characterized the sounds of Rock, Fusion, Jazz, Funk and Blues, but they have also added a touch of modernity. The use of vintage components, combined with modern ones, without detaching itself from tradition, is the main feature of Mendoza Hand Made production. It is for these reasons that they have become an indispensable part of my set. »
Multifaceted guitarist and artistic experimenter
His experiences include teaching, writing music books (the two best-selling in the' books for guitar' section in Italy), study sessions, musical leadership, recordings, and TV promos along with the greatest Italian and Spanish artists such as Raf, Irene Grandi, Gianluca Grignani, Vasco Rossi, Paolo Vallesi, Marco Masini, Claudio Simonetti, Adriano Celentano, Gianna Nannini, Noemi, Alessandra Amoroso, Piero Pelù, Elisa Toffoli, Edurne, Diego Martin, Monica Naranjo, Rosana Arbelo, Gianni Rojatt, Thomas Lang, Christoph Zirngibl, and he also played at “Rock in Rio Madrid”, and took part in “We Will Rock You” musical in Madrid.
Artistic producer, session man
Since 1991 he has been playing acoustic and electric guitars in the records of artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Biagio Antonacci, Nek, Vasco Rossi, Renato Zero, Celentano, Mina, Alessandra Amoroso, Emma Marrone, Gianni Morandi, Francesco Renga, Ornella Vanoni and many others.
« I’ve met Maurizio and his passion first, and only later I tried his pedals. I found in them the same passion, the search for sound, dynamic and timber features shines through. Excellent quality! »
He is known for its contribution to the development of jazz guitar technique composed mainly of hammer-on, pull-off and tapping. Jordan received four Grammy nominations. He received a Bachelor's Degree in composition and digital music from Princeton University in 1981, studying with many important digital music artists such as Paul Lansky and Milton Babbitt.
Guitarist, composer and teacher
Umberto Fiorentino is undoubtedly one of the best Italian and European jazz soloists, especially because of theyears spent studying and researching on the front of electronics applied to jazz. He has been able to create a language always new and creative, in which to merge a exquisite technique (never linked to the spectacularity of certain extremists of rock and jazz) with a fresh inventiveness, agile and able to move intelligently in the most diverse situations. Ever since the 70s he has been collaborating with Roberto Gatto, Danilo Rea, Riccardo del Frà, Maurizio Giammarco, Nicola Stilo, Ettore Fioravanti, Mina and many others. He was a member of Lingomania, a band that was awarded in 1985 and in 1987 by the referendum of national critics held by the magazine Musica Jazz, in the category 'Best band of Italian Jazz'. He has won several awards as best Italian fusion guitarist.
« I met Maurizio during a seminar in Tuscany. He exhibited his pedals. I tried some of them before I started. To put it briefly, I bought two of them. They sound as good as they are beautiful. The Ripetente is an analog delay with a warm and enveloping sound. It has a soft and natural sound. The M Crunch is a not too tight overdrive, very close to the sounds of a valve amp. It has a natural vibe and is never harsh, with a slight compression if pushed and the right emphasis in the midrange to give thickness to the lines. It has its own personality and it is not the clone of other pedals. This is a quality of Maurizio’s pedals. »
With his first guitar Solieri took his first guitar lesson from the director of the band of his village but, by his own admission, the solfeggio bored him. So he became self-taught to the music he loves most: rock. He has a great passion for Elvis and for bands that were active between the sixties and the seventies: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, etc. Initially he was also interested in jazz, but his love of rock and roll was much stronger. The turning point was in 1977, due to the meeting with Vasco Rossi at Modena station, a collaboration lasted over thirty years. With Vasco, Massimo Riva, Mimmo Camporeale, Andrea Righi and Alberto Casini, he bagan his journey in the Steve Rogers Band. Maurizio Solieri's collaborations are many also because of his curiosity and musical growth. Let’s name a few: Sergio Silvestri, Gaetano Currieri, Daniele Germans, Claudio Golinelli, Beppe Leoncini, John Cappa, Luciano Genovesi, Custard Cases, Hector Diliberto, Lorenzo Campani, Fernando Proce, Mauritius Vercon. As a soloist he composed and recorded several albums and he also published an autobiographical book "Questa sera Rock'n'roll: La mia vita tra un assolo e un sogno". Maurizio Solieri has always been a point of reference for many guitarists.
« I tried the pre-overdrive Boogia kindly supplied by Fattoria Mendoza and I connected it to a simple clean channel of one of my vintage Hiwatt amplifier. It immediately demonstrated its power and versatility. You can switch from a warm jazz sound to a crunch metal one, passing from hard rock to blues. In short, it can solve many situations in which you only have a guitar and a signal of an amp. I used it in a Masterclass recently and some guitarists asked me what I was using. Everyone was pleasantly surprised. Congratulations! »