Maurizio Grondona Group
Looking at the Sea
Italy-based master guitarist Maurizio Grondona and his band recently released a new EP that will provide compelling entertainment in these quarantined days. The record is named Looking at the Sea, and it is another exciting chapter in Grondona’s story and excellent portfolio. The combo’s music is characterized by a distinctive approach that blurs the lines between jazz and soul, and their sound is highly refined and impeccable in every little detail. Composer Grondona is a true king of his craft and he never stops looking outwards in order to fully search out new directions and ideas to expand his music.
From traditional jazz to funk, soul, and even rap, anything goes. This EP embodies the group’s fusion style and it is consistently impressive in terms of excellent production and soundscaping. Throughout the span of six tracks, Grondona manages to pay tribute to some of his influences, but in a subtle and personal way, absolutely non-derivative. The first song on the EP, “D.Brown” sets the mood right with some incredible melodies and haunting textures. The title track is utterly beautiful: “Looking at the Sea” is one of the best moments on this record and it offers a glimpse at his versatility as a composer and performer alike. The third song on this release is titled “Flying Penguin.” The creativity of this song matches its whimsical title and the track is one of the EP’s most memorable pieces! Later, the music goes on with “Optimistic,” a cut that lives up to its name with some good vibes (something we desperately need in these difficult times!). “Say Goodbye” is an amazing conclusion to a very organic effort, where the music flows naturally, from the artist to the audience. This is a great taste of his creative progression through the years and an indication of his incredible talent as a composer and artist.