Alex Britti, one of the leading guitarists in Italy, live at Water Rats in October playing his last cd “Bene così”.
Alex Britti has always been an outstanding, confident and extraordinary guitarist, since he toured Europe sharing the stage with some of the biggest Blues artists such as Rosa King, Buddy Miles and Billy Preston. In 1997 he signed with Universal Music and released his first album, It.pop, that was awarded 3 platinum discs.
In 1999 he won the Sanremo Festival in the New Proposal Category with the song “Oggi sono io”, which Mina – a legend in Italian music – sang two years later. A quick series of events and successes followed: the Pavarotti & Friends, where he played the guitar in Joe Cocker’s and Pavarotti’s performances, a long tour, a new album (La vasca, Universal Music 2000), a new Sanremo Festival and a new platinum award for La Vasca. And what he considers his biggest achievement: playing solo in Ray Charles’ set at the Sanremo Festival.
Alex is above all a guitarist and in order to promote the album 3 (2003 Universal Music) he went on a very long tour with his “Kitarra, voce e piede” (Guitar, voice and foot) project, where he was alone on the stage with his guitar. Festa (2005 Universal Music) is a much more intimate album where the blues and jazz background is much stronger than in the previous works. More and more often he collaborated with great artists, such as the world-known producer Geoff Westley. Or with Darryl Jones – Miles Davis’, Eric
Clapton’s and Stones’ bass-player -, Davide Rossi – Brian Eno’s, Robert Fripp’s and Cold Play’s violinist and arranger – and Paco Sery – Joe Zawinul’s drummer: they all played in .23 (2009 Universal Music), the album released after the Mtv Unplugged (2008 Universal Music).
In 2011 he composed the soundtrack of Immaturi, a movie by Paolo Genovese. The song and video are included in the Best of and Best of Video Collection (2011 Universal Music).
In the same year Rizzoli Pub. published Nelle mie corde, a book/dvd where Alex tells about his musical passions and reveals some guitar tricks. In 2012 he and a world famous jazz musician, Stefano Di Battista, made an acoustic live project, “Mo better blues”, playing standard jazz. In the studio-recording, while working at the new album, he conceived the “Jimi Hendrix Experience”, a tribute to a legend of rock, played in trio with Mel Gaynor and Ged Grimes, the
drummer and the bass-player of Simple Minds. And with Mel Alex recorded Bene così (2013 It.pop, distrib. Artist First) containing private feelings, the need for a new farsighted dream, thoughts, comments, states of mind told in a simple and direct way and played with Alex’ usual energy.
ALEX BRITTI is performing at Water Rats in London on Friday 25th of October.
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