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Phil Cavalieri

Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Born: June 3, 1974    

Phil Cavalieri

Born in 1974, Filippo “Phil” Cavalieri grew up in an era where jazz-rock was at it's peak. His formative musical years took place in Ferrara (Italy) where he played in the clubs with all kinds of bands playing everything from Jimi Hendrix to Barry White. As he was learning his instrument, Phil was influenced by Santana, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, and the guitarist of the classic rock band of the seventies. Even though Cavalieri claims to be more of a blues-rock player, it was the influence of jazz that led him to the style of playing and composing in a different way of look at the improvisation....
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Phil Cavalieri grew up in the rock and roll era, with much of his early learning on guitar coming from copying the greats of 1970’s rock. Santana, Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix all had heavy influence on the developing guitarist, but it was the improvisational forms of jazz that really caught Cavalieri’s attention and started him down the path to musical revolution. Cavalieri is documenting his unique method of outside playing for fusion jazz guitar. You’ll get an idea of what that means when you listen to the wonderfully anarchic The First Third, which mixes jazz improvisation with the bravado of progressive rock and a bit of the psychedelia of The Grateful Dead.

Cavalieri shows off some solid improvisational skill on “Galanga”. The Hammond work here is quite excellent, although the guitar intrudes over the top in ham-handed fashion. This isn’t to say that Cavalieri’s guitar work is bad on the piece; quite to the contrary. Cavalieri is adept with a guitar in his hand. ....

“Pearl” is aptly named, and the highlight of the album. Starting with a somewhat reserved guitar opening steeped in reverb, “Pearl” opens up into a wonderful little jazz improve piece. Cavalieri finally finds the musical cohesion.......

Spend some time with The First Third and it will become quickly apparent that Phil Cavalieri is a very talented musician.......

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar, electric

Location:
Ferrara

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

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Featured recording “The First Third”

The First Third
Self Produced (2012)
Download jazz mp3 “Galanga” by Phil Cavalieri
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Download jazz mp3 “Pearl” by Phil Cavalieri
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