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
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