Guitarist Antonio Forcione has stunned European audiences for years. On his twelfth release, Live!, Forcione showcases music from his previous albums and introduces three previously unrecorded tracks. His wizardry on nylon, fretless and steelstring guitars is mesmerizing.
This mostly solo date - only two tracks feature percussionists Rony Barrak and Nic France - is a great introduction to this versatile guitarist. Recorded live at The Vortex in London in March 2000, the album features nine of Forcione's favorites along with Whitfield and Strong's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." From the placid easiness of "Sereno" and "Nocturne" to the rousing, audience-stirring "Acoustic Revenge," Forcione plays magically.