Jazz Guitarist Giuseppe Pucciarelli is building a large and constant following around Europe with the releasing of his new album entitled “Shall We Say It Is Worth”. The album shows fantastic compositions, virtuosic solo journeys and a sophisticated yet understandable sense of harmonies and melodies. Pucciarelli’s new quartet, featuring Sam Knight (Tenor Saxophone), Chun-Ting Wang (Double Bass) and Jeremy Paul (Drums) – all students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama- has classified an instantly identifiable sound grounded on creative melodic innovation. The Giuseppe Pucciarelli quartet sounds like what listeners have come to expect from the quartet’s members during the past couple of years. The fundamental share of saxophonist Sam Knight in the character of the Pucciarelli 4et is no secret and makes fascinating a view on the man next to Giuseppe Pucciarelli. Pucciarelli’s comprehensible compositional approach shines through the concept of Knight’s improvisations, which are more like real-time compositions than standard solos.
The unmistakable character of the quartet is due to this intellectual element together with the guitarist somewhat melody-orientated approach. Although conceptually modern, Pucciarelli’s improvising is firmly grounded in the jazz tradition of melody and swing. Combining lyricism with forward thinking melodic lines, his playing style is distinguished by a very soft and mellow tone. His guitar-playing style recalls indeed guitar-giants such as Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and even his compatriot and hero Pino Daniele.