Monday, February 1, 2016

Joe Pinnavaia - Solace CD review

Joe Pinnavaia - Solace CD review.
Solace is a 3 song EP of instrumental guitar rock at it's finest. Solace starts off with Collapse. Collapse has a metallic edge complete with some soaring guitar melodies. Joe displays his outstanding guitar technique with fretboard tapping and quick as lightning solo flights. The middle section really caught my ear as it's different from the rest of the song. Joe hits a huge sounding power chord in this section as the sound of a cricket chirps into the music. Joe displays his versatility with some super sweet sounding guitar to carry this section through. The powerful section sounds even more powerful after it kicks back in. Joe takes out Collapse out with more fantastic and frenetic guitar playing.
The second track, Solace, has a uplifting sound but still rocks out with vigor. Layers of melodic guitar playing combine together to create a cohesive and exciting sound. Again the middle section hit me in just the right spot with it's ethereal quality. A nice build up brings the rockin' intro part back in and the drums are highlighted as Solace comes to a close.
Transient closes out Solace in style. The song has a nice, jazzy guitar rhythm track and Joe rocks it up with some really melodic solo playing on top. Joe's flawless guitar technique really shines through on this track. A couple of bass solos are highlighted on Transient. Transient is my favorite song on Solace.
Any fan of the instrumental music of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai will absolutely love Solace.
Solace can be heard on cdbaby through this link
Thank You Joe!


1 - Collapse
2 - Solace
3 - Transient

 Joe Pinnavaia is a world class Guitarist and Instructor having been a featured artist on Steve Vai's Digital Nations Label. He is now a True Instructor teaching students of varying levels from all over the world from the U.K., U.S.A and Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Russia, and Venezuela.
With nearly 30 years of playing experience and 20 years of teaching experience Joe is able to provide results for those who seek to elevate their playing to another level. Joe completed his musical education at Villa Maria College of Buffalo and at the University at Buffalo where he studied with Joanne Castellani from the world renowned Castellani/Andriaccio Duo and also studied with Italian born jazz/fusion virtuoso Tony Scozzaro and is now studying with Canadian Born Artist Dave Martone.
     Joe has also worked with Corey Lowery of Eye Empire, Dark New Day, Stuck Mojo, and Stereo Mud co-writing and internationally releasing BREAKERBOX's single "Soul to Life" and has appeared live with BREAKERBOX for select shows in New York including opening for Seether and Living Colour. 
     Joe recently worked with Corey and also Garrett Whitlock (Mark Tremonti Project) on this 3 song EP with anticipation of writing more material for a full length release. 

"TTR (Test Tube Rhino) is his project for launching selfish guitar madness. Lucky us. His liquid tone, melodic lines, and tendency to break out savage note flurries are delightful."

-Mike Molenda, Guitar Player 

"His playing breathes the lyrical melodic phrasing of Joe Satriani with elements of Buckethead’s acoustic mastery and articulation of the brilliant Paul Gilbert. For guitar instrumental lovers, InVitro is everything you could ask for."

Alex Jasperse - 

"The instrumental tracks veer from Steve Vai/ Joe Satriani speed shredding to Lenny Kravitz funky blues and rock to Jeff Beck Blow era jazz rock. "

Bob Silvestri -
Best of

"Rock guitar instrumentals that allow for plenty of solo space, multi-layered esoterica, melodic richness, over-the-top shred, liquid legato lines, torrid tapping - in short, an outlet for the "experimental and selfish side of my playing," as Pinnavaia describes it."

The Undiscovered -
Guitar 9 Records 

"Test Tube Rhino is a killer project made up of killer tracks, killer writing and playing. Creative, diverse, interesting and gripping are all words I would use to describe this music."

Tom Hess - Tom Hess Music Corporation

"All instrumental, the sound is a pure sonic guitar feast in the timeless musical spirit of Robert Fripp and even Norwegian guitar god Terje Rypdal."

Robert Silverstein-
Music Web Express 3000 

"...very reminiscent of a certain Mr Fripp and his adventurous freedom of note choice and relaxed approach do call to mind Joe Satriani – all simmeringly quite cosily together in the sort of controlled sonic gumbo that needs a little spice…..which of course he adds in the form of some blazing modern techno-fetish lines."

Robert Silverstein-
Music Web Express 3000

"As a one-man project, Test Tube Rhino could suffer from a lack of diversity – but it doesn’t. Understated numbers like “I’m Not Doing Anything to Feel Sorry” shows Joey P. has a deft touch with supple lead guitar figures."

Christopher J. Kelter -

Thank You Joe!