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MAURIZIO PUGNO is one of the finest Italian guitar players today and
he has been with the Blues for 25 years!
He lives in Gubbio, a little city in Umbria with a Medieval atmosphere,
but where the humid air of Mississippi has arrived at our door modified
by mild Mediterranean currents.
Maurizio has long been a part of the Italian blues scene contributing
his abilities and expertise to the Rico Blues Combo for the past 10
years with history dating back even further in the Wolves Blues Band
prior to that.
He is known as a perfect accompanist for vocalists. He has accompanied
some of the best blues singers that have toured Europe, such notables as
SUGAR RAY NORCIA, MARK DUFRESNE, LYNWOOD SLIM and TAD ROBINSON and with
other great musicians such as DAVE SPECTER, MIKE TURK, SAX GORDON,
KELLIE RUCKER, EGIDIO “JUKE” INGALA, ALBERTO MARSICO, GIO ROSSI, RICO
BLUES COMBO (with 4 cds released), MITCH WOODS, MATT LEDDY, IAN PAICE
and many others.
Pugno’s cds “That’s What I Found Out”(2007) and latest “Kill The
Coffee” (2009), released on the American label Pacific Blues Rec.
co-produced by Jerry Hall.
For this recordings Maurizio collaborated with two of America's premiere
blues vocalists, SUGAR RAY NORCIA (whose musical resume includes work
with Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Roomful Of Blues, as well as his
own celebrated band, the Bluetones) and MARK DUFRESNE (Roomful Of
Blues). Not merely relegated to sidemen duties, Maurizio generously
allows room for Sugar and Mark to step into the spotlight, contributing
all of the albums lyrics and vocals, in addition to supplying their
masterful tone and technique on the harmonica.
MAURIZIO PUGNO is an elegant player who knows in detail several
musical styles. His attempt is to make music that is genuine and
melodic, and that doesn’t forget the roots of Black Music.