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Maurizio Pugno -  Guitar Player - Born, August 3, 1966 - Gubbio (PG) - Italy
Maurizio Pugno
STYLE

Chicago Blues, Jump Blues, West Coast Blues, R&B, Soul, Surf, Rock & Roll.

INFLUENCES
Tiny Grimes, Jimmy Bryant, Carl Stalling, Charlie Christian, Grant Green, Lonnie Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Magic Sam, Herb Hellis, Ritchie Blackmore, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Howlin Wolf, Freddy King, Jerry Garcia, Otis Rush, Steve Cropper, Little Walter, Ry Cooder, Scotty Moore, Ronnie Earl, Hollywood Fats, Jimmie Vaughan, Henry Mancini, Duke Robillard, Amos Garrett, Earl Bostic, Hank Marvin, Teisco Del Rey, Albert King, B.B. King, Louis Jordan, Albert Collins, Nokie Edwards, Keith Richard, Roy Buchanan, Count Basie.

EQUIPMENT:
Guitar-amp:
Fender Bassman (1959 reissue)
Fender Supereverb (1965 reissue)
Ampeg Gemini I G-12 112 (1965)
Fender Blues Junior

Guitars:
Fender Stratocaster (1962)
Fender Telecaster (1954 reissue)
Gretsch Nashville Western (1957 reissue)
Gibson E-335 (1979)
Epiphone Casino (2007)
Fender Stratocaster Elite (1983)
Fender Stratocaster Stefano Bisognani (1997)

Effects:
Handmade JAM Pedals (Tube Dreamer58, The Chill Vibrato)

BIOGRAPHY

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.