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(This is a review from Japan. The original is below the English translation. -rb-)

Subject: "Positive Charge" CD Review

This is the album which (was) made by a studio guitarist from Chicago
I've never heard his name but it seems he has a long career as far as I can see in his profile.

From first tune he plays the melody by guitar synthesizer like
On his solo, he plays out and really fast with the distortion tone.
After that there are tricky and very technical tunes which are based on
rock, funk and jazz but his way making the sound is never away from a royal road of the

Guest rhythm section, Kirk Covington(drums) and Victor Wooten(bass)
play tight, too and other players also play in high level.

If you like Tone Center guitar-fusion with typical hard core
guitar-fusion sound, you can enjoy this album.

It may be difficult to get this albums but you can buy on his web or
CD baby.

(Original review in Japanese)



As Reviewed in the Illinois Entertainer 10/31/05

Chicago fusion guitarist Robert Baglione lets it all hang out on his latest release, Positive Charge. This is jazz fan and musician-oriented music, full of odd, funky grooves, long solos, and chops aplenty. There are also guest spots by heavy hitters like Victor Wooten, Bill Dickens, and Kirk Covington. Baglione has world-class guitar skills and will appeal to those who appreciate music for its own sake. (www.robertbaglione.com)

– Mike O’Cull


Currents from the July/August 2006 issue of JazzTimes Magazine

Positive Charge (Mechanics 'N Music)

Proof positive that this is a musician’s project comes with “Bagabob,” written by tenor saxophonist Carl Coan. Coan gets his chance to show his chops, but only after Tom Hipskind’s meticulous two-and-a-half minute drum solo. That’s a compelling example of teamwork on Chicago guitarist Robert Baglione’s hard-charging mix of fusion and bop with a hearty dollop of jam-band ethos.

Baglione’s edgy electric guitar rides over the playing of his band, which includes Victor Wooten on bass and Joseph Wooten and Leandro Lopez Varady on keys and synth. Classic fusion jamming is the theme, but when Baglione takes time to breathe and slow things down is when the music shines. On the late Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue,” for example, Baglione tones down its Latin aspects to bring a fresh shine to the classic. Bassist Bill Dickens ensures it’s memorable by pounding away on a seven-string bass—and rest assured he uses each one. Also compelling are Baglione’s angular, sexy guitar lines à la Jeff Beck on “The Undecided” and his smooth classical guitar on the relaxing “Green Miles.”

Positive Charge may only get heard by jazz cats in the audience when Baglione plays his frequent gigs around the Windy City, but it’s worth wider listening by those seeking a taste of meaty fusion.

-Brian Soergel


Comments from: Bass Musicians Magazine Worlwide Review

Positive Charge is a great CD featuring hip listenable compositions, great playing, memorable melodic tunes, lots of interesting musical twists, and funky tight grooves. To me, this CD represents what fusion should be. Baglione is a monster guitarist who for years has gigged with many top jazz artists and is now (finally) becoming well known in his own right. He has the rare good musical sense to focus on the music instead of showboating his amazing chops to excess which is too often the case these days.

Although all the players here are virtuoso level jazz lions, they play as an ensemble and every note services the song and the music. The result is a powerful, melodic and uplifting CD.

Victor Wooten on bass....... need I say more? His playing adds funk, groove, sass, and greatly contributes to the overall good vibe on this project. James Cammack is another great bass player who shines on this CD. Both players provide a textbook example of how to hold down the groove and propel the ensemble by infusing their wonderful musical personalities. Great sax, drums and keyboards round out the project.

Positive Charge is a great name for this CD because you feel re-charged with positive energy after listening to these very musical grooves. As in life, it’s amazing what people can do when they work together toward the greater good without regard to individual egos. If you are looking for intelligent, melodic and uplifting music, check out Positive Charge.

Posted by: dan peterson | March 25, 2008 at 07:56 AM

Correction to my earlier review......We can't leave Bill Dickens out of the discussions about Positive Charge. He provides some excellent bass soloing on a couple of tunes also. The addition of Dickens, who is another great bass player contributing along with Victor Wooten and Jimmy Cammack make this CD an all star bass player convention.

Posted by: dan peterson | March 25, 2008 at 05:54 PM

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