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Mike Painter Quintet & Viola Road

Mike Painter Quintet & Viola Road

Is considered one of the best hammond players in Italy, having played in some of the most important groups of Italian mod scene, Mike Painter, after the first solo album "Mike Painter & The Family Shakers," returns with a new project and this time not only instrumental.

The melodies in the project entitled " Hammond Voice " are sung by Viola Road, one of the most representative female vocals, of soulful movement in Milan. With a touch of personality and originality, adds to the sound of the quintet the presence of a voice with great technique, interpretation and intonation.

The band's sound passes through the atmosphere of spy movies, from classic instrumental " Bullitt " by Lalo Schifrin, to orchestral themes of the 50's " The Blues in the Night " by Harold Arlen, to the soul sound of " I' am a good women "by Barbara Lynn.

But it is in original songs as Lies and Not One Drop, a perfect sound, nothing to envy to the style of classic northern soul and funk, in which Viola Road enhances his vocal abilities, and Mike Painter with Hammond organ and piano,returns in great style as a composer and arranger.

Tour Dates

Artist Country State City Venue Date
Mike Painter Quintet & Viola Road Italy Pordenone Deposito Giordani Mar 16, 2012
Mike Painter Quintet & Viola Road Italy Brescia JazzOnLive Apr 20, 2012
Mike Painter Quintet & Viola Road Italy Milano Biko May 26, 2012
Mike Painter & the Family Shakers Cover
  • Mike Painter & the Family Shakers
  • Jazz, R&B/Soul
  • Mike Painter
  • 04/15/2010
  • Mike Painter & the Family Shakers
Liner Notes: "Composer and Hammond player from Milan, Mike Painter (Michele Pingitore) began his career in the early eighties as member of the mod-beat band "Four By Art". The band were prime movers of the neosixties scene for a long time, boasting the self-produced single "My mind in four sight" and two albums for the Electric Eye label produced by Claudio Sorge (at the time Sorge was an editorial staff member of "Rockerilla" music magazine. He is now Editor of "Rumore") Following this success, Mike then formed mod-soul group "The Investigators" releasing a record for Vox Pop, one of the most highly-regarded Italian labels of that time. By now heavily influenced by the acid jazz scene, he continued to tour extensively with a series of changing line-ups inspired by Booker T. & the MG's, Jimmy Mc Griff, Corduroy and the James Taylor Quartet. Then it was time for a leap into a wider market with the pop-soul ensemble "Il Santo" where he teamed up with Alex Loggia (ex Statuto), pressing an EP for the Lilium label (distributed by Sony Music). Mike and Alex continued to collaborate as "Mr. Tokyo And Beat Goes On", a ska-rocksteady flavoured offshoot of Il Santo. Mr Tokyo went on to release the album "Summer Sessions" on the Audioglobe label. Finally, after many years spent in different bands here it is - his first solo project: "MIKE PAINTER AND THE FAMILY SHAKERS". Teaming up with former Casino Royale player Roberto "Gato" Barbieri (tenor sax and horns arrangements) and Alex Loggia (guitar), Mike brings us a rich blend of sublime Hammond leads and cool modern jazz sounds."
  1. Go up !
  2. Pygmy
  3. Old Grand Dad
  4. This Guy 'S in Love With You...
  5. She Loves Me ( Or Not )
  6. Stuck
  7. Ain' T No Mountain High Enough...
  8. Let ' S Stay Together
  9. Jumping Bug
  10. El Diablo' S Smelly Shoes
  11. Teek Taak Boom
  12. Follow Me
  13. Beat Me Till I'm Blue
  14. U.F.O.
  15. Acid Favour
Hammond Voice Cover
  • Hammond Voice
  • R&B/Soul, Jazz
  • Mike Painter Quintet & Viola Road
  • 11/21/2011
  • Hammond Voice
Liner Notes: Mike Painter is considered one of the best hammond players in Italy, having played in some of the most important groups of the Italian mod scene, after the first solo album "Mike Painter & The Family Shakers," returns with a new project and this time not only instrumental. The melodies in the project entitled " Hammond Voice " are sung by Viola Road, one of the most representative female vocals, of soulful movement in Milan. With a touch of personality and originality, adds to the sound of the quintet the presence of a voice with great technique, interpretation and intonation. The band's sound passes through the atmosphere of spy movies, from classic instrumental " Bullitt " by Lalo Schifrin, to orchestral themes of the 50's " The Blues in the Night " by Harold Arlen, to the soul sound of " I' am a good women "by Barbara Lynn. But it is in original songs as “ Lies “ and “ Not One Drop “, a perfect sound, nothing to envy to the style of classic northern soul and funk, where Viola Road enhances his vocal abilities, and Mike Painter with Hammond organ and piano,returns in great style as a composer and arranger.
  1. Lies
  2. I'm a Good Woman
  3. Ligth My Fire
  4. Bullit Theme
  5. Not One Drop
  6. Stairs to Nowhere
  7. The Blues in the Night
  8. Surrender
  9. Baby I've Got a Surprise
  10. The Wolf Is Back
Soul Hunter Cover
  • Soul Hunter
  • Jazz, R&B/Soul
  • Mike Painter & the Family Shakers
  • 04/21/2004
  • Soul Hunter
Liner Notes: Mike Painter & The family Shakers, italian hammond organ player, rare single released on vinyl only limited edition.
  1. Soul Hunter