CD Review: Adam Nitti "Not of This World"

The Nashville-based Adam Nitti, one of the first bassists to embrace the web, remains ahead of the curve on his fifth solo outing, reviving contempo fusion with strong writing, pocket-first grooves (with the help of stickmen Keith Carlock, Sonny Emory, Kirk Covington, and Derico Watson), and stratospheric solos on his new Ibanez signature 6-string.
By Chris Jisi ,

The Nashville-based Adam Nitti, one of the first bassists to embrace the web, remains ahead of the curve on his fifth solo outing, reviving contempo fusion with strong writing, pocket-first grooves (with the help of stickmen Keith Carlock, Sonny Emory, Kirk Covington, and Derico Watson), and stratospheric solos on his new Ibanez signature 6-string. Taking the melodic lead on the opening shredder, “AntiSocialMedia,” Nitti rotates to the backbeat side to provide the bubbling, octaver-enhanced ostinato on “Roofquake,” and keeps the 16th-note growl going for the sub-hook of “Cosmic Underground.” And so it goes, with solo highpoints on the bluesy “Oakwood” and searing title track, more feel fun on “The Strut,” and the contemplative closing chordal ballad “I Still Believe” (dig the bridge nod to Stevie Wonder’s “As”).