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“Given the continual increase in the last decade of bass solo albums, it’s become increasingly difficult for any given bassist to stand out. In many cases, these ventures into bass solo territory result in technical displays more than melodic phrasing. Not so with Steve Uccello. To be sure, his technique is worthy of admiration—but, more importantly, his compositions display a focus first and foremost on musicality. Bass players—upright and electric—will appreciate his impeccable tone, his choice phrasing, and his attention to dynamics, while the average music lover will appreciate his songs for the way they swing, groove, and cascade, making listeners feel like they’re experiencing rare moments of enlightenment.”
-Rod C. Taylor, Professor of Literature and Writing at Tennessee State University/writer for Bass Player Magazine, Bass Guitar Magazine, and No Treble/textbook author/bass player

“Uccello’s use of mood is outstanding. It evokes responses ranging from the visceral to the rapturous, without excessive force. FAB!”
– Trip Wamsley-bass virtuoso/composer (May 19, 2010)

“Steve Uccello’s new CD ‘Symmetria’ is a sonic journey. Not only does he coax every nuance available out of his electric and acoustic basses, he also plays percussion, drums, flutes, and guitars himself. It’s a very musical album that takes the listener places. At times I felt I was floating down a river, just gazing at different landscapes.”
-Bassist/Singer-Songwriter John Lester (Oct 15, 2009)

“Symmetria by the Uccello Project is a gorgeous, instrumental and largely unclassifiable record. Best thought of as ‘cinematic’, each of the tracks conjures up a range of emotions and images, taking the listener on a beautiful journey. The layers of basses, guitars and percussion ebb and flow, drawing on jazz, folk, blues and African music, blending all the elements into one lovely album. Recommended.”
– Steve Lawson (Aug 18, 2009)

“I enjoyed the disc quite a bit…I got a nice sense of being in another place as soon as the music started. That was most enjoyable for me.”
– Vinny Golia

“Today we received a new album “Symmetria” composed by Steve Uccello. It is more experimental music than jazz, but we want to grab your attention for its frameless and hardly classifiable style. Uccello has a unique symbol and philosophy for every instrument and every sound he plays. His music becomes a precious spiritual experience from te beginning till the end. The cd is released in a very creative case, which is also an art form in itself.”
– Gaudeamus Jazz Radio Station, Kaunas, Lithuania

“I was swept away by the new CD, Symmetria by Steve Uccello. The CD features Steve with an arsenal of instruments—acoustic bass, electric fretless and fretted basses, mandolins and more. The result of Steve’s alchemy is a treat for the senses—at once soothing and sensual, yet musically demanding and virtuous. The project, mixed and mastered by Universal Audio veteran Tim Prince, has a perfectly balanced, high fidelity sound. My favorite tracks? ‘Golden’ and ‘Meandering Flame’ due to Steve’s emotive arco double bass playing. Thanks for the lovely sounds!
– John Goldsby, Cologne, Germany 8/2009

“Bassist Steve Uccello’s Symmetria is filled with cool and unique sounds, textures, and musical ideas, evoking an imagined atmosphere of open spaces influenced by Ry Cooder’s desert dusty roads as much as anything a bassist could conjure up. It fits a mellow, contemplative mood perfectly.”
– Bryan Beller (Aug, 2009)

“Wow – What a great sounding record! the spacious and warm production really draws you into the mysterious organic textures. The blend of instruments is distinct and compelling.  The music breathes, swells, and moves. Symmetria occupies a musical place all it’s own.  Congratulations Steve – this is special!” 
-Jeff Schmidt (Aug 23, 2009)

“I just received the first Uccello Project CD, ‘Symmetria’ in the mail today.  I was really taken by the track ‘Chiral’ and by the records intriguing blend of acoustic and electric guitars and bass guitars, guitarron, mandolin, gongs, hand drums, drumset, harp and flutes all played by talented multi-instrumentalist, live looper, Steve Uccello. The record has beautiful ambient passages, composed tunes and even veers into experimnental and almost dark ambient territory.  A very impressive first effort.  I look forward to hearing what this talented musician has to play at  the Y2K9 looping festival for the first time this year.
– Rick Walker, composer/lo fi, toy video artist/found sound/live looper, Founder: Y2K International Live Looping Festivals (Aug 28, 2009)

“I have enjoyed to listen your music which is full of colours and moods. I like you bowing and it seems you have very good intonation and sound. You are very sensitive player and you care a lot about sound so in my opinion your music is great to appear in movies and plays. The compositions seems to be similar to famous Angelo Badalamenti’s music.”
-Marcin Oles

“Damn!! We just had Keith, Dayan Kai and Steve Uccello play last Friday in St. Maries Idaho…It was flat unreal and I think the trio really enjoyed playing here. What a bunch of great guys, it was like I’ve known them for a long time…They flat blasted one out of the park. I think the majority of the crowd had kind of an ‘awakening’.”
– Cliff Avery – organizer of the St Maries house concert  (May 26, 2008)

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