Grand Boulevard is a 16-track album (55 Minutes) that runs the gamut of musical genres, incorporating guitar rock, funk, ballads, R&B, reggae, and orchestral pop, all featuring Baldassarre as chief axeman and composer.
Composed primarily during the isolation of covid at world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London, Grand Boulevard is produced by Phil Naish, who has produced several Grammy Award-winning albums.
The album is receiving early raves from the press with the UK’s Fireworks Magazine declaring the album to be “flawlessly crafted, genre-spanning and offering something for everyone. Highly impressive!” Progsheet enthused that the album is “bursting with strong, catchy compositions and memorable guitar acrobatics…” The UK’s Powerplay avowed, “This Grand Boulevard has roses along the way”.
“YOU’RE GONNA BE RIGHT” is an inspirational/motivational track from my new solo album, GRAND BOULEVARD. The idea for the story came from a fortune-telling machine in East Village, New York. Zoltar, the fortune teller, gave me this message on a ticket: “If you believe you can’t or if you believe you can…you’re right”. Great wisdom for .25 cents! The riff was inspired by Shostakovich’s Fugue No. 5 (Measures 5-8 if you want to look it up). I live by this message and I hope it inspires you! Carl Baldassarre
(New York, NY) – Guitarist/educator/composer Carl Baldassarre has just released a new lyric video for the Zeppelin/Beatles-inspired track, “Sands of Tarifa”. The song is taken from his solo inaugural album, GRAND BOULEVARD, due out on April 28th. Motivated by his lifelong passion and musicological study of the mighty Led Zeppelin, “Sands of Tarifa,” echoes the exotic Middle Eastern sound captured in “Kashmir” and The Beatles Revolver album. Recorded at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios, the song also features the London Symphony Orchestra.
Of “Sands of Tarifa,” Baldassarre explains it is, “Inspired by a vision I had while spending time on the beaches of Tarifa, Spain (the southernmost point of Europe). From that vantage point, you can see Northern Africa and Morocco”. Carl humorously states, “If Led Zeppelin and The Beatles had a baby, it would sound like “Sands of Tarifa”!”
(New York, NY) – Guitarist/educator/composer Ca
The inspiration for the music stems from seeing AC/DC in a Vienna, Austria football stadium. “I was completely blown away by the band and bonded together with the 60,000 enraptured fans! I left feeling quite inspired by the power, energy, and unity of the whole experience. The sound and vision of that concert stuck with me, and I was determined to write a piece of music in that genre to close my album, GRAND BOULEVARD.”