New York City’s newest prog rock sensation, MIGLIORI AMICI & CO. release their debut Ep, (best of friends) today via Vanity Music Group. An exciting six song effort that showcases the preeminent level of talent that makes up MIGLIORI AMICI & CO, (best of friends) is much more than a showcase of how well the individual members can play their respective instruments, it’s a well constructed, song oriented piece of work that crosses over from progressive rock into the melodic rock realm. 

MIGLIORI AMICI & CO. came to life at the beginning of Covid amidst the unsettling feeling guitarist Ray DeTone had about the immediate future.  He put a call in to friend and former Jefferson Starship drummer, Michael Sciotto with the idea of tracking and co-producing an instrumental prog rock Ep. “We were all stuck at home, a situation we had never really been put in before.” recalls DeTone. “We decided to create a piece of art rather than just sit around bored.” Next, the duo starting reaching out to friends, including the likes of Mark Clarke (Colosseum, Billy Squier), Nicky Moroch (Elton John, David Bowie), Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steve Wilson), Alex Salzman (Ace Frehley), the late David J Keyes (Renaissance, Willy DeVille), Dave Trupia (Marty Balin), and Ralph Merigliano (Ross The Boss).  The result is an unparalleled tour de force of melodic prog rock.

The Ep’s opening track, “Sick Shit” sees MIGLORI AMICI & CO move all over the progressive spectrum at once as they enter symphonic territory and progressive metal as well as traditional progressive patches throughout the song, while “Sun” in complete contrast is light, airy and laid back.  “Arctic Drift” takes you on a voyage as DeTone’s melodic playing – and Sciotto’s slick groove and fluid performance makes odd time signatures seem standard – effortlessly pulls the listener in then “Shattered Glass” sees the entire band seemingly fight each other for attention and in doing so the listener is forced to follow closely, mentally separating each instrument.  The two cover songs on (best of friends),the Davey Arthur and the Fureys classic from 1977, “Glasgow Reel” – also known as “Tam Linn” –  albeit kicked into overdrive, led by DeTone’s blinding but melodic guitar work and Jason Becker’s “Images” in which they pay tribute to the guitar hero whose performing career was cut short in 1989 when he was diagnosed with ALS, both showcase the diversity MIGLIORI AMICI & CO. were out to present on (best of friends).

Distributed by The Orchard / Sony Music, (best of friends) can be found in local record shops as well as on Amazon  and Apple Music  as well as streamed on Spotify.. 

Tomorrow, 1 October MIGLIORI AMICI & CO. will participate in the globally live-streamed charity event, Children of the World, broadcast from New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Australia, India, Singapore, Hungary and the UK and accessed through the LetMeHelp website.  Aside from MIGLIORI AMICI & CO. there will be performances from acts ranging from today’s upstarts to legends across many genres of music, including Abigayle Kompst, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Alice Howe, Alien Eyes, Amber Adams, Ayden Skye, Arizona Lindsey, Bonfire, Bria Lee, Bronx Wanderers, Cal Stamp, Cherie Valaray, Chris Pati, Clint Holmes, Colosseum, Convergence, Daisy Joplin , David Osmond, Debbie Gibson, Domini Monroe, Drmagdn, Dr Mobi, Gemma Louise Doyle, Graeme Clark (Wet Wet Wet), Hema Sardesai, Janna Jamison, Jean Beauvoir, John Fusco, John Lodge (Moody Blues), JonPaul Wallace, KD da Kid, Kenny Aronoff, Kenny Marquez, Kevin Simm (Wet Wet Wet), Kylie Marshall, Leland Sklar (Toto), Leon (Leon & The Peoples) , Linda Gambino, Lipstereo, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Margarita Monet, Melba Moore, Mickey Burns, Nicole Marie VP, Nicole Furno, Osibisa, Paul Anka, Reckless in Vegas, Renee Leavitt, Revolushn, Rick Eberle, Rob Eberle, Ricky Rebel, Rob Eberly, Robert Kool (Kool and the Gang), Rocky Kramer, Roxanne Luciano, Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), Scant Regard, Sophia Angelica, Stephen Devassy, Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction), Susan Ruth, Suzi Quatro, Stacey Toy, Ten Years After, Thelma Houston, The Spell, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Tony Moore (Cutting Crew), Tony Orlando, Wicker Twinz, Will Crewdson (Adam Ant), Will Nunziata, YNG Zuck, 40 Flow and more.  The concert runs from 6:00pm – 12:00am EST with all proceeds directed to ‘Let Me Help’, a 501 (c)(3) Tax Exempt, Nonprofit Charitable Foundation.

“I’m honored to have two of my projects of love and art represented in this amazing Letmehelp charity streaming event on Oct 1,” says Ray DeTone. “Prog Rock collaboration Migliori Amici & Co. after our Sep 30 release date will premiere a brand new video during this concert. AND my Japanese music and dance project Convergence will also be interviewed and present a video. Please join the stream as it is a great event hosted by the most magnanimous John “Sohojohnny” Pasquale.”