Release Date: 01/15/21
Apicella's 2nd ZOHO album, available in CD and 180 g vinyl, celebrates 1950s guitarists Freddie Green and Barney Kessel.
Four: This is what swinging hard-bop is all about. I incorporated some ideas in my arrangement of the head. First, notice how the time signature changes to 3/4. My mentor and occasional Iron City bandmate, Sonny Fortune, would perform in a duo with drummer Rashid Ali. He loved talking about how they would always play the tune 'Four' in three!
The tag I learned from the original recording of the tune which Miles Davis did in 1954. His records from this era with Horace Silver are my favorites.
Some Other Spring: I love Billie Holiday's 1950s Verve records featuring guitarists Barney Kessel and Kenny Burrell. I can't think of better musician to help me interpret her work than Stephen Riley. This duo arrangement is based on the way I play the tune solo. It was great collaborating with Riley on this one and talking about our approach to the tune.
Beautiful Love: This is my nod to Vic Juris. His passing during the making of this record had an effect on me. This tune is one of my favorite Bill Evans Trio recordings. He and Jim Hall made a couple of wonderful duo albums together.
Shiny Stockings: Everyone's favorite Count Basie tune. No matter what gig I play it on, solo or with the band, it kills.
Funky Mama: I recently came by several records on vinyl by the greatest blues pianist of all, Otis Spann. On some records he plays solo piano and sings, some are duo with guitarists Lonnie Johnson and Robert Lockwood Jr.
This Big John Patton tune is our set opener. Its down-home feel works great as a solo guitar arrangement.
Eclipso: The first jazz record I owned was Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane, and Tommy Flanagan. The pianist wrote two tunes I have now recorded.
All The Way: My love of Frank Sinatra is how I became a fan of Tony Mattola. Last year his son, Tony Jr. shared with me a rare record from the early 1980s called All The Way. This solo arrangement is my tribute to his playing on that.
|Run Time: 31 mins|
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