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The selection of tunes on this disc were the portent of very hip things to come. This fine trio has woven a tapestry of jazz that swings tastefully, like a porch glider on a summers day, (with a song like "Skylark") And then taking off into orbit on a tune like "Our Delight" the next. Dino Losito is a bop oriented musician that has a firm grasp on the roots of "modern jazz". As in all good Pianists, there is the shadow of Bud Powell omnipresent in his playing.
Neil Miner is a strong Bassist and worked very nicely in this trio. Mike Melito's sensitive drumming was a huge plus for this ensemble. There was no overplaying and the accents were apropos to the soloist's intention. "Happy Times"..Speed indeed for Losito as this tune got off the ground. The Drums and Bass stayed in the race with the leader in fine style. "There It Is" An original piece with Frank Strazzeri like phrasing. Nice ideas laid down by Losito.
"Skylark" Mr. Mercer would approve. Sensitive treatment by all. Romantic mood set by the leader.
"Our Delight"..Tadd Dameron's classic is done at racehorse tempo, with Losito all over the 88's. This tune had me grinning like a possum spittin' 'simmon seeds. A marvelous tribute to TD. He would smile that special smile and softly applaud the guys.
"Like That" Another original by the leader that strolls along majestically. "Stars Fell On Alabama" Saloon time styling with a helping of elegance. This tune has a beautiful melody and it was handled with the respect it deserved by the trio and especially by Mr. Losito.
This disc is an exploration into the time proven power of Be-bop and love songs. A great addition to any collection.
Track Listing: Happy Times, There It Is, Skylark, Our Delight, Soul Eyes, Like That, When You Wish Upon A Star, I'll Close My Eyes, Stars Fell On Alabama
Personnel: Dino Losito, Piano, Neil Miner, Bass, Mike Melito, Drums