, First Day is an enjoyable album that features some extraordinary performances by these seasoned jazzmen.
A few short years later, Sammi made the leap from lawyer to full-time music student when he was awarded a scholarship to study jazz composition at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In the midst of his full-time study, and maintaining a busy performance schedule, Sammi self-produced his first album First Day (2009) to wide acclaim.
The album is a rare find in the jazz world today, as it is derived from a single concept, in this case the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, with each piece connected through elements derived from the movie and from the theories of the film's main character, mathematician John Nash. Mixing elements of modern classical, jazz, rock and freely-improvised music, the album represents the deep emotional connection that Sammi feels to the storyline and to Nash himself, while avoiding becoming an "alternative soundtrack" of sorts. With an all-star cast of sidemen, including bassist John Lockwood and legendary saxophonist George Garzone
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