Sandro Dominelli: Meet Me in the Alley (2005)
As far as jazz drummers go, Dominelli is a solid technician who proves his rhythm and soloing abilitiesyet the real focus is on his band, which has recorded together over time. These guys gel nicely and it shows. Particular notice goes to the core members: Chris Andrew, who impresses on either acoustic piano or electronic keyboards, and bassist Mike Lent, with whom Dominelli has recorded with in past trio settings.
The mood is a mix of mainstream and contemporary, and it's quite accessible, with different variations like the heavy swing action on the opening selection and the hip B3 organ-like groove on Quiet, which includes nifty piano work and closes with a heated drum and bass solo exchange. There's also some fine horn play on the title piece as Bob Tildesley's flugelhorn provides the afterglow to the breezy melody. On the hard bop grinder "What, saxophonist Dino Dominelli takes center stage with Coltranean antics, that opens up to Sandro delivering an intense drum solo that culminates with electronic delay effects which express classic and current jazz idioms.
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Track Listing: 1. It Was Him 2. All My Love 3. Quiet 4. Blue Spring 5. Alone Togther 6. Bemsha Swing 7. Checking For Hawks 8. Meet Me In The Alley 9. What 10. Prairie Gift
Personnel: Sandro Dominelli - drums; Chris Andrew - piano; Mike Lent - bass; Bob Tildesley - trumpet, flugelhorn; Dino Dominelli - tenor sax.
Record Label: Second Storey Records