Dave Tofani Quartet: Nights At The Inn (2007)
Tofani is a first-call musician with a resume that indicates versatility, as an accompanist for Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, George Benson and Barbra Streisand, as well as pop acts like Steely Danhe performed on their Grammy-winning Two Against Nature (Giant Records, 2000)and John Lennon, on Double Fantasy (Capitol Records, 1980).
Nights At The Inn stays in mainstream jazz territory, though, presenting vibrant workouts of Ellingtons's "In a Sentimental Mood," showcasing Tofani's gorgeous, rich tone, Cole Porter's "What is This Thing Called Love?," Thad Jones' "A Child is Born" and the Kern/Hammerstein classic, "All The Things You Are."
The saxophonist's songwriting skills are also on display on the bouncy "Brushes on the Snare" and "You Caught Me," and create a high-energy highlight on "Trip to Madrid."
If you go out for a live set of jazz, this is what you want to hear: a sparkling, first-rate band with an impassioned saxophonist leading the way. Great mainstream sounds!
Track Listing: Angelica; Brushes on the Snare; A Child Is Born; You Caught Me; In a Sentimental Mood; Trip to Madrid; All the Things You Are; I Hear a Rhapsody; What Is This Thing Called Love; Violets for Your Furs.
Personnel: Dave Tofani: tenor saxophone; Jesse Green: piano; Evan Gregor: bass; Ronnie Zito drums; Steve LaSpina: bass (2, 8); Jack Wilkins: guitar (4, 6).
Record Label: SoloWinds, Inc