Jay D'Amico: Tuscan Prelude (2008)
D'Amico's trio performance at New York's St. Joseph's in early October, 2008 was an unqualified success. The church, built in 1834, lent an air of "the old country" to the repertoire. It's difficult for a jazz band to play in rooms like churches but D'Amico and brother Greg (bass), with Vinnie Favatta (drums), played with great dynamic control. Despite the multi-faceted nature of many of the pieces, the musicians negotiated each change in dynamics, tempo and mood with effortless grace. In "E Lucevan Le Stelle," an arrangement of Puccini's aria from the opera La Boheme, the audience almost sang along. They later played another Puccini aria, "Nessun Dorma" (No one Sleeps), dedicating it to the late, great tenor Luciano Pavarotti. D'Amico also played his original compositions, "Earth Day Theme" and "The Judge's Decision" (for his mentor Milt Hinton), with the same passion and conviction as the 'time-tested' melodies of Puccini.
Track Listing: Tuscan Prelude; Theme in Bb minor; G minor Ballade; Fuga; Improvviso; Nocturne; Sonata Mvt.1; Mvt. 2; Mvt. 3; Prelude in A minor; Aria in D.
Personnel: Jay D'Amico: piano; Marc Johnson: bass; Ronnie Zito: drums.
Record Label: Consolidated Artists Productions