Mike DiRubbo: From the Inside Out
DiRubbo's fine group features trombonist Steve Davis (now playing with Chick Corea's Origin), Bruce Barth on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Carl Allen on piano. The quintet performs four originals, including the Coltrane-inspired title tune and the infectious "Blues to Your Old Country," which DiRubbo says was inspired by Sicilian funeral marches. The standards covered here are refreshing ones that underline the leader's influences: Sahib Shihab's "Rue de la Harpe," a tune previously recorded by McLean with Dexter Gordon; and "You're A Weaver of Dreams," a ballad featured on the classic Cannonball and Coltrane album. DiRubbo even brings some unexpected originality and free-spirited blowing to his version of "Over the Rainbow."
Recorded in October 1994, when he was just 24, and unissued till now, From The Inside Out shows DiRubbo to be an exceptionally accomplished musician despite his tender years. If he's worked hard and recent years have been kind to him, he should today be among the better young alto players on the jazz scene.
Record Label: Sharp Nine Records