Shawn Costantino: Waltz for Anne (2011)
Costantino plays with a warm, relaxed and soothing tone in the smooth jazz tracks "Don't Let Me Be Lonely," "The Touch of Your Lips" and "Song for Ryan." But on "The Transplant," "Waltz for Anne" and "Bailout," his tone and improvisations are freer, more aggressive and deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. The faster pace, harmonic sophistication and virtuosic improvisations on "Bailout" are reminiscent of 1950s hard bop.
The sound of the electric guitar and organ on James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" and the funk arrangements of The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" give the music a rock/jazz fusion feel. The Hindu-influenced, sitar-like intro in "Can't Buy Me Love" is a reminder of the connection and fascination of The Beatles with the culture and music of India.
Waltz for Anne is Shawn Costantino first recording as a leader, and surely a step in the right direction for this Boston native.
Track Listing: Can't By Me Love; Whatever You Do; Don't Let Me Be Lonely; The Transplant; Waltz for Anne; The Touch Of Your Lips; Song for Ryan; Bailout.
Personnel: Shawn Costantino: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet. Andrew Synowiec: guitar. Lincoln Cleary: piano, fender rhodes, organ. Jens Kuross: drums. David Hughes: bass.
Record Label: Self Produced