Richie Summa Quartet: Tear It Down (2002)
In the nearly forty-four minutes of music on Tear It Down, Summa’s playing demonstrates a delightfully light and deft approach to his instrument. Summa is also an inventive improviser, and the accompanying rhythm section of piano, bass, and drums are unobtrusively supportive to the leader and featured soloist. Scott McQuade, pianist for much of the recording also provides some excellent musical moments during his improvised solos.
The musicianship on Tear It Down is of an unquestionably high caliber, and the overall sound quality of the recording is clean, crisp and with good balance and separation between the instruments. For those who enjoy jazz guitar in particular, and those who enjoy pleasant sounding music in general, Richie Summa has put together a nice recording that would be a welcome addition to a collection.
Track Listing: Tear It Down, Road Song, The Phoenix Love Theme, On the Stairs, Until Sunrise, Skippin', World of Tomorrow, Affirmation, Musty, Blues for Sal
Personnel: Richie Summa, Guitar; Burt Wolf, Bass; Leon Anderson, Drums; Manuel Valera, Piano; Scott McQuade, Piano