Joe Diorio Trio: Joe Diorio Trio: Live (2001)
Diorio has a guitar sound that's immediately recognizable after just a few chords. He has the ability to make his music appear as if it is going in two different directions at the same time. This is what he calls scalar lines, a concept explained in his instruction book. Diorio is also equally at home with mainstream and avant-garde jazz. One gets a taste of the latter on the well worn and oft performed, "Lover Man" which is given a 14 + minute harmonic analysis by the trio. The playing on this piece by the group is extraordinarily expressive, revealing a mutual empathy that comes with their long time association. The opening of "Corcovado" leaves the listener trying to anticipate which way the group is going to take this song. The mystery is solved as they delve passionately into and exhaust the many improvisational possibilities of the Jobim masterpiece. It's hard to imagine there are any avenues left to explore here. The rest of the play list is treated to similar rhythmic and rich harmonic invention. This is an excellent album and is highly recommended.
In addition to his live performances and recordings, Diorio is a leading jazz guitar educator. You can find more about this activity and other information on Diorio at his web site, www.joediorio.com.
Track Listing: Lover Man; Corcovado; Green Dolphin Street; A Child Is Born; Yesterdays; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Personnel: Joe Diorio - Guitar; Bob Magnusson - Bass; Jim Plank - Drums
Record Label: BluePort Records