153

Dave Tofani: An American Garden

By

Sign in to view read count
Dave Tofani: An American Garden Dave Tofani is one of many jazz artists who are extraordinarily talented, but who never quite receive the recognition and adulation their work deserves. Tofani has an impressive resume fitting in with such diverse artists and groups as Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, The New York Philharmonic, John Lennon, Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra, among others. He is also a composer of significant skill. His writings appear on more than 500 jazz and classical albums and over 100 major film soundtracks. Yet An American Garden is his first album as a leader. To showcase this collection of his seven expanded jazz compositions, he utilizes an assortment of ensembles varying in size from a quintet to a string orchestra, totaling 41 of New York City's finest performing and studio musicians. Tofani is featured on most cuts playing one or more of the variety of instruments he has mastered, including the alto, soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones, a conglomeration of flutes, clarinets and other instruments. The album kicks off with the upbeat modern complex title tune played by the large band, recalling some of the work of masters of compositions for large aggregations Gil Evans and Gerald Wilson. In contrast, there's the graceful "Elizabeth's Journey" with Tofani's alto riding the plush melodic cushion laid down by the string section. There's even a piece with classical chamber music bent with the flute dominated "Quintetto di Flauti". Matters get a bit more passionate and dramatic with Tofani once more on alto as he applauds the mysteries of the nocturnal Big Apple with "New York at Night". All restraint is put aside as the band easily negotiates meter shifts on the album's rousing coda, "Liberte". A fitting way to end a CD filled with a diversity of musical forms played by top of the list jazz musicians. Recommended.


Track Listing: An American Garden; New York at Night; Quintetto di Flauti; High Mowing Orchestral Suite; Elizabeth's Journey; Rough Ride; Liberte

Personnel: Dave Tofani - Alto, Tenor, Baritone & Soprano Sax/Flutes/Piccolo/Electric Keyboard/Clarinet/ Bass Clarinet; Lawrence Feldman - Alto Sax; Dennis Anderson, Ted Nash - Tenor Sax; Ronnie Cuber - Baritone Sax; Bob Millikan, Danny Cahn, Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm - Trumpet; Jim Pugh, Birch Johnson, Keith O'Quinn - Trombone; Dave Taylor - Bass Trombone; Pat Rebillot - Piano; Ronnie Zito, Danny Gottlieb - Drums; Jeff Mironov, Jack Wilkins - Guitar; Jack Cortner - Conductor; Zev Katz - Electric Bass; David Finck, John Beal, Jay Leonhart - Acoustic Bass; Mark Egan - Fretless Bass; Gordon Gottlieb - Dumbek/Cymbals/Percussion; Ray Spiegel - Tabla; New York City String Orchestra

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Solowinds | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Mettã" CD/LP/Track Review Mettã
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 26, 2016
Read "Welcome Back" CD/LP/Track Review Welcome Back
by John Sharpe
Published: March 28, 2016
Read "Janus" CD/LP/Track Review Janus
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 1, 2016
Read "Man Made Object" CD/LP/Track Review Man Made Object
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 10, 2016
Read "Positive Changes" CD/LP/Track Review Positive Changes
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 29, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!