Italian organist Vito Di Modugno has made a solid name for himself with several well-received Red Records releases that include, Organ Trio Plus Guests (2007), Organ Grooves (2008), Organ Trio, Volume 2 (2009), and now the delightfully swinging East Side. Di Modugno is first among a progressive group of B3 specialists who are charging mainstream jazz with a well-developed vision that is neither too traditional nor overly experimental.
Di Modugno opens his recital with the titled original, introducing the piece with a B3 flourish owing much to the great Jimmy Smith without being enslaved by him. That part becomes apparent when Di Modugno switches to Fender Rhodes and the ensemble begins properly. Despite its title, "East Side Blue" is not a blues but a simple piece, not unlike plainchant, where Di Modugno and special guests tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and trumpeter Fabio Morgera have a plum perch from which to launch solos with saxophonist Michele Carrabba and guitarist Pietro Condorelli, from the leader's ensemble. Di Modugno's cosmopolitan brand of jazz is easy and accessible. This is sharp and vibrant music borne of the greasy chitlin' circuit yet smelling of cologne and clove cigarettes. There is a European sophistication here becoming of the music and musicianship that is thanks enough to America for this gift of jazz. Swing on.
Personnel: Vito Di Modugno: Hammond B3 organ, Fender piano; Pietro Condorelli:
guitar; Massimo Manzi: drums; Jerry Bergonzi: tenor saxophone; Fabio
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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