Guitarist Joe Diorio is one of those excellent jazz musicians who, regrettably, seem permanently assigned to the "artists deserving wider recognition" category. Performing for more than 30 years, Diorio has worked and/or recorded with some of jazz's more outstanding performers, including Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris and Bill Henderson. He also has produced a full discography of his own recordings as a leader. His latest captures the guitarist in live performance in his usual stalking grounds, Southern California, where he is joined by his regular trio members, jazz notables Bob Magnusson on bass and Jim Plank on drums. As he likes to do, he has constructed a play list of well-known standards which are given a thorough work over coming out with a fresh coat of gleaming musicality.
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
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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