Dan Arcamone, Trioisms," 2008
There have been some exceptional trios fronted by jazz guitarists which have eluded the radar of even diehard jazz fans -- Bill Connors' fusion trio on Pathfinder Records in the 1980s, Pat Metheny's trio of 1999/2000 and more recently, Tim Miller (see Minor 7th's review of Tim Miller's Trio"). The trio format may be rare because it requires a truly inventive and virtuosic guitarist to successfully transform the energy of just three individuals into something much larger... all while grabbing the public's notoriously brief attention. Dan Arcamone is such a guitarist, and who on his debut CD Trioisms" enlists Rich Zurkowski on bass and Tom Ash on drums to create a wonderful independent release which, in a perfect world, would be worthy of major label interest. Arcamone achieves a warm tone between that of acoustic and electric by miking his PRS hollowbody, and in the process pays sonic homage to Pat Martino and Pat Metheny, two influences from whom he's borrowed this distinctive timbre. It's difficult to categorize Arcamone's music into subgenres, but some tracks ("Reptomin," Tracings," (Re)kindled," So Long and Goodnight") might be most easily labeled fusion, others ("Wish You Were Here," Bambolina," Jane Doe," Smile") simply modern jazz in the tradition of Metheny, Mike Stern or Kurt Rosenwinkel. Trioisms" is a tour-de-force in jazz guitar composition and performance, and will hopefully provide a springboard for Dan Arcamone into a deserved musical future that will defy the fate of a handful of artists that went before, and who bet everything on a trio. Alan Fark
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