499

Nick Fiore: Nick Fiore 4

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Nick Fiore: Nick Fiore 4 Bassist Nick Fiore started his professional music life in Philadelphia back in 1949, then moved to Detroit in '52, where he spent a half a century playing the Motor City Jazz scene, including a three-year stint at the Rooster Tail Night Club, with The Johnny Trudell Band, backing up stars like Tony Bennett, Steve Allen, Dionne Warwick and Wayne Newton.

Fiore also spent years working with his own piano/bass/drums trios. After a long and vibrant career, the bassist—in his eighth decade now—is releasing his first CD under his own name, Nick Fiore 4. It is a highly-polished set of engaging sounds—a cool flow of upbeat mainstreamers, bossas, and sambas, with an emphasis on gorgeous melodies and stellar musicianship.

The set of all-Fiore originals features several tunes dedicated to the bassist's family. "Nicky's Samba" is an energetic Brazilian-tinged nod to his son; a trio effort, with San Diego's Rick James giving off an ebullient piano vibe, born of a succinct touch and musical gregariousness that sets the tone for the set. On "Sandy's Bossa," for Fiore's beloved wife of 49 years, alto saxophonist Howie Segurson joins the trio. There is a richness and depth of emotion here, with Segurson's alto giving off a ringing, reverent quality befitting a man's loving tribute to his wife.

Fiore offers up a piano trio tune, "Song for Stacia," for his daughter—a gentle, tender melody, touched by a hint of the wistful. "Stan's Waltz" pays tribute to Fiore's brother, with Segurson blowing in a robust mode in front of drummer Kirk Hoffman's bump-and-shuffle rhythm.

On "Carole's Theme," for Fiore's sister-in-law, Segurson switches to flute and Hoffman adds a Latin vibe for smooth-flowing elegance. "Camille," for Fiore's daughter-in-law, is another flute vehicle for Segurson, as cool, beautiful and laid back as a tune can be.

Fiore has added a few more tunes to the tributes, the highlight being "Groovin'@ Beumont's," in remembrance of the bassist's gigs at the Bird Rock, La Jolla nightspot where he backed San Diego-based saxophonist/vocalist Joe Marillo. It's sparkling tune, featuring Segurson's stinging alto, hinting at the good times and good music in the seaside nightclub.

Nick Fiore 4 proves itself a marvelous introduction to a veteran musician—a classic set full of lovely and compelling tunes.


Track Listing: Nicky's Samba; Sandy's Bossa; Song for Stacia; Stan's Waltz; Carole's Theme; Rick's Waltz; Groovin' @ Beuamont's; Why Don't You Tell Me?; Camille; It's Just That Time; Espana.

Personnel: Nick Fiore: bass; Richard James; piano; Kirk Hoffman: drums; Howie Segurson: alto saxophone (2, 4, 7, 11), flute (5, 9).

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Self Produced


Shop

More Articles

Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Eos CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read More Than This CD/LP/Track Review More Than This
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "Columbia Years 1968-1969" CD/LP/Track Review Columbia Years 1968-1969
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 4, 2016
Read "Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966" CD/LP/Track Review Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966
by Doug Collette
Published: June 11, 2016
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "Old Door Phantoms" CD/LP/Track Review Old Door Phantoms
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 5, 2016
Read "Machine Gun: Live At The Fillmore East First Show" CD/LP/Track Review Machine Gun: Live At The Fillmore East First Show
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: November 6, 2016
Read "Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works" CD/LP/Track Review Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 4, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

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!