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Pianist Jay D'Amico neatly straddles two musical worlds, those of jazz and classical, embodying the best of each on Nocturne, whose subtitle"Jazz Under Glass"explicitly describes D'Amico's singular point of view. All of the compositions and arrangements are his, and they are invariably melodic and tasteful while at the same time underlining such essential Jazz components as spontaneity and swing, albeit with a perceptible classical veneer.
Even though much of the music is temperate and easygoing, D'Amico keeps it interesting by designing graceful melodies and soloing with warmth and assurance alongside his congenial teammates, bassist Greg D'Amico and drummer Vinnie Favata. As befits his nature, several of D'Amico's themes bear titles that would not be out of place in a recital of classical music, such as "Invention in E Minor," "Prelude in C Minor," "Waltz in Db" or "Invention in Eb" (not to mention a "Fantasia," "Ballata," "Lullaby" and "Nocturne"). D'Amico marks his heritage with an "Italian Waltz" and salutes the Emerald Isle with an inward-leaning yet light-hearted "Irish Invention." Completing the program are the lyrical "M.L. Warmup," alluring "Earth Day Theme" and carefree "Dove."
When it comes to blending jazz and classical music D'Amico has few peers, and those who appreciate tasteful music splendidly performed by a first-rate trio should find much that is pleasing in Nocturne.
Track Listing: Invention in E Minor; M.L. Warmup; Earth Day Theme; Prelude in C Minor; The Dove; Fantasia; Ballata; Italian Waltz; Irish Invention; Waltz in Db; Invention in Eb; Lullaby; Nocturne.
Personnel: Jay D'Amico: piano; Greg D'Amico: bass; Vinnie Favata: drums.
I was first exposed to jazz while learning to play chess with my uncles. They would play smooth jazz, and then switch up to more standard types of jazz. But, when they played Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, I was
hooked and I haven't looked back.