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Sometimes a touch of class is what is needed to keep music interesting. This is decidedly the case with singer Tony Gallo's recording Something To Say, which showcases the smooth vocals of an obvious seasoned performer. Performing in the Boston and New England area, Gallo has a strong tenor to baritone range with the right amount of style that works well within the variety of music he and his flexible band plays. In covering jazz, R&B, and pop covers the selections are given stylish treatments that exude familiarity, yet still pronounce an air of freshness.
Gallo and his band start things off with a cover of Miles Davis "All Blues," giving the classic instrumental piece a makeover with lyrics and a funky rhythm. Gallo's voice is rich with inflection on Duke Ellington's "Do Nothing Til You Hear from Me" as he expresses the lyrics with soulful confidence. He reveals a careful study of other great vocal influences such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles, with an ability to handle diverse material and engage the listener.
Gallo's band is also impressive; they handle the material with top-notch musicianship that should have listeners tapping their feet or just humming along. Highlights include Cole Porter's "Night and Day," which spots some nice rhythm and piano work, and the tight N'awleans horns on "Ain't Misbehavin'." Others include the heartfelt "Song for My Father" and "Autumn Leaves," which both contain slightly Latin-flavored horns and patterns, and a danceable version of Sonny Rollins' "St Thomas," which is sure to get you moving to its catchy beat.
The strength of Gallo's voice is fully displayed on "My One and Only Love" as each note resonates depth, power, and sheer control. The CD concludes with a fresh take on Steely Dan's ever cool "Black Cow," which is complete with tight horns, soulful background vocals, and just the right vibe.
Track Listing: 1- All Blues 2 - Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me 3 - Night & Day
4 - The Trouble With Me 5 - Ain't Misbehavin' 6 - Song For My Father
7 - Good Rockin' At Midnight 8 - Autumn Leaves 9 -Mood Indigo
10 - St Thomas 11 - My One And Only Love 12 - Black Cow
Personnel: Tony Gallo - lead vocals, diatonic & chromatic
harmonicas, percussion; Bill Duffy - piano;
Steve Rose - drums; Dave Landoni (track #'s 2-7, and 11)
upright bass; Lucas Pickford (track #'s 1, 8-10, and 12)
electric bass guitar; Bill Vint (track #'s 4, 5, 7, 8, and 12)
tenor & soprano saxes, flute;
Mark Shilansky (Tracks 1, 9, and 12)
electric keys; Rick Hammett (tracks 4, 5, 7, and 12)
trumpet, flugelhorn; Robin McElhatten (tracks 9 and 12)
vocals;Evan Goodrow (track #12)electric guitar
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.