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This CD is guaranteed to bring a smile as well as a tear. The up tempo "What is This Thing Called Love" is a toe tapper with Diz like phrasing from Conte Condoli who doesn't huff and puff but he sure blows the house down....Ron Anthony with a blistering Guitar solo. Andy Simpkins and Dick Berk like Germany's trains are on time!.....Frank Strazzeri, one of this reviewers favorite Pianists, is quite simply, a total gas..(this tune is the smile portion).
For a bit of "hittin' home" music, Johnny Mandel and the Begman's "Where Do You Start" is so reflective that anyone who has ever been in love will be in love with this tune...Ron Anthony sings this song perfectly, his timing is impeccable and the texture of his voice is just my cup of tea. I much prefer Anthony's vocals over Sinatra's, with whom this talented Guitarist spent nine years (more than Ava, now that I think of it). This song might bring a tear if you are so inclined.
"Solar" has Condoli paying tribute to Dizzy again with a marvelous solo....The Bass and Drums struttin' along like nobody's biz...Straz be bops to beat the band. Frank Strazzeri is one gifted player....
"Cookin' At The Continental" is bop at it's best with everyone cooking on all burners. The tunes: Blue Daniel Solar What is This Thing Called Love Where Do You Start Night On The Bayou Cookin' At The Continental If Dreams Come True Bein' Green Same time, Same Place Equinox
Track Listing: Blue Daniel Solar What Is This Thing Called Love Where Do you Start Night On The Bayou Cookin' At the Continental If Dreams Come True Bein' Green Same Time, Same Place Equinox
Personnel: Ron Anthony..Guitar and Vocals Frank Strazzeri..Piano Conte Condoli..Trumpet Andy Simpkins..Bass Dick Berk..Drums Piano
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.