The attraction of a flower is more than its appearance at first sight. Each petal in a flower represents a nuance that adds to the fascination of the flower as a whole and so it is with drummer Jon DiFiore's album Petals.
Every composition on the album is penned by DI Fiore and reveals different aspects of his artistry and taken as whole they form an organic unity. Fiore finds inspiration from many sources: classical music, architecture, the music of Spain and Africa and the life of his mother. All these sources are filtered through his music and bassist Adrian Moring and pianist Billy Test add their own personal expression.
A particular artist, Argentinian pianist and composer Guillermo Klein, receives his own homage on "Inkleined." It says a great deal about Di Fiore as a composer that he chooses to pay tribute to Klein and not a fellow instrumentalist. While the drumming is rich and the rhythms often complex, the compositions are written as melodies for a group and not as vehicles for drum solos. Fiore is interested in colors, strong melodies, harmonies and the dynamic shift of rhythms and that is why Klein's sophisticated approach to composing fits his own music perfectly.
While Di Fiore brings strong material to the table, the success of the album also relies on the empathic interplay of the trio. The sparkling piano of Test, the strong grooves of Moring and Di Fiore's melodic sense of rhythm all add to the beauty of the musical flower that is Yellow Petals.
Track Listing: Demise; Live For Tomorrow, Forgot Today; Shotgun House; Orange;
Inkleined; Where Does The Wind Blow; Silver; Companion; Yellow Petals.
Personnel: Jon Di Fiore: drums; Adrian Moring: bass; Billy Test: piano.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.