Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Joe Diorio & Hal Crook Quartet - Narayani

Dedicated to his wife, Narayani, Joe Diorio's fourth album for the Italian label Ram has him co-leading a quartet with modern trombonist Hal Crook, producing almost 70 minutes of avant-garde jazz performances. Both leaders are also educators and have extensive instructional material to their name as well as teaching music education. Crook's material focuses on the art of improvisation and, judging by this session, he practices what he teaches. On such cuts as "Solar," he moves between quick tonguing action and slides and smears in an effort to bring a contemporary, higher level of extemporization to Miles Davis' jazz classic. Diorio's guitar rides along below with a solo by first-call bass player Steve LaSpina and drum runs and cymbal dashes, smashes, and clashes by Steve Bagby, ending in an inconclusive exchange by Diorio and Crook. This is a very animated eight-plus minute track. Something a little less animated comes with Crook's "The Snake," where the trombonist's stop-and-start action, often sounding like the horn of a Paris taxi cab, rides atop LaSpina's never constant, repetitive chords. He goes on so long that it's amazing he stays with the same cadence. (LaSpina works harder than anybody on this session.) On this track and others, the trombone player seems to be engaged in querulous conversation with somebody. Fortunately, Diorio's clean-stringed boppish guitar lends some sense of sanity to the proceedings. The standards, the usually honeyed "Because of You," "Darn That Dream," and "I'll Be Seeing You," are given an improvisational working over the likes of which they probably have never been subjected to. Crook gets full measure from his slide instrument and Diorio is a willing and able partner in this sometimes daring, sometimes idiosyncratic excursion into modern jazz.
Dave Nathan

Source :

Joe Diorio 
Hal Crook Quartet


1 Because of You (Hammerstein, Wilkinson)  8:36
2 Narayani (Diorio)  6:01
3 Bossa Blue (Diorio)  7:16
4 State of Mind (Crook)  4:27
5 The Snake (Crook)  7:48
6 Space Cadets (Diorio)  6:45
7 Darn That Dream (De Lange, Van Heusen)  9:30
8 You Got What ! (Crook)  5:09
9 I'll Be Seeing You (Fain, Kahal)  5:03
10 Solar (Davis)  8:21


Joe Diorio - g
Hal Crook - tb
Steve LaSpina - b
Steve Bagby - dr

Recorded at MM Recording Lab - Parma (Italy) ; February 28 & March 1, 1994


Bhowani said...

Amazing Ram record ! didn't know it exists ..
and I guess Joe Diorio (Narayani) have been travelling in Kerala ??)
thanks for the share Mel !!

ramson said...

Joe Diorio & Hal Crook Quartet Narayani, 1994

Thanks alot and welcome back!!

Sivad said...

Big thanks, Melanchthon!

L.O.L. said...


Neo Dix said...

Great Melanchthon ! Unfortunatelly the RS download of the album is pratically dead ... Please re-up at Embedupload like your recent posts ?


The file is corrupt, any chance of re-uploading it?

francisco santos said...

i am sorry to ask but ''ZippyShare'' was the fastet it not working ????....
THX !.....

francisco santos said...

very good !...
THX 1....

Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...

namastèe (नमस्ते)

Sounds interesting, many thanks!

deGallo said...

Not a big fan of avant-garde jazz but only as a collector it is appreciated to have more Joe Diorio. Thank you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Great album !
Thank you

Fred Archtop said...

Thanls Mel. Didn't have this album and Joe is one of my favorite players.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you for sharing this very interesting recording! There is so much music to listen to and broaden the view to the music world - and you do help doing this.
Oh yes: thank's too for using zippyshare.

All the best

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

Grazie mille.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a very nice album.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You