Thursday, August 4, 2016

Joe Diorio - A Tribute to Wes Montgomery

Guitarist Diorio knew Wes Montgomery and presents this tribute to his hero, but very little here sounds distinctly like Montgomery. It's all the brilliant leader in a variety of mostly trio settings, but duos and solos alternate on these twelve tracks. Bassist Steve LaSpina and drummer Steve Bagby are both underrated jazz men like Diorio, but together the three mesh well, and on the non-trio tracks prove they have something to say on their own. As a triad on half the cuts, they easily swing the title cut, but Diorio pops off some impressive single improvised extrapolations off the straight melody. "Invitation" is outstanding as churning brushes and ostinato bass set up the guitarists galloping interpretations with Spanish inquisitions. The long ballad "In a Sentimental Mood" is fairly typical if not for the elongated notion, "Estate" simmers in bossa-based languidity, while "Lament" is a laid-back swing ballad, and the original "Monk-ing" clearly reflects Thelonious Monk's angular, up, down, and sideways approach as evoked by the witty Diorio. Inserted on every other tune are beautiful, patient guitar solos ("Reflections of Wes"), loose and free drum solos ("It's Rudimentary, Watson !"), or call and response guitar/drum duets ("More or Less"). LaSpina gets lots of solo space on the trio cuts, but he stands alone on the slow, contemplative "While You're Away" while chatting with Bagby on the counterpointed "The Two Faces of Steve." The finale is a spirited, boppish guitar/bass tandem on "Guess What ?" Diorio's unusual harmonic approach is prevalent throughout, but listen closely to LaSpina on this disc. They have a thing going on that supersedes the specter of Montgomery.
Michael G. Nastos

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/i-remember-you-a-tribute-to-wes-montgomery-mw0000049936

Joe Diorio
I Remember You
A Tribute to Wes Montgomery


Tracks

1 I Remember You (Mercer, Schertzinger)  7:57
2 Reflections of Wes (Diorio)  2:23
3 Invitation (Kaper, Webster)  6:31
4 It's Rudimentary, Watson! (Bagby)  2:27
5 In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington, Kurtz, Mills)  9:51
6 More or Less (Diorio)  4:17
7 Monking (Diorio)  6:16
8 When You're Away (LaSpina)  3:39
9 Estaté (Brighetti, Martino)  5:34
10 The Two Faces of Steve Bagby, (Diorio, LaSpina)  2:57
11 Lament (Johnson)  4:45
12 Guess What! (Bagby, Diorio)  6:11

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Personnel
Joe Diorio - g
Steve LaSpina - b
Steve Bagby - dr

Recorded at MM Recording Lab (Italy) ; March 2 & 3, 1994

27 comments:

wightdj said...

Diorio's RAM sessions are to be treasured when you're lucky enough to find them. Thanks.

velobrewer said...

I would have to agree with wightdj, these RAN label offerings are great stuff, superior IMO to the 20th Century Impressions recordings. I prefer La Spina's acoustic bass to the electric bass on the later. I'm looking forward to hearing the Jobim covers. Thanks.

Hodge12 said...

Thanks a lot for sharing this!

Raoul said...

Joe's recordings are tough to come by, as others have said. Thanks for this - I have high expectations.

SJ said...

Many thanks! awesome blog!!!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

Zape said...

Thoughtful and beautiful tribute. Thank you Mel.

Unknown said...

Link is dead! Noo!!!

deGallo said...

Nice! Thank you.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias,.

Rodney said...

Thank you

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzfun said...

Thanks.

chuchuni said...

Thanks again Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Phryx said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mel, 2nd and 3rd zippyshares are expired. Could you plz, plz, re-up them? Kind regards

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel, Joe's always been one of my favorite players.

Anonymous said...

Thnx for re-uploading Mel. A very nice start to the weekend. Kind regards from the Netherlands.

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

Many thanks!

Geoviki said...

Thanks for the re-up, I love anyone who plays Wes!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Very nice Joe Diorio's album, thanks a lot Mel
Have a nice day
Pedro

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thanks to you it's going to be a great weekend!

sotise said...

wonderful album , thank you for the marvelous Dorio!