Friday, June 9, 2017

Tom Rizzo - Day and Night (ORIGIN RECORDS 2017)

Through the richly textured arrangements of longtime collaborator Nick Lane and a stellar ensemble of Los Angeles' finest, veteran guitarist and composer Tom Rizzo creates a swinging and wide-ranging recording of interesting standards and provocative originals.

From the subtly loose groove of Ornette Coleman's, "Law Years," to the lush orchestration of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes," or the buoyant swing of Cole Porter's "So In Love," Rizzo's supple guitar lines provide a central voice to a wide array of sonic moods. Along with the quartet of Rizzo, drummer Steve Schaeffer, pianist Dennis Hamm and bassist David Hughes, is a 6-piece horn section featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard, trumpeter Bob Summers and Nick Lane on trombone.

1 School Days (Tom Rizzo) 7:27
2 House of the Rising Sun (Georgia Turner/Bert Martin) 6:29
3 So In Love (Cole Porter) 3;57
4 Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter) 3:45
5 Little Green Men (Peter Bernstein) 4:52
6 Without a Song (Vincent Youmans) 6:25
7 Lonesome Cowboy (Tom Rizzo) 5:02
8 Heart of LA (Tom Rizzo) 4:56
9 Law Years (Ornette Coleman) 5:15
10 Living for the City (Stevie Wonder) 5:11
11 Moon River/Matt and Kelly (Henry Mancini/Tom Rizzo) 4:22

Dennis Hamm - piano 
David Hughes - bass 
Steve Schaeffer - drums 

Nick Lane - trombone and arrangements 
John Dickson - french horn 
Bob Summers - trumpet 
Bob Sheppard - tenor sax 
Jeff Driskill - soprano sax 
Doug Tornquist - tuba

Produced by Tom Rizzo
Executive Producer: Rick Simpson
Recorded by Rich Breen at Capitol Records, Hollywood, California
November 22-23, 2015
Mixed & mastered by Rich Breen at Rich Breen Studios
Photography by Torre Catalano
Cover design & layout by John Bishop