Title - 'Gettin' It There'
Artist - Fabrizio Sciacca Quartet
For those not in the know, Italian-born Fabrizio Sciacca is a young bassist based in New York who began playing piano and electric bass at age 13.
In 2011, he won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston and whilst there he not only attended class, but he played in several jazz clubs.
In 2015, Sciacca moved to New York City and enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a masters degree in Performance and Composition in 2018.
Sciacca is considered a bassist with a large tone and swinging style and here on his magnificent debut, the just-released Gettin' It There, he is joined by Jed Levy on saxophone, Donald Vega on piano and Billy Drummond on drums.
"Gettin' It There represents both musically and personally where I come from, where I stand now and what I reaching for," Sciacca himself explains. "With the mixture of straight-ahead and modern tunes, the purpose of this album is to express what Jazz means to me and what the role of the bass is in said musical context, as soloistic and rhythm section instrument."
1. 'One for Amos'
2. 'Lullaby in Central Park'
3. 'Zellmar's Delight'
4. 'For Sir Ron'
5. 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square'
6. 'Lonely Goddess'
7. 'One Second Please'
The breezy, yet finger-snappin' opener 'One for Amos' sets the scene beautifully for what's to come, inclusive of both the lushly orchestrated, cymbal-tinged 'Lullaby in Central Park,' and the upbeat swing of 'Zellmar's Delight.'
On an album that includes such wondrous, distinctive and yet individually cultured musical expressions - that one would have imagined were beyond his years - Sciacca and company next bring us the passive hipsway of 'For Sir Ron,' and a rather resplendent rendition of 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square.'
The album then rounds out with the achingly artistic 'Lonely Goddess,' and then finishes on the flirtatious energy of 'One Second Please.'
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