V.S.O.P. #124 CD DANNY D'IMPERIO & THE BLOVIATORS: "BOOZE"
This latest Danny D'Imperio CD is the companion release to V.S.O.P. #122CD DANNY D'IMPERIO: "ALCOHOL" and also consists of recordings made during the early and mid-1990s from two sessions involving Danny's big band. This version of the big band included the usual suspects: Gary Pribek, Ralph Lalama, David Shapiro and Hod O'Brien, as well as members of Danny's upstate New York big band called the "Bloviators" such as Chris Persad, John Rohde and Joe Carello. In addition, The Village Vanguard Orchestra's Greg Gisbert, Andy Gravish and John Mosca, are featured along with guitarist Steve Brown. Danny, leader of this motley crew, rounds out the cast of characters.
This second CD in the series like most of Danny's other releases on VSOP RECORDS is in part a study in the lesser known compositions of bebop and mainstream jazz, combined often with new compositions. In this case, while there are no original works, the rediscovery of such lesser known gems as "Between Races", "Big P", "Meet Benny Bailey", "Stay On It" and "Make It Good" are an excellent reason to discover them or rediscover them through this release. The balance of the program, is equally worthwhile, revealing the fine arranging skills of Danny and Steve Brown on all of the tracks. This CD features Gary Pribek's alto work, showcased on three of the selections, "It's Magic" and two takes of "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry". This may be the last release featuring his alto work as he has hung up his instrument for good. Once again, the excellent trumpet work of Greg Gisbert and Andy Gravish and the tenor sax of Ralph Lalama provide the high caliber solo work that propels most of the music. Danny D'Imperio is also featured with a long solo on "Between Races".
As everyone who has ever met Danny or dealt with him on the internet knows, he is a character, in the best sense of the word. He has shared his extensive knowledge of jazz on the many releases he has under his name, and has discovered and nurtured many talented soloists over the years. His dedication to jazz is complete. It is with great pleasure that we share with him his love of this music and his fine contribution to it.
Other sources for CD: City Hall Records