by Robert Rusch
#102: FRESH PICKS FOR SPRING LISTENING
VINNIE RICCITELLI, who first recorded in 1958, made his last recording in 1987. Now, at 94, he has recorded FOR THE RECORD [no name, no number]. Fourteen standards and four Riccitelli originals performed by a well-rehearsed octet make this pleasant listening. The program includes “Maids of Cadiz,” “Along Came Betty,” “Flying Down to Rio,” “If You Could See Me Now,” “Stomping at The Savoy” and other tunes familiar, but not always expected in a collection such as this. Members of the octet include Nathan Childers, Leo Ursini, Joe Stelluti, Chris Stelluti, Glenn Drewes and Bruce Bonvissuto. Try to find this sleeper if your tastes are mainstream big band jazz.