Vinnie Riccitelli is reviewed by Goldmine Magazine with “For the Record”

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Vinne Riccitelli

Goldmine Magazine

by Mike Greenblatt

Jazzology May

Vinnie Riccitelli

For The Record, the self-released/self-produced octet follow-up to his 1956 Unique Jazz debut, is a showcase for the music of alto sax man Vinnie Riccitelli, 94. Why 65 years between albums? Vinnie’s been busy. Born and raised in New York City, he was an entertainer in the Catskill Mountain resorts at 15, enlisted in the Navy at 18, went to Juilliard on the G.I. Bill, and blew that alto at four presidential inaugural balls, every year at the Jerry Lewis Telethon and as a side man for Sinatra, Liberace, Streisand and Humperdinck. His run lasted 77 years from 1941 to 2018, when he retired. Consider this his legacy. He’s not heard but he showed up for the sessions and had a hand in picking the material: originals, Mancini, Herbie, Monk and more. It’s a gorgeous, sumptuous smorgasbord of scintillating chops by eight major-league instrumentalists. (We were able to dig up some video of Riccitelli himself blowing soft’n’sweet at his 90th birthday party!)

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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