Bebop Spoken Here reviews Vinnie Riccitelli’s, For the Record

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Vinne Riccitelli

BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

by Lance Liddle

Album review: Vinnie Riccitelli – For the Record

You haven’t heard of Vinnie Riccitelli? You’re not alone, neither had I until this album arrived even though he’s now 94 and been playing professionally since he was 15. The blurb refers to him as being one of the best kept secrets in jazz – the last album recorded under his name was released in 1956!

Not that he’s been discovered working in a rice field, far from it. He only stopped playing alto professionally in 2018 after a career that had lasted 77 years! Since retiring, he’s revisited the past and assembled this outstanding octet to record some of his classic arrangements.

And what arrangements! Imagine some of those West Coast sounds from the 1950s played with warmth and you’re getting close but not quite close enough. It’s impeccable – it’s in the Art Pepper + Eleven league which means Champions League in jazz terms.

For some unknown reason, I’ve allowed this to fester in my in-tray for the past 3 months for which I’m duly apologetic. Not just to the musicians but to myself for depriving myself of so much pleasurable listening for so long. I’ll make up for it by playing it forever and ever or until something better comes along which I think might be more than a little while …

Lance

Available via usual suspects.

Minor Seventh Heaven*; I’m Old Fashioned; If You Could See me Now; Serenata; Stompin’ at the Savoy; Star Eyes; Mr. Lucky; Blues Dominant*; Maids of Cadiz; Along Came Betty; Darn That Dream; Dolphin Dance; Flugelsville*; Flying Down to Rio; Jordu; ‘Round Midnight; Little Boy Blew*.      

* Originals by Vinnie Riccitelli.

Vinnie Riccitelli (arranger); Leo Ursini (alto sax – 11 tks); Nathan Childers (alto sax – 6 tks); Joe Stelluti (tenor sax); Chris Stelluti (baritone sax); Glenn Drewes (trumpet/flugel); Bruce Bonvissuto (trombone); Eddie Monteiro (piano/accordion – 1 tk); Lou Stelluti (bass); Tony Tedesco (drums).

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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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