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Genres: Jazz, Pop
This is the first in a series of five CD reissues from guitar legend Joe Diorio's classic Spitball Records recordings from the mid-70's. Originally released in 1975 on Spitball Records and now available on CD for the first... more »
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This is the first in a series of five CD reissues from guitar legend Joe Diorio's classic Spitball Records recordings from the mid-70's. Originally released in 1975 on Spitball Records and now available on CD for the first time ever! Includes the original album cover artwork and liner notes exactly as they appeared on the original LP release. Joe performs several standards including Chick Corea's "Windows", Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" as well as the classic songs "Invitation", "A Time for Love" and "Without You". Rounding out the recording are three of Joe's original compositions: "Poem", "India" (inspired by sitarist Ravi Shankar) and "Call to the Center". Joe accompanies himself via multi-tracking on the songs "Windows", "Invitation" and "Without You". All tracks have been digitally remastered using 24-bit digital technology. Art of Life Records is proud to make this long out-of-print recording available to the world once again. Stay tuned for more releases from guitar master Joe Diorio!!
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This is a must for all who love jazz and guitar. I think Art
Jazz Fan in PA | USA | 07/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Vintage Joe Diorio recording that was originally released in 1975 on the "Spitball" label (SB-2). Some of the other records by Joe on that label were, "Straight Ahead to the Light" with Steve Bagby, "SoloDuo" with Wally Cirillo, "Rapport" with Cirillo and "Peaceful Journey" (solo). "Peaceful Journey" and "Solo Guitar" are my favorites of that series. "Solo Guitar" is a huge departure from what was generally being played in 1975. The innovations Joe was doing were hardly noticed as it sounded so easy and right. I think Joe is using the middle pick-up as the sound is so sharp and biting. Joe layers a few of the tunes, "Windows", "Invitation" and "Without You". The rest are solo. It's hard to believe this recording is over 30 years old. Joe's interpretations are extraordinary not to mention a display of technique that's mind boggling. The layered "Windows" is a perfect display of what great jazz guitar can aspire to. The recording sound on the CD has much better fidelity than the original record. Joe throws off his runs and 4th excursions with such ease that I shake my head and think,"How did he do that"? The unusual harmonies, moving lines, and single note passages are truly amazing. Joe's composition "Poem" has a real 20th century feel to it. 20th century then meant something else than now. You can hear Julian Bream play this and love it. Very compositional. "Invitation" starts very quietly and introspectively. Joe then goes crazy playing totally mad. (In a good way). I feel this track shows Joe's complete dedication to his craft and artistry. "India" is another Diorio tune with lots of open strings and a gentle, almost lullaby feel to it, some engaging rhythm and beautiful expression. The standard, "A Time for Love" is on its own a great tune and here's Joe doing a remarkable version. Still using open strings but somehow it doesn't sound arranged. It feels like Joe is playing everything improvised with a few guide lines. I'm sure Joe played this tune a million times and felt relaxed to try anything he heard. Joe's own "Call to the Center" is a real gem! What in the world is this man hearing? No restrictions at all. I always thought that certain guitarists like Barney, Tal, Johnny and some others were not trapped by the conventions of the guitar. They played music on the guitar and not just the guitar. Joe is another one who always did that. "Without You" is the last track with a layered 2nd guitar. It's a lovely ending to a remarkable set of music.
Throughout this CD you can hear the tradition of jazz guitar plus some very unique variations. What is most amazing to me is the feeling Joe gets to on this and many other records. It's a joyous look into the mind of a great artist who probably doesn't even think about that as he just wants to make music. Succeed he does!
Joe has been a friend of mine for a long time. I was somewhat worried that my feeling for Joe would make me ineligible to do a review. I don't think that's true because I loved this record long before I met Joe Diorio. I always felt that this is a very important record.
This is a must for all who love jazz and guitar. I think Art of Life Records is doing a wonderful service by releasing these incredible records on CD. I wonder how many people would try to find these classic records on Spitball as I did.
Jack Wilkins - Guitarist 2006
Beautiful solo guitar...
Rob B. | LA, CA | 08/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree whole-heartedly with the great Jack Wilkins' review below...
Joe Diorio has always been a forward thinking & harmonically adventurous musician & this cd reissue really captures that spirit. His liberal use of constant structure chord changes, open strings & lightning fast fourth intervals does more than just dazzle, it creates a very solemn harmonic atmosphere that's both melancholy & enlightening at the same time. This cd reissue is a standout gem in my jazz library...I've owned the original vinyl issue on Spitball for years & look forward to future Joe Diorio reissues on the fantastic Art Of Life label. A great companion to this cd is Joe's out-of-print 1993 solo release "We Will Meet Again" on the RAM label; Joe's compositions "Hymn" & "Poem" appear here as well."