Stories Told Dave Zinno Unisphere
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Picking up where the enrapturing "River of January" left off, Dave Zinno Unisphere’s follow-up, "Stories Told," further explores the wild and beautiful jungle of jazz, more specifically, the Brazilian/Latin tributary: electric, funky, passionate, and rhythmic. Zinno here is partnered with Unisphere co-founder Mike Tucker, Eric "Benny" Bloom, Tim Ray and drummer/percussionist Rafael Barata. The ensemble is supreme and ambitious, benefiting from having a recording under their collective belt and refinement of the Unisphere mission. The performance is a passionate ode to the band’s multicultural vision.
The recording kicks off with “Neurótico,” by J.T. Meirelles, a samba jazz gem that sets the tone perfectly. Elsewhere, there’s a sweet rendition of Lennon-McCartney’s “Michelle,” arranged by pianist Ray; “Tá,” a rhythmically dynamic fusion of neo-Latin styles; and the powerful “Requiem,” composed by Mike Tucker in his father's memory, which was heartrending for all of the players. "Stories Told" is, as it should be, a melting pot of pure jazz excitement, performed with verve and executed with inspiration. If you liked “River of January,” a recording with broad appeal and accessibility even considering Unisphere’s gorgeous intricacies, you’ll surely appreciate hearing these Stories.
Dave Zinno, double bass
Mike Tucker, tenor saxophone
Eric "Benny" Bloom, trumpet, flugelhorn
Tim Ray, piano
Rafael Barata, drums
has been performing professionally since 1980 and is a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island as well as at Brown University. After his studies at Berklee College of Music and the University of Rhode Island, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he worked with Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Schuur for one year.
Zinno also performed with jazz greats Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Frank Clayton and studied for a short time with Gary Peacock during his time on the West Coast. From there he moved on to New York City where he studied with bassist Walter Booker Jr. and performed with many jazz greats including Jimmy Cobb, Junior Cook, Jimmy Heath, John Hicks, John Medeski, Larry Willis and many others. He began regular tours in Europe, South America, North Africa and throughout the United States and was faculty at the Toulon Jazz Festival Workshop in France for 11 years.
Zinno’s most recent recordings include “Planet Safety” on soul note records (featuring Leo Genovese);”New Stablemates”(arabesque) with Jared Sims, Eric “Benny” Bloom and Steve Langone; “Remembering Billie” and “The Music of Jule Styne”(Blue Duchess) with Scott Hamilton and two new projects with Adam Nussbaum, Jay Azzolina and Dino Govoni (Whaling City). Zinno also plays in trios behind singer/entertainers Ann Hampton Calloway and Ben Vereen and recently played on a daytime Emmy nominated soundtrack.
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