Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Eric DiVito Breaking The Ice PJC 2012

All original material with the exception of "Time Remembered," the Bill Evans classic finds the debut release of guitarist/composer Eric Divito in fine form.

Divito is cutting edge in the evolution of modern jazz guitar in that he combines both jazz and classical guitar styles not to mention his interest in pop compositions to release a recording that has something new happening within each tune. The sonic twists and turns have a delightful ebb and flow creating a lyrical sense of purpose within some incredibly varied compositions.

Divito is a new shooter to the recording world but this eclectic collection by an artist of immeasurable talent should have other guitarists taking notice in no time. As mentioned earlier, the prime example of Divito's virtuosity is the Bill Evans gem "Time Remembered" played on a classical style nylon string guitar. The release opens at a breakneck pace with "Like Minded" which is at the opposite end of the musical spectrum in comparison to the beautiful ballad "For Maria" written for his wife of five years. "Layin' It" takes on the more traditional straight ahead sound with a dynamic tension created from the slightly more laid back minor blues riff in a trio setting. A particular favorite here is "Pass' Time' which has the easy breezy swing feel which was the trademark of the legendary Joe Pass. The lineup is rounded out with tenor and alto saxophonist Jake Saslow, drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker, and an alternating bass duo of Corcoran Holt on upright and Motohito Fukushima on electric bass. An incredibly solid and well rounded 4tet with an obvious chemistry.

One of the key elements aside from the incredible musicians appearing here would be that of producer and former classmate at Queens College Ezra Weiss. Time and or credit is actually split between Weiss and Todd Barkan. There are hundreds of great guitar players that never seem to leave the Big Apple club circuit, DiVito is the real deal stepping out on his own and on to a larger stage.

A most impressive debut that should have six string aficionados learning the name Eric DiVito quickly. A musician whose stock is an arrow pointing straight up!

Tracks: Like Minded; Layin' It; Breaking The Ice; For Maria; From An Old Sketch; Time Remembered; Pass' Time; Tango; Shoot The Messenger; Her and Hymn.

AVAILABLE 10/02/12