Vinnie Riccitelli & The Westchester Workshop – Unique Jazz from the Westchester Workshop (1957/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:54 minutes | 572 MB | Genre: Jazz
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To introduce its Jazz LP series, Unique Records spent several months in the careful screening of young composers, arrangers and musicians before a final decision could be made in the ultimate selection of just the right men and material. It took only one “hearing” of The Westchester Workshop group and Unique had its inaugural album. Giving the album a title was a simple task since the sounds created here are a unique marriage between two styles of jazz.
The East and West coasts’ styles have been interwoven by Riccitelli’s composing as well as arranging techniques. Of the tracks, all but one, Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale,” are Riccitelli originals. Vinnie’s first thoughts being to experiment with different voicings on standard tunes. His desire to express himself musically found the perfect outlet in jazz, Vinnie being a firm believer in “a great future for jazz as an art form.” Here, you’ll hear the “cool” sounds, the “swinging” sounds, and all through the skilful Vinnie Riccitelli arrangements, which merge several schools of musical thoughts in the Workshop to create unique jazz.
01. Key Chain
02. Love for Sale
03. Bert Flight
04. Minor Incident
05. Fruity Tutti
06. The Beak
07. No Coast at All