Jun 4, 2016
Short Stories is more than an album title for the latest release from Dominick Farinacci, itâ€™s the overriding theme of a diverse collection of material. The trumpeter has assembled an all-star band as his core collaborators â€“ Larry Goldings on piano, organ and celesta; Christian McBride on double bass; Steely Dan and fusion veterans Steve Gadd on drums and Dean Parks on guitar; and two of the most sought out session men around in Jamey Haddad on percussion, and Gil Goldstein on accordion. Produced by the man who brought us George Bensonâ€™s Breezinâ€™, Tommy LiPuma, the album contains wide ranging sounds, song selections and textures.
Trumpeter Farinacci has spent much of his time over the past few years in Qatar and Abu Dhabi as a Global Ambassador from Jazz at Lincoln Center. The experiences have broadened his musical palate, and tunes like â€œDoha Bluesâ€, with its Middle Eastern shadings and Lebanese vocalizing from Mike Massy show his growth. Heâ€™ll reinterpret pop tunes as varied as Tom Waitsâ€™ â€œSoldiers Thingsâ€, Creamâ€™s â€œSunshine of Your Loveâ€ and the Gipsy Kingsâ€™ â€œBamboleoâ€ with jazz sensibilities, and recalls his musical hero Louis Armstrong on â€œBlack Coffeeâ€.
LiPuma and Farinacci share a Midwestern background, growing up in the Cleveland suburbs. Farinacci moved on to Juilliard on the strength of his appearances with Wynton Marsalisâ€™ Big Band, and has been working mostly with his own band since. Short Stories is his most mature statement to date, and bodes well for the future.
Podcast 536 is my conversation with Dominick, in which we discuss the new record, his times in the Middle East, and his strong support for a number of causes, including supporting returning veterans and the Music & Wellness movement. Musical selections from Short Stories include â€œDoha Bluesâ€,"Sunshine of Your Love", and "Black Coffee".