Jay D’Amico Trio: Tuscan Prelude: Jazz Under Glass

Pianist and composer Jay D’Amico fuses classical and jazz on this elegant outing with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Ronnie Zito. Drawing inspiration from Italy’s Tuscany region, he has crafted a string of delicate gems that swing lightly while also referencing the likes of Chopin, as on the waltz-time “Nocturne” and the buoyant “Sonata.” Johnson’s beautiful arco work is highlighted on “G Minor Ballade” while “Improvviso” shifts from introspection to uptempo burn, underscored by Zito’s briskly swinging brushwork. Definite niche appeal.