Joe Diorio’s stature among musicians is undisputed, but his recordings are notoriously hard to find. Joe Diorio Trio: Live could turn out to be his most widely distributed album to date. It captures the guitarist live in San Diego in 1991, with Bob Magnusson on bass and Jim Plank on drums. The concept is simple: six standards, called on the spot, played at a length of 10 minutes or so. Diorio’s tone is robust, and his solos are entirely free of stock licks. His melodic and intervallic paths through the changes are consistently fresh, creating solid chemistry with the rhythm section.
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