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Vito Rezza and Five After Four

Charlie Shoemake

Drummer Vito Rezza has been building his reputation on Toronto’s vibrant music scene for three decades, but nothing in a long, illustrious career as a studio stalwart and leader of the critically acclaimed jazz ensemble, 5 After 4 could prepare listeners for the majestic beauty of Rezza’s new CD, “Drums of Avila” (now available from Alma Records).

Rezza and 5 After 4’s fifth CD is a texturally rich, rhythmically sophisticated original work featuring sterling contributions from jazz stars Michael Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Joey DeFrancesco, Guido Basso and a host of other brilliant musicians.

After establishing his reputation as a volcanic, teenaged drum prodigy, Vito Rezza became a studio star. He has contributed to recordings, film scores and television and radio work with artists including Joni Mitchell, John Lee Hooker, Gino Vanelli, and Big Mama Thornton. The veteran musician also enjoys a successful second career as a character actor in an impressive list of film and television roles.