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Dominick Farinacci: Lovers, Tales & Dances

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Trumpeter Farinacci is a 26 year old Julliard graduate who has recorded six records which I have not heard on a Japanese label; this is his first US release. The record is in many ways a successful update of the type of record released by CTI in the early 1970s. Production values, for which veteran pop producer Russ Titleman surely deserves credit, are much above those on an average jazz album. Four of the thirteen tunes include string arrangements that are tastefully and unobtrusively arranged by Rick Rosa. Each tune successfully establishes a mood and remains in it with consistency. No tune is as long as seven minutes, and solos are relatively short by contemporary standards but seemingly well thought out. The rhythm section, with Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, and Marc Johnson or James Genus provides first rate accompaniment that is almost never in the foreground.

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