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Antonio Barbagallo: Splendida Luce

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Il Punto Ristorante
(formerly Osteria Gelsi)
507-509 Ninth Avenue
New York, N Y 10018

Traditional, Authentic Italian Dining
Old World Style, with Comfort and Attention
Three Dining Rooms, Private Events Welcome
Midtown West, Near Broadway Shows, Fashion District

Antonio Barbagallo: Splendida Luce
2010 Koiné Records

Antonio Barbagallo on Vocals and Guitar
Craig Hartley on Piano
Ugonna Okegwo on Bass
Chris Brown on Drums
Fabio Morgera on Trumpet
Stacy Dillard on Tenor Saxophone

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 28, 2010

(See a Review of Antonio Barbagallo’s CD: Colemania)

This CD, a contemporary mix of brass, vocals, guitar, piano, bass, and drums, has a refreshing, original quality. The Italian and English lyrics never overtake the lively, brisk tones that vary from track to track, as the trumpet, sax, or piano are featured. Each track includes a seasoned instrumental solo, and Barbagallo adds his nimble guitar improvisations and vivacious vocals as well.

Notable tracks:

#5 –Si fa Sera – Composed by Fabio Morgera. Drums and muted trumpet open this track with an urban midnight sound, before Barbagallo’s quiet, understated Italian lyrics. Fabio Morgera and Craig Hartley keep the music seamlessly interesting and poignant.

#6 –Splendida Luce – Composed by Antonio Barbagallo. Hartley’s piano and Chris Brown’s drums carry the rhythms, as Barbagallo delivers Italian lyrics in the hint of scat. This is a pleasant, uncluttered composition, with varying percussive and vocal tempos.

#7 –Portrait – Composed by Charlie Mingus. This track features Stacy Dillard on an impressive sax riff, with bass, piano, and drums accompanying Barbagallo’s English lyrics. The arrangement offers a cool, collected approach to the Mingus piece.

#11 –Lonely People – Composed by Antonio Barbagallo. Barbagallo doubles on guitar and vocals for this original track, with Stacy Dillard highlighted on tenor sax. The guitar passages are melodic and engaging, while Ugonna Okegwo has been busy on rich bass backup throughout the recording.

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