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Giacomo Gates Trio at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Giacomo Gates Trio
(Giacomo Gates Website)
Giacomo Gates on Vocals
Earl May on Bass
Tony Lombardozzi on Guitar

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
After Hours Set
Time/Warner Center
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Host

Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 26, 2005

Scat has never sounded so good. With Earl May on mellow bass and Tony Lombardozzi on creative guitar, Giacomo Gates lit up Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola tonight with pizzazz. Giacomo peppers his songs with personal anecdotes and charming jokes that draw his audience into this warm, candlelit ambiance. An early song, about never saying the word, “love”, was bluesy and full of Earl’s endless and mature bass. Lady Be Good , brought deep vocals and twisted lyrics, with a breathless story in one beat! This imaginative improvisation is rare and worth the visit on its own.

Jeanine, a fast-paced swing, featured Tony’s rapid guitar fingering and generous heaps of scat. Blue Skies and In Walked Monk were bound together effortlessly and with engaging lyrical arrangements. In fact, inspired lyricism is a quality found in all of Giacomo’s songs, with additional asides and retro jazz references. Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach figured in one anecdote, prior to Giacomo’s singing, as if he’s a human bass. I Cover the Waterfront and I Just Got Back in Town were sung with romantic reference and steady guitar embellishments, with an endearing refrain about Paris.

Let’s Cool One, from the 1940’s, preceded Stolen Moments, and Giacomo created a magical fantasy of mind expansion. It’s Over Now, with slow, melancholy instrumental solos, found Giacomo now a human drum, then vocalist, one more time. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola upcoming events are listed on Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Website.

Todd Barkan, Tony Lombardozzi, Giacomo Gates, Earl May
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

Marianne Stegeland, Giacomo Gates, Jo Reiter
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower

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