Fabrizio Sciacca Quartet shines on debut, “Gettin’ It There”

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Debut albums are always a bit exciting. Nothing wrong with veteran performers, but to hear a group or solo artists on their way to an established career is interesting. The same holds true for Fabrizio Sciacca. With his quartet, he’s released the album “Gettin’ It There.” Due out Sept. 1, 2019, the recording is replete with full sounds and depth of passion.

About Fabrizio Sciacca

Born in Catania, Italy, Sciacca began playing piano and electric bass at age 13. In 2011, he won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he not only attended class, but he played in several jazz clubs. Including at least one that was iconic because Charlie Parker played there.

In 2015, Sciacca moved to New York City and enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a masters degree in Performance and Composition in 2018.

Sciacca is considered a bassist with a large tone and swinging style. He is joined on his debut by Jed Levy on saxophone, Donald Vega on piano and Billy Drummond on drums.

Audiences will likely appreciate Sciacca’s old-school style and his contemporary verve.

The sound and style of Fabrizio Sciacca Quartet on “Gettin It There”

With seven songs, Sciacca’s sets out to win over audiences. Songs such as “Lullaby in Central Park” and “For Sir Ron” display the finely tuned arrangement of the group and the stellar abilities of the players.

“Lullaby in Central Park” by Fabrizio Sciacca

The opening piano notes strike just the right, strident feel. It is quickly joined by bass and drums. The overall feel is that of classic jazz, with a touch of melancholy. The piano has an interchange with the bass and the result is beautiful. The song engages, encourages listeners to think about the historic public place. The drums clatter with metronomic regularity and the whole piece shines with the players’ confidence and knowledge of classic jazz. The way the song transports listeners only adds to its beauty.

“For Sir Ron” by Fabrizio Sciacca

The song comes on with what feels like a gallop. There is movement from the first note. Audiences can imagine the forward push of dancers early on. Unlike “Lullaby” with its moody grooves, “For Sir Ron” pulsates with good time energy and dizzying piano work.

The song is dedicated to bassist Ron Carter, who is one of Sciacca’s mentors.

The piano line seems to wrap around that of the bass or vice versa. There are times in which the bass plays so low and fast that for a few beats a listener might miss it.

Even with its supreme energy, “For Sir Ron” never gets overbearing. Not too much can be said about the sheer beauty and power of the piano playing.

However, as the song winds down, the drum tattoos are impressive as well.

In all, Sciacca and his ensemble has put forth a stunning debut. Worth listening to again and again, it will cause some listeners to doubt that it is a debut.

 

 

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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