Giacomo Gates: Melodious Funk
Giacomo Gates (vocals)
Luminosity (Doubledave Music 3001)
John di Martino (piano), Greg Bandy (drums), Bob Kindred (tenor sax), Tony Lombardozzi (guitar).
Composed by Meredith d’Ambrosio.
Recorded: Presence Studios, Weston, Conntecticut, January 6-7, 2007
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
The only thing missing in "Melodious Funk" is that obvious rhyme: Thelonious Monk. Or maybe a felonious punk in a commodious trunk. Or an odious skunk with a coyote's junk. But we get none of these (even though there is a bit of sly Monkish movement in the melody line). But Gates makes up for it with always stylish delivery, big voice and forceful scatting. I only wish saxophonist Kindred would lay back more when Gates scats, rather than offer an alternative solo in the background. Gates continues to impress with his convivial attitudes and the bohemian ambiance of his vocalizing. When I need hep replacement surgery, I am tracking down this singer, 'cause he's got some to spare.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia