John Basile: Morning
John Basile (guitar)
Time Will Reveal (Underhill Jazz 003)
John Basile (guitar),
Bill O’Connell (piano), Joe Locke (vibes), David Finck (bass), Clint De Ganon (drums), Roger Squitero (percussion).
Composed by Clare Fischer.
Recorded: New York, August 9-10 and 12, 2007
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
David Finck is a seasoned bass player who has done fine and tasteful work with many notable players over the years, so his involvement in producing and performing on this release made me take notice. John Basile's guitar has the classic mellow sound of the fine practitioners of the instrument to whom he has undoubtedly listened. On my favorite cut, the Latin groove "Morning," his octave work bows to Wes Montgomery but is not imitative. His single-line runs are creative, easy flowing and transmit real feeling. The rhythm section really swings, and Bill O'Connell's fine piano solo is especially noteworthy for its energy and the Latin heat it generates. I found myself tapping my feet throughout. Basile has a nice tone and doesn't kill us with speed here – just a tasteful, clean groove. A pleasant offering from a promising new face.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello