Vinnie Cutro: Blues for Roy


Blues for Roy


Vinnie Cutro & New York City Soundscape


Sakura (Royal Music Ensembles RME 72307)

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Vinnie Cutro (trumpet), Jerry Bergonzi (tenor sax), Billy Hart (drums),

Charles Blenzig (piano), Jay Anderson (bass)


Composed by Vinnie Cutro


Recorded: New York, 2008


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

With an explosive introductory drum solo by the inimitable Billy Hart, "Blues for Roy" is the perfect high- tempo blowing vehicle for these musicians to let it all hang out. Jay Anderson does a commendable job laying down relentlessly walking basslines behind Hart's splashing cymbals and crashing toms. Charles Blenzig likewise does a nice turn on the keys with a rapid-fire solo that takes some surprising twists and turns, especially when he demonstrates how he can separate time between hands with no loss of continuity. Jerry Bergonzi solos mid-course and demonstrates why he always has the potential to be incendiary. Leader Vinnie Cutro has a hard act to follow, but comports himself well with his own atmospherics.

With the featured playing of Hart dominating the intro and the final solo, "Blues for Roy" might justly be called "Blues for Billy to Swing On." Hart demonstrates why he is one of the most sought-after drummers on the scene today. His enthusiastic wellspring of polyrhythmic ideas is a joy to behold and the surprise gem of this piece.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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