Tom Rizzo

Day and Night

Origin 82733


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...that exciting intersection of small combo creativity and big band momentum which characterizes "little-big band" performance.

Through the richly textured arrangements of longtime collaborator Nick Lane and a stellar ensemble of Los Angeles' finest, veteran guitarist and composer Tom Rizzo creates a swinging and wide-ranging recording of interesting standards and provocative originals. From the subtly loose groove of Ornette Coleman's, "Law Years," to the lush orchestration of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes," or the buoyant swing of Cole Porter's "So In Love," Rizzo's supple guitar lines provide a central voice to a wide array of sonic moods. Along with the quartet of Rizzo, drummer Steve Schaeffer, pianist Dennis Hamm and bassist David Hughes, is a 6-piece horn section featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard, trumpeter Bob Summers and Nick Lane on trombone.

Track Listing:

1 School Days (Tom Rizzo) 7:27
2 House of the Rising Sun (Georgia Turner/Bert Martin) 6:29
3 So In Love (Cole Porter) 3;57
4 Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter) 3:45
5 Little Green Men (Peter Bernstein) 4:52
6 Without a Song (Vincent Youmans) 6:25
7 Lonesome Cowboy (Tom Rizzo) 5:02
8 Heart of LA (Tom Rizzo) 4:56
9 Law Years (Ornette Coleman) 5:15
10 Living for the City (Stevie Wonder) 5:11
11 Moon River/Matt and Kelly (Henry Mancini/Tom Rizzo) 4:22

Music by Tom Rizzo published by Emay Tee Tee Music, ASCAP
All arrangements by Nick Lane


Tom Rizzo - guitar
Dennis Hamm - piano
David Hughes - bass
Steve Schaeffer - drums

Nick Lane - trombone and arrangements
John Dickson - french horn
Bob Summers - trumpet
Bob Sheppard - tenor sax
Jeff Driskill - soprano sax
Doug Tornquist - tuba

Production Info:

Produced by Tom Rizzo
Executive Producer: Rick Simpson
Recorded by Rich Breen at Capitol Records, Hollywood, California
November 22-23, 2015
Mixed & mastered by Rich Breen at Rich Breen Studios
Photography by Torre Catalano
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Reviews of Day and Night

CD Hotlist (Rick Anderson)
The arranging is a star feature on this album as well, though in this case the ten-piece ensemble is led by guitarist/composer Tom Rizzo. (The arranger is trombonist Nick Lane, who also plays on the session.) The program consists of a few originals but focuses on standards like "So In Love" and Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes," with a few curveballs t ...

Midwest Record (Chris Spector )
An ace guitarist that can play with the shimmering lines of Joshua Breakstone or Pat Martino covers songs even though he can write interesting stuff and calls in first call hands to lend a hand because it's obvious he cares. A solid, swinging date that sure to delight jazz guitar fans, everything you could want in a smoking performance is delivere ...

Cadence (Robert Rusch)
Guitarist TOM RIZZO's NIGHT AND DAY [origin 82733] presents a combination of small band [Nick Lane-tbn/arr; John Dickson-fr hn; Bob Summers-tpt; Bob Sheppard-ts; Jeff Driskill-ss; Doug Tornquist-tuba] and quartet [Dennis Hamm-p, David Hughes-b, Steve Schaeffer-drm] groupings which goes down very smoothly. The horns are mainly used as coloring but t ...

All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
The names in guitarist Tom Rizzo's starting lineup on Day and Night indicate that this is a West Coast-based group, an observation that is borne out in Rizzo's bio, which says he is "active [on] the Los Angeles music scene" and served as guitarist for the Tonight Show band when Jay Leno was at the helm, reinforced by the song "Heart of L.A.," one o ...





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