Composer, arranger and pianist Jay D'Amico, who made a strong impact on the jazz scene with his release of Ponte Novello in 2001, has returned to the inspirations of Italy on his new release, Tuscan Prelude. The recording is a further exploration of D'Amico's unique fusion of jazz and classical influences and features eleven original compositions that D'Amico penned during one of his frequent visits to Italy.
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Jay D'Amico plays piano with a gossamer touch and canny sense of style... there is a certain shapeliness to each solo and a tangible sense of touch, like good sculpture.
--Fred Bouchard, Down Beat
Jay D'Amico's Ponte Novello... works like a well-oiled Swiss timepiece… fresh and charming. Pure enchantment.
Excellent piano playing... Improvisation is original, creative, clever and yet still retains musicality as opposed to cliches--a trap that some of the big name piano players fall into.
--Charlie Ventura, Jr.
Simply marvelous piano!
Truly a unique combination of Italian classics and American Jazz..