Utility, in Baseball, is defined as one who covers any position that the team needs. Dino Soldo is the Ted Williams of Live music Utility. He has lent his multi-instrument talent to an entire roster of AA Class acts as including Beyonce, Rob Thomas, Ray Charles, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Cyndi Lauper, Tower of Power and others. He brings rare and often forgotten aspects of 20th century popular music into the modern realm of singer/songwriting.
"I find most satisfaction in being of service to the song, the writer, the performer. I feel that I have come as close as I can to tapping into a need that was not there before."
His projects often bring these influences together. Picture an old steam engine and a rocket ship photoshopped into something altogether new but familiar; A Tom Waits/ Beck Big Band, A Birth of the Cool Rock ensemble - A Stevie Wonder/ Thomas Dolby Folk Group.
His last two projects, Closer Away and the Hotel Suites, were written in a year on the road touring with songwriter icon, Leonard Cohen. "The big ideas are coming fast now!", Soldo comments. "I find that I can express ideas in a much simpler way under Mr. Cohen's sparse mentoring. You'll also find him making a rare appearance on a unusual instrument called a Murchang on this CD; very exciting to me!"
"Mr. Soldo is a true artist and entertainer who possesses a sensitivity to his songwriting that is unparalleled.
He is one of the best that I've worked with; a talent far beyond his years on this Earth."
- Lionel Richie
"I love Dino's songwriting! Especially his voice. It's the kind of voice one never grows tired of listening. I hear a range of influences in his writing; Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Beck, his hometown peer Ben Harper! But the difference is his own life experience that he brings to his lyrics. That is where the gold is!"
- Arthelle Neville CNN entertainment correspondent
Dino Soldo is one of the most soulful brothers I know. He also is a marvellous Musician, deeply rooted in the Blues and Jazz tradition. I love his music - his sound, tone,and groove. He has a DISTINCTIVE voice, shifting between smooth and silky to gritty and funky. This project shows what it means to have an uncompromising musical integrity in today’s times.- Dr.. Cornel West