NEWS : " Comfortably Mine" wins 2 National Awards.
-2010 JUNO for "World Music Album of The Year"(American GRAMMY)
-2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for "World Music Artist of the Year"
"Comfortably Mine " By Raul da Gama - All About Jazz 2010
Dominic Mancuso is one of the most distinctive voices in music. He is a paramount storyteller; a premier Sicilian griot of these times. He wails with the best. He cries the blues from the depths of his soul—bringing great measures of duende to the music. Mancuso can swoop, flutter, and rush in to every nook and cranny to dilate the mind's eye when he sings. At times he is like that blithe spirit inhabiting the hidden breath of music, the one who makes the nape of the neck crawl with delight and who makes the heart skip a beat when he lets that distinctive rasp glide through to deconstruct and rebuild the song from its very depth. In this respect, he recalls the great Ray Charles at the height of his powers.
Comfortably Mine—his first CD since he graced Michael Occhipinti's award-winning Sicilian Jazz Project (True North Music, 2008)—is headed for the proverbial classic status despite its being a humbly offered self-production, the fate of much worthwhile music these days. On this album, Mancuso weaves in the warmth and passion of Sicilian folk sensibility with the sliding quarter notes of the myriad sounds of the Mediterranean rim with the vibrant elasticity of the idiom of soul and the wild swing of jazz and Romani freedom.
From the repertoire, even without a first listen, it becomes clear that Mancuso is driving for that zone that warms the cockles of his heart. On this album Mancuso also enjoys the company of a group of stellar Canadian musicians: guitarist Tony Zorzi, the singer's alter-ego, multi-instrumentalist Kevin Adamson, drummer extraordinaire Mark Kelso and bassist George Koller. This is a rare album indeed, quite simply one of a kind.
Mancuso is the real sound of Sicily. His voice is robust and passionate and he wails in such a way as bring expressions like “ Sicilian blues” into mind, and also suggest how close in temperament and expressive style all the music from the rim of the Mediterranean Sea is, though also very different.”
Stephen Pedersen, Arts Reporter -2008 The Chronichle Herald, Halifax
"... unbridled talent, Torontonian Dominic Mancuso turns modern gnawa musician/storyteller, with his indominatible raspy voiced brilliance”
By Raul d’Gama Rose – All about Jazz
“Una vera sorpresa! Dominic e' riuscito con il suo nuovo CD "Comfortably Mine" in un'impresa che pareva impossibile: infondere un afflato vibrante di verita' , freschezza e originalita' in composizioni musicali troppe volte ascoltate per riuscire ancora a sorprendere. E i pezzi originali che completano il Cd sigillano lo straordinario risultato raggiunto.”
Martin Stiglio, Director, The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto
“The choice of Comfortably Mine as the title for Dominic Mancuso’s record was a carefully considered and appropriate one. The Toronto-based vocalist has grown nicely into his creative skin, and he is justifiably proud of a piece of work that accurately reflects his sensibilities...The next step for Mancuso is to secure wider distribution for his highly worthy disc.”
2008 Kerry Doole, Tandem Magazine, Toronto
“Dominic’s music transcends cultures and borders. His lyrics awaken the deepest feelings and thoughts of the human experience. Surrender your hearts and indulge your senses.”
Levon Ichkhanian, world/jazz guitarist/composer
“… a journey through human emotions and musical styles. This release is particularly noteworthy for its varied instrumentation and variety of vocal color. By far the most innovative work I have yet heard from Mancuso. I recommend it highly.”
William Shookhoff, Musical Director, Phantom of the Opera
“I’m not exaggerating, Mancuso is one of the most important artiststo come out of Canada in a decade. Standing there with the Claude Dubois, Bruce Cockburn and Jean-Pierre Ferland, Dominic Mancuso has been given the gift of beautiful inventions.”
Antonio D’Alfonso, writer/publisher, Guernica Publishing
“Comfortably Mine is beautiful! O Sole Mio gave me goose bumps!”
Mark Kelso, Percussionist and Head of Humber College’s Percussion Department
“Comfortably Mine has stellar sound and performances! Congrats.”
Kevin Turcotte, trumpet player and faculty member at York University