"I can appreciate all the stylistic detail in the playing and the production. I like how you are mixing the elements of all of those things to express where you came from as a player."
"Vinnies record makes you feel as though you are part of a good time party while listening to it. It creates an uplifting nostalgic atmosphere".
Steve Vai, guitar giant
"Zuum- Zuum- Zummo- Just one of my favorite guitarists on the planet, that's all folks!"
"I loved playing on Vinnie's new recording. He is a super talent....not only as a multi dimensionally talented guitarist
but he's a fine drummer that swings hard! Check out Vinnie Zummo!"
Mark Egan, jazz bass phenom
"You wear your influences well! I liked Human Touch a lot -really great singing. The song I like best is "It's Amazing".And Bitter Cream was strong and funny. Great guitar playing, great feel. You've got a strange brew of songs going here. Must have been fun to make it. Good luck with the project!"
David Kahne, genius producer
"Vinnie Zummo is one of the most talented musicians I know. The broad range of styles and incredible musicianship on this record is mind blowing...
An amazing record by an amazing musician."
Shawn Pelton, groove doctor and long time SNL drummer.
"You did an amazing job all around, great song writing, arranging and producing. You make it look easy although we all know it's not. We're proud to be a part of it."
The Alessi Brothers.
"Vinnie, The CD is wonderful, thanks so much for having me as a guest soloist, so much to comment on. Love "Brian's Room", and so much more, wow! You've covered so many styles here, it's a treat."
John Lee Sanders, blues giant
"It's great. Great stuff!"
Billy Hinsche, member of the Beach Boys
SWINGING GUITAR SOUNDS OF YOUNG AMERICA VOLUME TWO !!!!!!!
From former Joe Jackson guitarist Vinnie Zummo
With special appearances by:
John Lee Sanders
The Alessi Brothers
Scott Bennet (from the Brian Wilson Band)
The Global Chant Choir
As with "SWINGING GUITAR SOUNDS OF YOUNG AMERICA"#1, this album is meant to pay tribute to my fave artists by writing songs in the styles they pioneered. The fun part is that the songs often veered into my own thing by the time I finished them.
Though I play most of the instruments on the album myself, we were lucky enough to have some very special guests on this album.
"The Moment "is an homage to The Lovin Spoonful that features a wonderful vocal by Janice Zummo. Also a BLISTERING one take blues harp solo and some great Spoonful like Auto Harp by the great John Sebastian. Also featuring some kool backup vocals from Bill Stuart. The guitar solo section is my homage to Spoonful great Zal Yanovsky.
"Brian’s Room" features a stunning accapella performance by Scott Bennett from the Brian Wilson Band, the Alessi Brothers, and myself.
"Homicidal" is an homage to John Lennon that features a SLAMMING drum track by Shawn Pelton, and great vocals by Graham Maby, Dave Houghton, Janice Zummo, Robin Hitchcocke and The Global Chant Choir. The choir is made up of over 70 voices from all over the world.
"About 116" is a bop groover featuring myself on drums and guitar along with the brilliance of Mike Mainieri on vibes and Mark Egan on fretless bass.
"Don't Wait Too Long" features Janice Zummo in an AMAZINGLY heartfelt performance. This song is a retro homage to Patsy Cline.
"Special Thing" & "Bagster" feature a wonderful horn arrangement by Gary Anderson.
"Ravioli" features a Zydeco duet between the ultra funky John Lee Sanders and myself. Also slammin' acoustic bass by John Caruso and great backup vocals by Janice Zummo and Bill Stuart.
"I Love Conjunto"my homage to Conjunto music is a lot of fun and features Janice Zummo, Joe Cerisano, and Bill Stuart.
"I’m Falling Down" features Janice Zummo . Also Matty Amendola absolutely BRINGIN' IT on drums!
"Bitter Cream" features Bill Stuart on drums in an amazing homage to Ginger Baker & studio Cream.
"Slice & A Coke" (4 Joe & Pat’s) features former Joe Jackson Band drummer Gary Burke playing that groove pocket that Gary absolutely OWNS! Also backup vocals by Jimmy O'Donnel and Bill Stuart. I consider this trak some of my best blues playing.
"Count of Staten Island" is a Django Rhinehart like fun fest featuring a duet between the brilliant acoustic bassist Jon Burr and myself.
"Human Touch" is a very retro track that features a playful vocal by Janice Zummo and positively grooving drum trak by Steve Merola.
"Mel Buddy" is my tribute to Buddy Rich and Mel Lewis featuring myself on chromatic, bass harmonicas, and drums. Also featuring the pure grooving genius of Cameron Brown on bass and the amazing Gary Deinstadt on piano.
"Bagster" is a Super Sax like Bop frolic with The Vinnie Zummo Trio featuring myself on guitar, the sweaty groove brilliance of Cameron Brown on bass, Ray Marchica bringing some amazing bop on drums and special guest Gary Anderson who arranged and played a brilliant sax arrangement.
I'm crackin' up listening to " The Moment" on your new CD. GREAT take on Zally's solo work and the general musical mood of my bro's illustrious band. Bravo! Bitter Cream rules, too. My fave is the Dennis WIlson take. Now, if only I could inspire a soundalike!
Mark Sebastian, famed song writer and composer of "Summer In The City"
People who have known me for a long time are aware of my fascination with music. Can't play a lick myself but sure love to listen. Family and good friends understand, or at least sometimes tolerate my tendency to fixate on a particular musical album for a while before moving on to another obsession. Whether it be rock, jazz, reggae, zydeco, country...I find several musical genres appealing depending upon my mood.
And now I've found a new preoccupation, one that is rich in a variety of musical strains. I've been absorbed as of late with my good friend Vinnie Zummo's follow-up recording to his eclectic 2006 release "Swinging Guitar Sounds of Young America." This one simply has 'Volume 2' appended onto the end of the title but unlike a typical sequel this album not only stands on its own but in some ways sounds more refined as Vinnie visits all the musical influences which inspired him and shaped his own musical destiny, which at one point included a prolonged stint with the Joe Jackson Band.
SGSOYA - Volume 2 contains twenty songs of original compositions, each flavored with inspiration from which it was drawn. Vinnie, an established guitar virtuoso, plays many of the instruments himself, and along with his wife Janice, sings lead vocal and back-up harmonies. And there are quite a few notable musicians to come in to lend a hand on several tracks such as John Sebastian, Saturday Night Live drummer Shawn Pelton, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, bluesman John Lee Sanders, and quite a few others.
Homage is paid and recognition is bestowed in no particular order to the likes of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Patsy Cline, the Beach Boys, the Lovin' Spoonful, Percy Sledge, Django Reinhardt, Millie Small, Cream, the Rolling Stones, with special attention given to John Lennon. Blues and ska intermingle with with vintage Charlie Christian jazz...with a polka thrown in for good measure.
But listen to the playing! Vinnie pays attention to the details. Sounds like Mitch Mitchell on the Hendrix 'Experienced' track but it is Vinnie playing the drums, supplying the lead and backing vocals, and of course giving Jimi his due with that unmistakable guitar playing. Janice Zummo's voice is that of a chameleon, dominant 80's sounding power vocals on one track, lingering Patsy Cline country the next.
Good luck with this one Vinnie! It's a gem. I anticipate it will be a long while before I move on to my next musical obsession as there is so much here from which to listen.
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