From the first notes of “Love For Sale” it is clear that in guitarist Dave costa we’re dealing with a technically proficient, seasoned, swing perfectionist.
This sort of guitar playing, which might well be defined as “modern classic swing / or just ‘jazz’ “ digs deep into the roots of all contemporary guitar.
Costa’s articulation is impeccable -- another indication that he’s developed such a close relationship with the instrument and the music that he treats each piece (song) as a personal friend.
Slow tempos are the trickiest for acoustic guitars and pianos since neither instrument can sustain a note for long at full volume. Most guitarists merely fill in the slow-tempo gaps with flurries of runs; Costa lets his notes resonate, then fills with light, delicious chords.
“Body and Soul” is a melodious marvel, loaded with rich harmonies underneath and bright with improvisation on Johnny Green’s famous melody. there are a dozen definitive tenor sax solos of “Body and Soul” beginning with Coleman Hawkins’ in 1939; and there a few splendid guitar solo recordings of the tune, too. Costa’s should take its place among them.
“Autumn In New York”, perhaps slower even than “Body and Soul” (and a favorite of guitarist Tal Farlow in the 1950s) gets a remarkably sensitive and delicate treatment from Costa. He is a guitar playing romantic.
This CD is good listening all the way.
Philip Elwood San Francisco Examiner 1996