Denis Diblasio, Andy Lalasis & Bob Shomo | What's Old Is New

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What's Old Is New

by Denis Diblasio, Andy Lalasis & Bob Shomo

A set of Jazz classics recorded on pristine analog 8 track by jazz greats Denis DiBlasio, Andy Lalasis and Bobby Shomo
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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1. Bill Bailey
Denis Diblasio, Bob Shomo & Andy Lalasis
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6:53 album only
2. The Sheik Of Araby
Denis Diblasio, Andy Lalasis & Bob Shomo
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4:26 album only
3. You Made Me Love You
Denis Diblasio, Bob Shomo & Andy Lalasis
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7:31 album only
4. It's Three O' Clock in the Morning
Denis Diblasio, Andy Lalasis & Bob Shomo
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5:00 album only
5. Margie
Denis Diblasio, Andy Lalasis & Bob Shomo
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4:53 album only
6. After You've Gone
Denis Diblasio, Andy Lalasis & Bob Shomo
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2:34 album only
7. Toot, Toot, Tootsie
Denis Diblasio, Andy Lalasis & Bob Shomo
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7:20 album only
8. St Louis Blues
Denis Diblasio, Andy Lalasis & Bob Shomo
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5:18 album only
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Album Notes
"What's Old Is New"
Randy Weaver, Denis DiBlasio and Andy Lalasis have remained friends since they graduated Pennsauken High School back in 1972.
Sharing an everlasting bond held together by the love of music & friendship, they had each gone their own separate ways in life - until recently that is...
Denis and Andy reunited at the request of Randy who had acquired a 1" tape machine for his studio and requested them to test it out by coming over to his studio and playing while he recorded them.
Denis & Andy agreed and brought along Bob Shomo on drums to try an idea Denis had been thinking about trying out for a long time. His idea was to have a trio with no piano or guitar - just bass, drums, bari sax & flute.
He had also been toying with the idea of doing very old songs from the 20's but changing up the feel on them to make them sound fresh again. You should know there was absolutely no pre - preparation for this session, no rehearsals and no talk of how to start and end the songs...pure spontaneous creativity with no pre-conceived notions. It was decided on the spot what the groove would be and who would solo and when - that's it!
Upon playback of the tracks the guys were so amazed by what they heard they immediately decided to press up copies of the music for everyone else to hear as well. The result is truly amazing and has far exceeded everyone's expectations.
You will instantly recognize that this music has literally taken on a life of it's own and the sonic quality is "audiophile", hence the title "What's Old Is New".
It aptly describes both musically & personally what transpired on that historic day.

Andy Lalasis


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Bob Kimmel

Old . . . New . . . who cares - it's Great!
This album is a very unique and interesting musical experience. It's hard enough to make a great album with a full band when you’ve got a wide variety of musical textures to play with including all the melodic and harmonic instruments entangling. But when you’re working with just 2 rhythm instruments and one melodic instrument and NO harmonic instrumentation at all it becomes a whole different kind of challenge and Denis DiBlasio, Andy Lalasis and Bob Shomo have risen to that challenge and gone way beyond. Throughout this album I never once felt like I was missing anything just because there were no guitars or keyboards or any orchestration. It seems full and complete and all together natural and fulfilling with the live performances as they stand. The space is used as a part of the chart. Taking these old classic songs from the early 1900’s and turning them into fresh sounding jazz tracks of today was the brain child of reed man Denis DiBlasio and he chose the exact right combination of players to accomplish this task. Denis plays bari sax and flute and makes them sound like a full orchestra. His melodic choices and solos are magnificent to say the least but one of the more subtle things that I really enjoyed about Denis’ playing on this record was his comping behind the bass and drum solos. It may not seem like much but his subtle approach to lending a little harmonic subtext to those solo areas were so perfect that they made those musical areas even more brilliant. Andy Lalasis’ playing is, as always, perfect in every way. He has always been one of my favourite bass players and he once again lends his personal imprint to another great album. This geographic area where Andy and I both live in Southern New Jersey is ripe with an amazing surplus of world class bass players and they all are top notch great players but within that community and this wealth of bass talent Andy stands above them all if for no other reason than his remarkably unique and extremely recognisable style. I can hear Andy coming from a mile away and it’s always a pleasure hearing his interpretation of anything he plays on and this album is no exception, he kills it! Bob Shomo is one of the most tasteful and smooth jazz drummers I know and he delivers a perfect rhythmic support to this collection of tunes. With such a small ensemble it wouldn’t be unusual for a drummer to over play a bit to fill the gaps but Bob seems to find a way to play less and make it seem like more. His feel, his groove, his solos, everything he does just fits exactly right into the formula to make this album come alive. The album is recorded beautifully and sounds very intimate and at the same time it feels big and bold. Randy Weaver did an amazing job of capturing the wonderful performances of these three great players. Buy this one, you won’t be disappointed.

Flip Martorano

Upright and Dynomite!!
One thing is for sure Louis Armstrong has a big 'ole smile across his face! The so very well done and soulful rendition of Bill Bailey starts this CD off proper!!! Love the soothing sax touching on the melody as the drums, keep the groove rolling along and the upright bass just refuses to take a back seat to any instrument. What a killer combination of musicianship all throughout this collection.
Allow yourself to be taken on this journey of jazz and groove music. The hum of Andy's upright goes unmatched in the world of bass, this guy knows what he is doing and he does it right, a true professional in the industry!
Denis does an equally amazing job with the sax and his flute playing is fantastic! Step aside Ron Burgundy there is a true jazz flute player in the house!!! This brings me to Bob's drumming, well done, it grooves, it's smooth and at the same time providing a solid foundation for the sax, flute and bass solos!! He really brings it, you can just hear those brushes sliding across the snare! Bob certainly paints "Happy Trees" with his brushes!!! I just mentioned solos, this CD is full of beautifully, well done solos from everyone!! I highly recommend this collection, get ready for a soulful jazz experience - what is old is new and it's kicking jazz ass!!!