Guitarist Tony do Rosario paid his dues down the Jersey shore and out west in LA before settling in Chicago. On his Dreambox debut he is joined by well-known East Coast musicians in a program featuring five of his original compositions and two under-recorded gems by Grant Green and Frank Foster.
- Personnel, track listings and reviews
Personnel: Tony do Rosario, guitar; Bob Shomo, drums; Behn Gillece, vibes; Dan Kostelnik, organ.
"Childhood Memories" / "Another Time" / "Jean de Fleur" / "Easter Sunday" / "The Welcoming" / "Waiting Alone" / "Simone"
What the critics say:
"Chicago guitarist Tony do Rosario displays a traditional, hard-swinging style on The Welcoming, an engaging quartet recording with organist Dan Kostelnik, vibraphonist Behn Gillece and drummer Bob Shomo. The session highlights the Atlantic City, New Jersey-native's fluid guitar style and solid compositional skills.
The bouncy 6/8 opener 'Childhood Memories' and the Latin-insprired 'Another Time' introduce Rosario's progressive approach; mindful of the past, yet eager to push forward. The guitarist's greasy, single-note lines evoke the feel-good soulfulness of 1960s Blue Note sessions with guitarist Grant Green and organist Larry Young. A highlight of the recording is the classic Green piece 'Jean De Fleur,' featuring graceful, chops-heavy lines by Rosario, Kostelnik and Gillece. Kostelnik keeps things grounded throughout with a firm command of the organ combo tradition, evoking the sounds of Young, Big John Patton and Jack McDuff.
The bluesy toe-tapper 'Easter Sunday,' up-tempo title track and dreamy ballad 'Waiting Alone' emphasize Rosario's penchant for patient melodic build-up, developing themes that are logical and stylistically sound. The closing 'Simone,' driven by the intensity of Shomo's drumming, brings satisfying closure to a well-conceived session.
The Welcoming will appeal to fans of soulful, guitar driven jazz. The music is honest and heartfelt while Rosario's talent as a composer and improviser shines through from start to finish."
- All About Jazz.com
"Among the very best jazz guitarists of the current generation who play in traditional style, be sure to add the name of Tony Do Rosario. This young man's background is impeccable...'The Welcoming' is a superb album with strong original compositions (and two covers) and exuberant playing by all the parties involved. These musicians include drummer Bob Shomo, organist Dan Kostelnik and vibist Behn Gillece, and the way they interact with and support their leader is exceptional. Meanwhile Do Rosario takes no prisoners with his melodic and energetic playing, which reminds the listener of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green.
I defy any jazz fan not to love this album. The band comes out smoking on the opener, 'Childhood Memories,' virtually daring the listener not smile and tap their toes. 'Another Time' is a quieter, Latin-tined tone with Do Rosario's guitar hints at a bit of Joe Pass or Jim Hall. Again, those who love their jazz straight ahead will love this. Kostelnik and Gillece trade off solos with Do Rosario, while Shomo anchors it all with a strong pulse. A fiery version of Grant Green's 'Jean De Fleur' is done exceptionally well and is a worthy complement to the original version that may remind modern listeners of what a great player the under-appreciated Green was. I'm sure Green would be smiling at Do Rosario's tough and soulful, yet sweet playing. And if the mark of a great player is how well he swings when comping, just listen to Do Rosario's work supporting his fellow players Gillece and Kosetlnik on their satisfying solos. Rhythm guitar work like this is a dying art.
The blusey 'Easter Sunday' is a down home treat, while the title tune shows Do Rosario writing some delightful hard bop in an impressive track. Do Rosario's guitar bubbles over a driving Shomo and Kostelnik, before Gillece chimes in with sparkling mallet work on this highlight. 'Waiting Alone''s quiet grittiness, drenched in B-3 tones, reminds me of Grant Green's work with Jack McDuff, with the added treat of Gillece's haunting vibes and Do Rosario's twisting lines here are memorable. Finally, as if to complete a near perfect recording, a bouncy version of Frank Foster's 'Simone' sends the listener off happy and content.
As a fan of traditional (yet original) jazz guitar I have had 'The Welcoming' in my heavy playlist since I first heard it. Do Rosario's guitar playing is just what the doctor ordered...and the excellent contributions from his fellow musicians is an added bonus." - JazzChicago.net
"Mr. Do Rosario has really blossomed over the past few years into a
very accomplished player. Tony's new CD 'The Welcoming' is a gem. I was more
than a little impressed with this recording. Tony can be very proud of this new
release as it should establish him as a force to be reckoned in with in the jazz
guitar world. All I can say is - do yourself a favor and buy this CD."
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