Dominick Farinacci – Lovers, Tales & Dances

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At just 25-years-old, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci is what you could call “scary good.”

The Julliard School grad’s American debut, Lovers, Tales & Dances, owes a lot to romanticism and smooth musicianship, giving many of us a first listen to one of the hottest up-and-coming players in jazz music. Featuring Kenny Barron, James Genus, Marc Johnson, Joe Lovano, and Joe Locke among others, Farinacci’s U.S. debut is sure to impress even the most hardened jazz critics.

Of course, Farinacci is no stranger to recording or to playing with some pretty big names. In fact, this young kid has recorded six records as a leader on Japan’s M&I label, receiving two Gold Disc awards in the process. Farinacci also received the International New Star Award in Japan in 2003, joining names like Christian McBride and Diana Krall.

Youthful as he is, Farinacci has already amassed a rather impressive list of high-profile jazz artists with which he has shared a musical experience or two. Case in point: at just age 17, Dominick opened for Wynton Marsalis and his big band at the Tri-C Jazzfest in Cleveland. After hearing about Farinacci’s skills, Wynton asked for him to come backstage and play. A few months later, young Dominick was a guest of Marsalis on the PBS broadcast Live From Lincoln Center: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong.

So if you’re not already on to this 25-year-old dynamo, you should be.

Lovers, Tales & Dances is as good a place to start as any, especially if you have trouble getting your mitts on his Japanese releases. Here is a record that exudes maturity and control, with Farinacci keeping it cool and light.

This is an ideal album for that romantic evening you’ve been planning. You know the one: candles, wine, a nice dinner, and more wine. Farinacci’s strikingly silky trumpet is the perfect soundtrack, smoothly outlining the moment with sophistication. Slip Lovers, Tales & Dances into the player, take hold of your cohort, and slow-dance until the break of dawn.

Part of the reason Farinacci’s U.S. debut works so well as theme music for romance is because this young kid’s got such an old soul. Listen as he elongates the notes and holds the tone on the enchanting “Love Dance” or marvel at the way he interacts with vocalist Hilary Kole on the sensual and polished “Estaté.”

Farinacci floats beautifully over his own arrangement, “Vision,” caringly offering light flugelhorn over Kenny Barron’s resourceful piano. And the Ornette Coleman tune “Lonely Woman” is given bold, brave treatment with Farinacci’s trumpet playing alongside Joe Lovano’s tenor and James Genus’ slightly off-kilter bass hooks.

Stunningly good, Dominick Farinacci is sure to be a big name in jazz music. His American debut is an astonishing reminder of how much talent still exists and what happens when youthful enthusiasm meets an old soul. 

9.1/10

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