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by Andy Bianco

This exciting recording is a modern jazz quintet album that delivers an energetic blend of hard swinging, mixed meter, harmonically sophisticated compositions.
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Southern Cross (feat. Jacob Yoffee, Mike Murray, Tony Depaolis & Dave Throckmorton)
6:48 $0.99
2. Thermocline (feat. Jacob Yoffee, Mike Murray, Tony Depaolis & Dave Throckmorton)
9:18 $0.99
3. Song of the Changing Seasons (feat. Don Depaolis, Tony Depaolis & Dave Throckmorton)
4:39 $0.99
4. Stormy Sunday (feat. Chris Hemingway, Mike Murray, Tony Depaolis & Dave Throckmorton)
8:20 $0.99
5. Hand Revealed Messages (feat. Chris Hemingway, Tony Depaolis, Dave Throckmorton & Don Depaolis)
5:38 $0.99
6. Clouds (feat. Mike Murray & Tony Depaolis)
2:38 $0.99
7. Homefront (feat. Jacob Yoffee, Mike Murray, Tony Depaolis & Dave Throckmorton)
6:15 $0.99
8. Cirrus Skies (feat. Jacob Yoffee, Mike Murray, Tony Depaolis & Dave Throckmorton)
7:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Homefront" is guitarist, composer & Pittsburgh native Andy Bianco's second official album release as a leader & his debut offering on Armored Records. The album consists of 8 modern jazz compositions, 6 of which were written by Bianco & 2 of which were penned & performed on the album by Don DePaolis, an exceptional pianist/composer & elder statesman on the Pittsburgh jazz scene. It also features Don's son Tony DePaolis as the bassist & co-producer of the album, Chris Hemingway on alto saxophone, Jacob Yoffee on tenor saxophone, Mike Murray on piano & Dave Throckmorton on drums.

"Homefront" delivers an energetic blend of hard swinging, mixed meter, harmonically sophisticated jazz compositions. Soaring melodies, lush harmonies, menacing ostinatos & fiery improvisation are found everywhere on the album. "Often my writing is influenced by the musicians that I'm working with or checking out at that particular time & place," Bianco says. "Some of my goals with this album were to both document the way I was writing & playing at that time & also to pay homage to the jazz legacy of my hometown of Pittsburgh, since I have musical history in one form or another with all of the personnel on 'Homefront'. They've all had a strong, forward thinking, positive impact on the Pittsburgh jazz scene at one time or another, & some of them still do today. Also the fact that 3 of the musicians on the album (Bianco, Throckmorton, & Tony DePaolis) all have fathers that are musicians from the Pittsburgh area who were active in the local music scene demonstrates the legacy of this music in Pittsburgh, & of jazz as an American art form in general."

"This recording represents an evolution of straight-ahead jazz; song-form based improvisation with mostly swinging time & changes but with a modern approach to harmony, sound and rhythm," Bianco explains. "In essence 'Homefront' is an album that is forward thinking yet rooted in tradition."  Dizzy Gillespie once famously stated that a jazz musician should have one foot in the past & the other in the future; the same could be said about this album, as Bianco & his compatriots successfully convey that spirit on "Homefront".
-Lemmy Caution

"Andy Bianco is an amazing guitarist. He has great ideas, a fantastic sound, & boundless imagination & fire! This is a great collection of compositions by an exciting player who has a lot to say with his music." -Peter Bernstein

"Andy Bianco is a very fine guitarist with a natural spark. His playing embodies strong elements of the past & the future."
-Bob Moses

September 2014 Review of "Homefront" by Brent Black of
Pittsburgh native Andy Bianco is part of the exciting evolution of modern jazz guitar, he swings like a beast!
Good guitarists are like Starbucks, one on every corner. Great guitarists develop their own harmonic voice and then move to the next level, Andy Bianco is a great guitarist. Homefront is an important part of the future of modern jazz while still have a foot anchored in the roots of full contact swing. Bianco is a prolific composer turning in six originals and backed with a stellar ensemble of musical co-conspirators that work as a true collective. Fire and ice...The perfect storm.

"Southern Cross" kicks off the session with a vibrant swing and clean angular lines coming from Bianco. "Stormy Sunday" is a groove you can use with a syncopated off metered pop but a swing that you will hear with your feet. "Clouds" is a somewhat more dialed down ambient ballad that transcends genre and allows Bianco's harmonic sense of exploration to take flight.

While Andy Bianco is a relative new shooter in the modern jazz realm of six string aficionado's, there is little doubt he is as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient. The band is A list and a first call fire storm of swing that can touch your heart and set your hair on fire at the same time.

Homefront is a review that writes itself. Stupid good! One of the better new artists that I have heard this year!
-Brent Black /



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September 12 2015 Review of "Homefront" by acclaimed New Zealand Music Journalis
ONE WE MISSED: Andy Bianco; Home Front (Armored)
ONE WE MISSED: Andy Bianco; Home Front (Armored)
One we missed? Did we what!
Here's my recollection: This album -- originally released in the US in late 2013 apparently -- came my way some weeks after an e-mail from US guitarist Bianco in January of this year and it went into a large pile of pre and post-Christmas releases.
Bianco subsequently got back to me by e-mail in August just wondering . . . Politely.
And time passed until the jazz pile, which is refilled weekly, sunk down and there was Home Front, still patiently awaiting attention.
So it's apologies all round and now we have the chance to bring this exciting, post-fusion outing (which has picked up excellent US reviews for its focus and energy) to attention.

Pittsburg native Bianco's previous outing was the the great drummer Bob Moses' duo but here he confidently strides into the centre of the frame with a terrific line-up which includes in places tenor and alto, two different pianists and the grounded rhythm section of bassist Tony DePaolis and drummer Dave Throckmorton.

Among the many excellent originals here is boiling and angular Thermocline which Bianco opens with a sheen of sound and a brittle, stuttering melodic attack (not dissimilar to John Scofield's early work) but then winds it down discreetly and steps back to allow tenor player Jacob Yoffee to deliver a deliciously sensitive solo which starts somewhere in the early Fifties and scales its way briefly through post-bop . . . before pianist Mike Murray enters.

This piece -- a series of intelligently interlocked and co-dependent parts -- is a real journey, but also in some ways emblematic of the intellect and musicianship on display across all eight of these exploratory tracks.

At the other end of the spectrum is pianist Don DePaolis-penned ballad Song of the Changing Seasons, whose title alone hints at its theme. And here Bianco's playing has a precision which is appropriately climatic in its emotions as strong breezes blow leaves of notes around.

Pianist Don DePaolis errs to the slower moods again when he appears on his own lovely Hand Revealed Message which is open enough to let Bianco dance across the top with some beautifully sustained notes which find their echo in Chris Hemingway's bright'n'breezy alto solo.

Bianco's title track finds him again exercising restraint which allows for Mike Murray's deft piano passages and bassist Tony DePoalis to offer a thoughtful solo.

Bianco -- who has doubtless heard and studied John McLaughlin's more restrained work in the Seventies and Eighties -- describes this album as forward thinking yet rooted in tradition, and that seems a very honest assessment.

Well worth checking out. You still can of course, it's not really "missed" just went missing for a while.

Graham Reid | Sep 12, 2015 |