Bill DiCosimo Quartet | Grab Hold of Your Dreams

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Grab Hold of Your Dreams

by Bill DiCosimo Quartet

Jazz flavored Latino, Pop and Blues.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Audience Applause
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2. Serenade to a Cuckoo
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3. Blues For Kane
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4. Guajira
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5. Little Sunflower
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6. Nightingale
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7. Give Me All Your Love
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8. The Snake
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9. Tomorrow Brings the Rain
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10. Frank's Drum Solo Intro
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11. Grab Hold of Your Dreams
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12. How Simple Can You Get?
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13. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
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14. Hemlock Eyes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bill DiCosimo formed his own quartet to focus on a performing group that would consider taking any good song, regardless of style and make it their own with an influential eye towards jazz and improvisation as the underlying foundation. This way, audiences identify with the song itself and enjoy how it becomes re-invented or interpreted to suit the personalities of the group. As the quartet’s influences and tastes are varied – Latino, World Music, Blues, Jazz-Rock, Modal and Funk, the mix of these “flavors” makes a unique blend of musical output. Not a new concept by any means but effectively presented by the musical prowess of this group.

Bill DiCosimo also uses the quartet as a vehicle for his writing and arranging. Particularly writing songs to feature his wife and vocalist of the group, Lisa who also has a tremendous ear for finding unique cover material to sing. Bill, as a keyboardist with a long history of performing with or opening for a number of artists such as: Dave Valentin, Stanley Turrentine, Tom Scott, Warren Hill, The Braxton Brothers, Average White Band among others, has teamed with two of Central New York’s premier rhythm section performers: Edgar Pagan, bassist and founder of Grupo Pagan who’s Latin Rock Band has taken the Northeast by storm (of which Bill plays keyboards!) and Frank Neubert, drummer who is also a member of Grupo Pagan as well as having a long track record as a performer and session drummer.

The unique aspect of this first release by the quartet is that it is a “live recording” with no overdubs. This can be a daunting experience due to the impact of having no studio corrections at your disposal. As the group felt that a live audience was always the support system in generating excitement and feeding off the crowd at club gigs, it seemed appropriate to use this approach in creating the recording. The results speak for itself! There’s laughter, some occasional errors but on the whole, some great musical moments that we hope our friends (old and new) will enjoy.

The covers chosen were hand picked from the crowd response at our club performances. Songs like Santana’s “Guajira” and Bette Midler’s “One Monkey” always were a tremendous hit and on our “most requested” list. Especially because of the sound that the group created without guitar or a horn section! Bill’s passion for the modal jazz music of artists such as Herbie Hancock, Rashaan Roland Kirk and Freddie Hubbard made his choices easy for instrumental jazz covers as well as in what you can perceive in his originals, this same endearing tribute on his original tune: “Hemlock Eyes”.

In addition to bringing together this group and the project, Bill is a published ASCAP composer, ASCAPlus Award Recipient, professor of music industry and jazz studies at Syracuse University, director of the college vocal jazz ensemble and an IAJE clinician. In 2004, the group performed at the Detroit International Jazz Festival and in 2006, Bill’s published composition, “Pages” (UNC Jazz Press) and a vocal jazz arrangment of “Blues for Kane” received their West Coast Premier by the University of Southern California Concert Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

You can keep up with Bill, the quartet and Grupo Pagan at the following:
www.billdicosimo.com
www.myspace.com/billdicosimoquartet
www.grupopagan.com

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John

Great balance between standards and originals. Check out "Kane's Blues!"
This live recording catches the quartet in great form as they run through a set that includes some well chosen standards as well as some terific new originals including the title cut and "Kane's Blues." Bill DiCosimo tears it up on piano and the the band's versatility, sense of humor and overall chemistry are in evidence throughout. A superior live date and well worth the price of admission!!!
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Denny Giantomasi

First Class musicianship, Too good to be considered a local release!
This is a super group! Every instrument (vocals included) is represented by a true artist. Bill DiCosimo's keyboard work is world class! That alone would be enough, but Edgar Pagan's bass work and Frank Neubert's drumming are sheer inspiration backed by supreme command and major league talent. Lisa DiCosimo has the serious vocal chops to tie it all together. Listening to the outstanding blend of songs played in arrangements that augment the mind blowing talent in this group, you can't help but feel you're listening to a 4th or 5th CD from a legendary band. They are that good! If you like the Jazz Genre, then you'd be a fool not to pick up this disc. Some Amazing stuff here!! Enjoy it often. It even gets better!
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Alex Pijnen, BRTO Radio, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands

Fantastic Album!
Fantastic Album! Great stuff for our Radio Station.
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Tony Bates, Highlands 100.7 FM, Maldon Victoria Australia

An incredible cross genre mix!
What an incredible cross genre mix, that in lesser hands might well have failed. This album grabs your attention from track one and from then on you're its captive!
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John Reid, Keith Community Radio, Keith-Banffshire, Scotland

A live recording of top quality music.
A live recording of top quality music, with a nice lively, smooth, and well balanced quality. Musicians who interact well together and back up the vocals with top class musicianship in their own right. The arrangements are spot on and I was also very impressed with Bill DiCosimo's own compositions which are well structured. The melodies and rhythms are excellent throughout and come over well in the live performance. Great Work all round.
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Big Fan

Fun, thoughtful, original...
This CD has everything...groovy beats, thoughtful ballads, and musical prowess from each member. The group has a great sense of ensemble. I dare you to try and get the title song out of your head!
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Eric Cohen WAER-Syracuse

An entertaining night of music and the results are right here.
Having been in attendance the night of this recording...I knew that something special was happening...and it is wonderful to hear the talents of this group finally reach the masses.
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Pat Campbell

I am not a Jazz fan, and I LOVE this CD
I could not imagine listening to this CD if I was actually into Jazz. As I stated- I really am not a Jazz fan- mostly b/c I usually find Jazz to bore me easily as I think it all starts to sound the same. That is NOT the case w/ this great mix of up beat instrumentals and powerful vocals. I especially like the originals! You will NOT be disappointed!!!
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Mark Bialczak - Syracuse Post Standard Newspaper


The 12-song disc, split evenly between original songs and covers, captures the intimate feel of the 70-seat theater as the quartet melds the sounds of jazz, blues and world beats. The good vibe starts with DiCosimo's keen composing ear. "Give Me All Your Love" allows Lisa DiCosimo's voice to soar and "Tomorrow Brings the Rain" let's DiCosimo's keyboards put you in the mood to hear the drops play nature's beat on the roof.
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Rick, Vechtdal F.M. Netherlands

Bluesy Jazz! I give it airplay all the way.
Perfect CD "Grab Hold Of Your Dreams" Bluesy jazz! I give it airplay all the way. Music that is perfect for the show.
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