Vinnie Caggiano, Eclectic Guitarist | Loop Du Jour

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Loop Du Jour

by Vinnie Caggiano, Eclectic Guitarist

This music is an eclectic combination of jazz, blues, rock, country and other, blended together in a postmodern potpourri and performed using a technology called looping.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Papa Sweat Says
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2. Christmas Song
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3. Brazilian Air
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4. Coffee Slinger
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5. Blues In The Air
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6. Hannah's Lullaby
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7. Mode 5
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8. A Wing & A Prayer
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9. Clear Green
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10. Dream Catcher
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Vinnie is often asked if he uses prerecorded tape in performance. Nothing can be further from the truth. Often, the technique and technology that is called "looping" accounts for this query. In a live performance, and on the CD, two digital devices are employed. One for the coloring and tweaking of the texture of the the guitar sound and the other is the actual looping device. The process of looping creates a multi-texutural robust sound. Between that and playing these loops in a stereo mix, a solo performer can create a wide, full and satisfying ambience. Here is how looping is accomplished:

When a pedal button is hit at the same time a chord progression is played, as the end of the desired progression is reached, the button is once again hit, causing the chord progression to play over and over, or "loop". After this, many parts can be added to create the clear impression of more guitars and even the sounds of other instruments! This the looping process. Vinnies philosophy is that music is a literal language and should be intoned just as clearly and intentionally as spoken language. Therefore, in spite of the technology being employed, Vinnie attempts to keep the soul of the music alive and present. The technology should always be secondary to the actual intent of the music.

Vinnie's experience includes session work and band work in NYC, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA and British Columbia. He has a degree in Music Composition from Five Towns College, New York. He has done music for performance art, poetry and film. He has also done sound design, composition and music direction for original theater in Austin, TX and Los Angeles. He has worked under the auspices of Babatunde Olatunji, Sly Degbos, Ayo Adeyemi and Gordy Ryan doing traditional and modern African music. He has also worked closely with Bruce Langhorne. Vinnie has an original jam band as well called Conundrum.

Read the following review of Vinnie's CD:

By Michael Snider

Self-admitted "eclectic guitarist" Caggiano's solo guitar stylings, while certainly in the "jazz" category ( whatever that means in 2003), evoke a wide range of greats from Grant Green and Jim Hall to Richard Thompson and Frank Zappa, but seem most influenced by Chet Atkins,Wes Montgomery, Mark Knopfler and Carlos Santana.

A plethora of stylistic territory is covered here, from blues and relatively straight ahead sounds to world music (particularly Latin) influences. Thankfully, Caggiano displays a high degree of skill without ever falling into the wanky Musician's Institute pseudovirtuosity that has plagued so much of what was once called "fusion" since Allan Holdsworth came along. His playing throughout is tasteful and occasionally electrifying. "Loop du Jour" gives the listener a great taste of what Caggiano is capable of, although this bass player wishes that he would record an album with a rhythm section ( of the MGs type...)

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Jackie Blue

Vinn's Guitar Orchestra
Vinn's Guitar Orchestra

What did I expect? Should I have known? How could anyone have known when the title of Vinnie Caggiano's album "Loop Du Jour" sounds like something that John Cleese would utter during a Faulty Tower's rerun? And really, after having gotten to be Vinn's closest friend during this last year, that is, as close as is possible without ever having actually met him, simply by exchanging a few greetings on Tribe.net and reading his hilarious blog...ok, I don't know him. But I do know that his dry sense of humor found on his blog translates very well to the music on Du Jour.

Although the entire album is fascinating, three of my favorite tracks are "Poppa Sweat Sez" which seems to be a joyful practical joke. Perhaps unintended or maybe I'm just reading too much into it, but the ending riff on the track reminds me of the refrain from Elton John's "Saturday Night." After listening to "Brazilian Air" I felt as if I had just landed in Rio and was now enjoying the beach and city life of this world famous destination. And "Mode 5" reminded me of swimming in Rio's surf.

As much as we joke that Vinn’s music is "sampled guitar" it really isn't, since the machine he employees simply replays the underlying groove that he's built up with his guitar--all of this done in a "take no prisoners" live setting. And there's the key difference, ladies and gentlemen, between Vinn and his idol Britney Spears: Sure they may look alike, but Vinn's music is created live, on-the-spot by a talented guitar player who plays his own instrument.

If you purchase just two albums this year, make Loop Du Jour one of them. Then you can sit back and relax for an hour while Vinn's music transports you away from this hectic life that we live, fully expecting to arrive at a beach featuring Vinn and his guitar orchestra.
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Daphnie

Close your eyes and listen
I loved music. From the time I put this work into the player I was able to close my eyes and travel all over the world. This is truly beautiful. I am so happy that I recieved this. Thank you Vinnie. This is a great trip. *smile*
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Angela E. Puca

Loop du Jour
First time listening. Think he's great. Need to get in touch with Mr. Caggiano on a personal matter. If he is about 38/39 years old and his father's name was James, please have him contact me at bluejazz@comcast.net. Thank you.
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