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Many Places

by Tim Volpicella

Tim's willingness to explore beyond traditional boundaries and follow the muse where it leads has resulted in music of haunting originality that is winning fans and airplay worldwide.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Many Places
5:29 $0.99
2. Seven Pools
5:32 $0.99
3. Liaison
4:23 $0.99
4. A Stitch In Time
4:20 $0.99
5. With A Prayer
6:15 $0.99
6. Choice
6:04 $0.99
7. Always In My Dreams
4:48 $0.99
8. Bartolomeo
4:03 $0.99
9. Intervallo
0:26 $0.99
10. Movements / Moments
5:43 $0.99
11. Evening Dance
4:00 $0.99
12. Episode
4:34 $0.99
13. Per Tulasi
3:27 $0.99
14. Save All Your Love For Me
7:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Spirited, worldly, sensible and sensitive......Volpicella doesn't sound like someone else, nor does his music....."
"all about jazz" magazine


1) Many Places (5:32) - Russell Ferrante's piano intro sets the mood for this medium tempo piece with its haunting melody that takes us to many places

2) Seven Pools (5:36) - Peppe Merolla's tremendous operatic vocal trades leads with Tim's soaring guitar as a non-verbal, vocalized instrument. Elements of samba are superimposed over a Mediterranean sound

3) Liaison (4:23) - Piano and nylon stringed guitar meet in a secret tryst; a mysterious piece in a minor key that makes a subtle shift to major at the end

4) A Stitch in Time (4:22) - Russian singer Irena Mikhailova chants a feeling of loss and longing; an otherworldly quality, evocative of Eastern European folk song

5) With a Prayer (6:14) - Bob Adams' Hammond B3 organ creates a tolling, hymn-like sound, calling us together

6) Choice (6:06) - Tim's guitar and Renata Bratt's cello deftly skip atop grave underpinnings, expressing the duality of life. Bass, drums and distorted guitar establish an air of concern, even as the melody offers a ray of hope

7) Always in My Dreams (4:51) - The melody dances over clouds with its dream-like harmony. A subtle, relaxed tune.

8) Bartolomeo (4:04) - Tim's nylon string guitar establishes a folksy sound, telling the story of the seeker in his ship, always searching, never finding

9) Intervallo (0.25) - An intermission piece that starts the next journey to "Many Places"

10) Movements/Moments (5:44) - A rising ostinato pattern creates a feeling of suspension, summoning the dancer to the spirituality of rhythm

11) Evening Dance (4:03) - A bowed bass improvisation, followed by an ostinato pattern that sets the foundation for full expression of Middle Eastern-flavored guitar effects; soprano sax takes the melody

12) Episode (4:38) - Various pieces of sampled world music, soprano, curved soprano and tenor saxes, non-verbal vocal expressions, and Tim's searing guitar work result in a richly textured, multi-layered melange

13) Per Tulasi (3:30) - The CD returns to the softer side, with exquisite guitar and sax interweaving the beautiful melody. A medium tempo piece

14) Save All Your Love For Me (7:42) - The CD ends in a gospel feeling with bluesy, electric guitar and romantic sax over luxurious Hammond B3 organ



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Javier Antonio Quiñones Ortiz

Concrete effort in panoramic jazz views.
Good music is. Tim Volpicella's Many Places is that also because of its appealing good looks and ease of enjoyment. Indeed, it is a visit to assorted musical headlands with akin views of melodious and harmonic spaces, albeit never quite staying in the same place as it truly evokes many musical destinations under Volpicella’s guitar lead.

Spirited, worldly, sensible and sensitive in its own Bluesy meanderings; the particular instrumental configurations, textures, sounds, genre impersonations and fused musical geographies that come through the CD, share different emotive motifs, tempos, chordal progressions and manifestations in each tune. In other words, Volpicella and the adjoining crew work well with varying musical relations and genres while sustaining a group identity and personality of their own through 14 tries.

The hints and tinges of varied origins and styles incorporated in the musical compositions portray pictorials within a common wider sonic canvas so to speak. Volpicella doesn't sound like someone else, nor does his music, although it is not territory musicalized through unfamiliar ruses. Sonic effects and touches enhance its intended wide range of emotive persuasion -- as the stringed and vocalized parts show. The CD just wouldn't reach deeper if it were devoid of the splashes and touches that frame it. Think of them as having a similar relation to plot development as secondary characters in TV and film do.

Sure footed fingering, clean and understandable ideas - even at the freest moments - are clearly apparent throughout the guitar work. Volpicella writes and plays well and his 14 compositions, with their corresponding first-rate performances, attest to that fact. If the compositions, in turn, elicit the prescribed chemistry from the supporting cast, the writing is likely good. Just listen to Russell Ferrante's doings here for further awareness in that regard. Each showcase in the recording gives you an idea of the facility of Volpicella and friends to become the piece rather than impose themselves on the material. The recording, although not strictly nouvelle cuisine, does dwell squarely in the 21st Century rather than in the past - its echoes notwithstanding.

Many Places, to be sure. Perhaps you should visit them…