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Featuring Tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri on a new re-mix of Aurora, pianist and composer Frank Ferrucci re-leases on CD his first album "Jewel Eyes" on Baioca Records. Musicians that appear on this groundbreaking CD are Frank on piano and keyboards, Gato, Ed Palermo and Jim Clouse on saxophones, drummers Portinho, Richie Morales, Terry Silverlight, bassist Lincoln Goines, percussionist Roger Squitero, Congeros Daniel Ponce, and Mustafa Ahmed, guitarists Bill Washer and Claudio Celso.
This reissue on CD of my first album Jewel Eyes on my label Baioca Records is very special to me. I performed and recorded this music in New York during the late 1970's and early 1980's.
The first two songs recorded were New Funk and Dance of the Clouds, with James Mason at Downtown Sound. Soon after, I began working with Portinho and Lincoln Goines, and we recorded Free, Cenote and Que Tu Quieres at Songshop with John Palerno. On these very different tracks, the rhythm section, led by Daniel Ponce and Portinho, found a new and exciting bridge between the rhythms of Brazil and Cuba.
The title track Jewel Eyes was recorded in another Songshop session and, at the final date at Rite Track, I recorded Aurora, featuring Gato Barbieri, again with John at the helm. Gato's take on Aurora was exquisite and evocative and remains so today, 25 years after the initial recording.
For this CD I've added a magical and powerful remix of Aurora by Paul Special, where Bill Washer's new and burning guitar track electrifies and Gato's tenor sax continues to soar.
|All selections composed and arranged by Frank Ferrucci
Copyright Leenalisa Music (BMI)
Producer: Frank Ferrucci
Associate Producer: John Palermo
Studios: Songshop, NYC/ Rite Track, NYC/ Crossfire, NYC/ Downtown Sound, NYC
Engineers: John Palermo, James Mason
Assistant Engineers: Jim Stasiak, Peter Darmi
Mastered by: Ted Jensen, Sterling Sound, NYC
Album Design: Mary Mattingly
Cover Illustration: Mary Mattingly
Photography: Cristina Taccone
Executive Producer: Chuck Auster
"That keyboardist/ composer Frank Ferrucci has stepped out of his customary role as sideman, arranger or musical composer will be good news to any who have seen or heard him perform around New York, or around the world on tour with Gato Barbieri.
For those unfamiliar with Frank's subtle, provocative style at the piano, Fender Rhodes or synthesizer, Frank'ss first solo recording provides a welcome change to the now formulized approaches to contemporary composition. Is it jazz? Rock? Latin? The diversity of Frank's talents- as composer, arranger, producer and performer- are impressive and just as impressive is the roster of players that serve up this tantalizing array of music.
Sparked by Frank's sense of aural color and fluid rhythmic perceptions, this album is a musical gem, providing the listener an opportunity to look through these "Jewel Eyes" rather than at them.
--Marc Silag, Musician Magazine