Jazz guitarist and recording artist, Dom Minasi’s latest release, Remembering Cecil is a solo project; a culmination of 30 years of playing free form jazz. The project’s title pays tribute to Cecil Taylor; one of Dom’s idols and sources of inspiration over the years.
I love Dom’s rich tones on this recording. The sound of his guitar is rich and full, but also very clean so that you can easily hear every note; every nuance. You know how it is when you’re eating a meal prepared by a top chef. The chef has prepared the food with a rich array of spices and ingredients, yet it’s prepared so expertly so that you can taste every spice. That’s what Dom’s playing reminds me of on this recording. Masterfully done.
Free form is not everyone’s cup-of-tea. If you’re expecting something traditional with more of a standard AABA form, yeah, this kind of music might seem a little curios to you. But, the way I approach listening to this style of music is like someone listening to a master story teller; following the stories twists and turns to the end.
Remembering Cecil; beautiful and strong harmonic passages. I love the percussiveness that happens throughout the project; powerful playing that really held my attention.
The project consists of four tracks; all solo guitar. My favorite is the third track, entitled, Improv 3. I love the melodic tour and the combination of space and harmony. This one told my favorite story.
Great stuff, Dom. Great project.
Ted Vieira, for minor11.com
Visit https://domminasi.bandcamp.com/album/remembering-cecil to listen.