Tony Vattimo – Can’t Let Go

After several years playing everything from traditional to funky urban & contemporary jazz at notable venues in and around his hometown of Philly, Tony Vattimo releases Can’t Let Go, a melodically rich and rhythmically diverse collection of all original compositions. True to the album title he chose to reflect his multi-faceted musical vision, created a brilliant contemporary project with just the right amount of improvisation drawing on his love for old school jazz–that would make listeners feel they “Can’t Let Go”.

For Vattimo, Can’t Let Go is the culmination of a versatile career as a composer, sideman and solo performer that also includes his work as a choir director and church organist, and composer for Omnimusic; a Long Island, NY based company that supplies cues and source tracks for TV, radio, films and documentaries. Vattimo’s music has been prominently featured on The Maury Povich Show and one of his smooth jazz pieces was prominently included in an episode of the TV show “Clueless.”

Influenced by everyone from Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock to Russell Ferrante, Joe Sample, and Pat Metheny, he began playing the organ at age 12 and added trombone to his repertoire in high school, during which time he also learned classical piano. While pursuing his degree in music education at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, he performed with the college’s jazz band. After earning his degree, he taught music for a year before immersing himself in the city’s rich musical culture and making a full time living playing gigs.

On Stage Vattimo is a seasoned performer on the Philadelphia club scene playing in bands as well as his own solo performances. In recent years, he has performed regularly at Gerald Veasley’s Jazz Base in Reading and other regional hotspots like Blue 2 0 and The Cork in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; with the notable New Earth Trio (featuring bassist Rob Williams and drummer Abe Speller) performing selections from Vattimo’s vast catalog of originals as well as Spyro Gyra and Fourplay classics.

Notable live performances’s New Year’s Eve Gala Philadelphia, PA Berks Jazz Fest – Reading, PA Gerald Veasley’s Jazz Base – Reading, PA Cork – Cherry Hill, NJ Blue 2-O – Cherry Hill, NJ Vincent’s – West Chester, PA Hotel Fiesole – Skippack, PA

Music Can’t Let Go, Vattimo’s 18-month labor of love, began with him composing and creating synth bass and loop driven sketch recordings in his home studio in Collegeville, PA. He gathered many of the region’s top jazz musicians and ultimately headed to Jonesborough, Tennessee to work alongside Grammy nominated engineer Martin Walters, who has added his engineering and Surround Sound expertise on projects by Spyro Gyra, Joe McBride and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The keyboardist’s focused efforts are quickly paying off with both critical acclaim for the project and airplay for several tracks. The first single is the high spirited, energetic drive-time tune “To New York,” an uplifting ode to one of Vattimo’s favorite cities. Vattimo’s array of inspiration runs deep, from the time he has spent on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai (the wistful and balmy “Na Pali Coast”) to the loss of a dear friend (“Farewell,” which begins in a meditative melancholy mood but ends with a hopeful twist).

Explaining the unique mix of jazz styles and influences which drive the unique flow of Can’t Let Go, Vattimo says, “I’ve always written my own music and it’s exciting to finally record an album that’s well produced, sounds great and really lets people know who I am as a composer, musician and artist on my own terms. The piano voicing, harmony and chordal structure of the pieces on Can’t Let Go are very reflective of straight ahead jazz, but there is always that undercurrent of a melodic, funky vibe.”

Don’t miss this album at CDBaby.

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