In The Middle of a Kiss

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This is the third release by tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto as leader beginning with "Katewalk" in 1997. On this CD "he is supported by a stellar rhythm section of seasoned jazzmen who compliment him perfectly while also contributing their own highly personal improvisations, specifically: Jesse Green, piano, Steve Brown guitar, Tony Marino bass and drummer, Tom Whaley." Mike Simonetti

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  1. 1 The Gypsy 04:43 Info
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  2. 2 Only Trust Your Heart 05:25 Info
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  3. 3 How Long Has This Been Going On 07:43 Info
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  4. 4 Not Me 04:51 Info
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  5. 5 In The Middle Of A Kiss 05:23 Info
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  6. 6 So Danco Samba 06:32 Info
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  7. 7 Old Folks 06:47 Info
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  8. 8 Groovin' In Kalamazoo 04:25 Info
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  9. 9 The Touch of Your Lips 04:47 Info
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  10. 10 Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) 06:02 Info
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MUSIC

To Al And Zoot, With Love

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An engaging tribute to two legends of the jazz tenor saxophone, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, performed by Lew Del Gatto and Bob Keller with an all-star rhythm section comprised of Jesse Green, Tony Marino and Tom Whaley.

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  1. 1 Doodle Oodle 05:53 Info
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  2. 2 Blue Hodge 06:34 Info
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  3. 3 Halley's Comet 04:23 Info
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  4. 4 Saratoga Hunch 07:25 Info
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  5. 5 The Wailing Boat 05:30 Info
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  6. 6 P-Town 05:24 Info
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  7. 7 Mama Flosie 06:04 Info
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  8. 8 Morning Fun 05:01 Info
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  9. 9 Ballad Medley - The Nearness of You/I Got it Bad 05:02 Info
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  10. 10 Red Door 06:11 Info
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  11. 11 Lover Come Back To Me 08:29 Info
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Heroes

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A tribute featuring some of his heroes, including Frank Wess, Bob Cranshaw, Mickey Roker and Don Friedman, to some of my favorite jazz saxophonists and the music they composed.

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  1. 1 Quasimodo 03:46 Info
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  2. 2 Tickle Toe 04:27 Info
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  3. 3 Fin De L'Affaire 07:01 Info
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  4. 4 Omelette 04:14 Info
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  5. 5 Did You Call Her Today 06:10 Info
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  6. 6 People Time 04:39 Info
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  7. 7 Stanley's Time 05:08 Info
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  8. 8 Blue Up and Down 05:16 Info
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  9. 9 Lands End 03:51 Info
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  10. 10 Mr. George 04:45 Info
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  11. 11 Last Train From Overbrook 04:12 Info
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  12. 12 Sonny Medley (Doxy-St. Thomas-Airegin) 09:38 Info
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Katewalk

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"It's taken a longtime but the wait is worth it. After 25 years, veteran New York saxophonist Lew Del Gatto finally make his first CD as leader and the result speaks for itself. With an awesome set of players including Steve Turre, Randy Brecker and Victor Lewis, Katewalk is a mature and lyrical work, full of originality and personality.

Finally though, Del Gatto felt it was time. Beautiful, robust, mature and lyrical, these are just some of the terms that come to mind on Lew Del Gatto's Katewalk. Swinging his butt off with a tenor sax sound that is soulful and warm, Del Gatto's prodigious talent finally gets a proper showcase. Joined by a stellar set of jazz veterans that collectively demonstrates some fine ensemble playing and creative solos, Del Gatto has taken his overdue turn in the spotlight.

Drummer Victor Lewis has played with virtually everybody, and for good reason - his time is propulsive, he listens, reacts, inspires and infuses the music with energy. Chip Jackson is one of the best bassists in the world - his great sound, amazing chops, solid time and expressive solos are here as they were for the five years he spent with Elvin Jones. Joe Cohn (son of tenor great Al Cohn) is a guitarist who doesn't rely on electronic gimmickry, just great and pure guitar sound and consistently interesting ideas. In addition to his fine soloing and emphatic comping on both piano and organ, Ron Feuer also contribute beautifully reharmonized charts on three tunes. Trombonist Steve Turre (a cohort from the Saturday Night Live Band) and Lew's long-time friend Randy Brecker are both familiar names to jazz fans, and they deliver what you'd expect - impeccable ensemble playing and creative solos full of fire and finesse. As liner note writer Rick Wald writes, "this is one hell of a band."

Recorded direct to 2-track on 10th and 11th September, 1997, at Sound On Sound Studios in New York City, Katewalk is named for the CD's first tune - an original by Del Gatto inspired by his wife, Kate and her unusual walk. There are four other Del Gatto originals and some classic standards (including Caravan, Autumn Nocturne and My One And Only Love) re-interpreted with taste and style. Ensuring the music was perfectly captured is another great saxophone player and Del Gatto pal, George Young, who acted as booth producer.

The result is a warm, vibrant swinging CD you'll dig listening to for a longtime." Rick Wald

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  1. 1 Katewalk 08:38 Info
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  2. 2 Caravan 07:00 Info
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  3. 3 Autumn Nocturne 07:12 Info
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  4. 4 Ain't Too Hip (To Hip Hop) 06:19 Info
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  5. 5 I Thought About You 05:25 Info
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  6. 6 Barbados Delight 05:45 Info
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  7. 7 Long Divorce Blues 06:16 Info
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  8. 8 And Friends 04:56 Info
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  9. 9 You Don't Know What Love Is 03:30 Info
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  10. 10 My One and Only Love 12:14 Info
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