Guitarist Tom Rizzo “Day and Night” Origin Records, 2017

Dear friends, viewers, navigator, musicians,

Click on the link and you’ll  be blessed with a naturally gifted guitarist. It’s his work ethic, dedication to his craft, and his musicianship that makes this album or any forthcoming album of him so special. I have been enjoying it since last week, and next SUNDAY June 4th, will introduce his sound and the sound of his band mates to my THE CUBAN BRIDGE  radio show audience at WWPV 92.5 FM “The Mike”.

Sundays 12 – 3 pm


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Guitarist Tom Rizzo

CD “Day and Night”

“…that exciting intersection of small combo creativity and big band momentum which characterizes “little-big band” performance.

Through the richly textured arrangements of longtime collaborator Nick Lane and a stellar ensemble of Los Angeles’ finest, veteran guitarist and composer Tom Rizzo creates a swinging and wide-ranging recording of interesting standards and provocative originals.

From the subtly loose groove of Ornette Coleman’s, “Law Years,” to the lush orchestration of Wayne Shorter’s “Infant Eyes,” or the buoyant swing of Cole Porter’s “So In Love,” Rizzo’s supple guitar lines provide a central voice to a wide array of sonic moods. Along with the quartet of Rizzo, drummer Steve Schaeffer, pianist Dennis Hamm and bassist David Hughes, is a 6-piece horn section featuring saxophonist Bob Sheppard, trumpeter Bob Summers and Nick Lane on trombone.

Track Listing:

1 School Days (Tom Rizzo) 7:27
2 House of the Rising Sun (Georgia Turner/Bert Martin) 6:29
3 So In Love (Cole Porter) 3;57
4 Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter) 3:45
5 Little Green Men (Peter Bernstein) 4:52
6 Without a Song (Vincent Youmans) 6:25
7 Lonesome Cowboy (Tom Rizzo) 5:02
8 Heart of LA (Tom Rizzo) 4:56
9 Law Years (Ornette Coleman) 5:15
10 Living for the City (Stevie Wonder) 5:11
11 Moon River/Matt and Kelly (Henry Mancini / Tom Rizzo) 4:22

Music by Tom Rizzo published by Emay Tee Tee Music, ASCAP
All arrangements by Nick Lane


Tom Rizzo – guitar
Dennis Hamm – piano
David Hughes – bass
Steve Schaeffer – drums

Nick Lane – trombone and arrangements
John Dickson – french horn
Bob Summers – trumpet
Bob Sheppard – tenor sax
Jeff Driskill – soprano sax
Doug Tornquist – tuba

Production Info:

Produced by Tom Rizzo
Executive Producer: Rick Simpson
Recorded by Rich Breen at Capitol Records, Hollywood, California
November 22-23, 2015
Mixed & mastered by Rich Breen at Rich Breen Studios
Photography by Torre Catalano
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Reviews of Day and Night

Midwest Record

By Chris Spector
An ace guitarist that can play with the shimmering lines of Joshua Breakstone or Pat Martino.

Rizzo  covers songs even though he can write interesting stuff and calls in first call hands to lend a hand because it’s obvious he cares. A solid, swinging date that sure to delight Jazz guitar fans, everything you could want in a smoking performance is delivered …


My comment

And I approve this message by Chris Spector

Toni Basanta

DJ Host of The Cuban Bridge on the radio and on television



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