Brian Soundy’s CD of the Month for December 2012
December 19, 2012
Sal La Rocca….. It Could Be The End
Sal La Rocca…Bass
Lorenz Di Maio…Guitar
Hans Von Oosterhout…Drums
Brian S. : Sal La Rocca is one of Belgium’s most well respected and sort after bassist. He says he owes his style to Paul Chambers and Ray Brown; not a bad thing, but listening to this CD Sal has a much edgier and varied palette set of chops plus some special composing skills.
With Sal on this CD is Pascal Mohy: Piano, Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Sax, Lorenzo Di Miao: Guitar and Hans Van Oosterhout: Drums.
I like Sal’s composing; it give the other musicians some great moments to work on and show what they can do without being over stated.
On the Igloo Label this is well deserved 5 star album http://www.igloorecords.be/artists/sal-la-rocca/
Brian Soundy (UK Jazz Radio & the Jazz Critic)
About Sal La Rocca
Sal La Rocca – Initially briefly interested in guitar rock, he discovered the jazz genre in the early 1980s. Sal traded the guitar for the bass and taught himself the jazz idiom, inspired by the model of Paul Chambers. La Rocca tirelessly built on his abilities as a musician, and it did not take long before he was noticed playing alongside Toots THIELEMANS, Philip CATHERINE, Steve GROSSMAN, Lee KONITZ, Dani KLEIN featuring Vaya Con Dios…
Sal (Salvatore) La Rocca has released three albums under his own name, such as LATINEA (Jan 2003). IT COULD BE THE END (Feb 2012), with : Lorenzo DI MAIO (guitar), Pascal MOHY (piano & Fender Rh.) and Hans van OOSTERHOUT (drums) featuring : Jacques SCHWARZ-BART (t. sax) on the IGLOO RECORDS label.
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