Through the richly textured arrangements of longtime collaborator Nick Lane and a stellar new ensemble of some of LA's finest, veteran guitarist and composer Tom Rizzo creates a swinging and wide-ranging new recording of interesting standards and provocative originals. The topflight band, including Joe La Barbera, Bob Sheppard & Bob Summers, digs deep on the swinging original opener B-Like
, paints a lush landscape on the gorgeous J.J. Johnson classic Lament
, and roasts on the dynamic arrangement of Sonny Rollins' Oleo
. By supplementing the Birth of the Cool
instrumentation on Imaginary Numbers
with his sleek guitar work, Rizzo adds a twist to that classic ensemble sound and contributes a worthy modern gem to Los Angeles' recorded jazz heritage.