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Vinnie Colaiuta [Original recording reissued]

Vinnie ColaiutaAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 18, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Stretch Records
  • ASIN: B000003OZJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable album July 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a straight jazz fan...I've always liked it mixed with the straight-ahead rock edge.
I'm not a drummer either, but I appreciate one that can mix it up and adapt to different styles.
I bought this cd because I had heard his work with Frank Zappa and figured he would present a better "jazz" album that the typical jazz musicians. Well, I was right...
The album opens with a funky, metallic, jazzy rocker called "I'm Tweeked" and then moves into hip-hop and world beats, through some straight jazz and then back into some rock-jazz tinged sounds. Vinnie's drumming is excellent and the song structure is strong enough to keep your attention.
This does not sound like a drummer's solo album...it's a very well put together jazz/rock experience that should be heard...and emulated by others!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very revealing work by a drumming genius June 21, 2001
By Drummer
Format:Audio CD
I love every inch of this recording; it's an incredibly eclectic mix of material, which is rare (and refreshing) in this day of pigeonholing and demographic market research. Vinnie plays some awesome stuff as always, but what's most impressive here is the range and maturity of his writing. "Darlene's Song" is a gorgeous ballad. "Momoska" has a really nice meditative quality to it. "Slink" shows off some very interesting melodic/harmonic twists and turns which the horn players seem to feed off of. Also, the programming and sound choices on some of the more "electronic" pieces, such as "I'm Tweaked", "Private Earthquake", and "Chauncey", were very impressive to me.
We all know the guy plays with unspeakable virtuosity on the drums which is amply displayed on countless other recordings (most or all of which I own!), and we get that here, but this offering reveals to the listener a new perspective: one as a leader/composer/producer as opposed to the more familiar drummer/sideman. He doesn't just throw together a band, play some cover tunes, put some blistering solos over the top and call himself an artist; instead, he digs deep and ultimately shows us what's inside his head musically.
The last thing I want to hear is another drummer-led recording wherein the concept of the compositions is little more than an excuse to get to the soloing. This recording has borne many repeated listenings because it keeps surprising me. Hey Vinnie, how 'bout another one? And remember: Play..........play good!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars vinnie holds back October 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've had this cd for years and still listen to it frequently. But I have to admit that i'm dissapointed whenever I listen to it. This is due to my selfish expectations of the record. Avid followers of Vinnie know that he can play absolutely anything on the drums. He can take the most complex odd timed stuff and make it groove like no one ever has. He has played some of the most off the wall, mindblowing drum tracks ever. On this record though, he holds back and concentrates more on crafting quality music. Maybe he felt (and rightly so) that he had nothing else to prove in terms of ability. But I was expecting him to break new ground on this record. It has its moments. He does a wonderful Tony Williams impression, and I have seen discussion groups on the I'm Tweaked groove, but overall his playing is a little restrained in my opinion. If you want to hear him go nuts, check out the Chick Corea Acoustic Band Live from the Blue Note Toyko import. He subs for Dave Weckl and plays stuff that simply cannot be described. You just have to hear it. Overall, Vinnie is a genius and my favorite drummer. His playing on Sting's Seven Days Is my favorite drum track off all time. Perhaps my expectations for his solo record were unreasonable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copacetic work by former Frank Zappa drummer August 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Vinnie Colaiuta's self-titled album was recommended to me by a friend who was a mutual Frank Zappa zealot - of course, that's where I heard Colaiuta's work originally. Upon first listen, I was quite apathetic to the majority of the album; however, my disinterest quickly subsided after subsequent listens. It's one of those albums that grows on you, like many of the late Frank Zappa's - whose influence is apparent on this album. Additionally, this album features an array of guest performers, including some of whom Vinnie Colaitua has played with before, including: Sting, Chick Corea, John Patitucci, Herbie Hancock et al. A well-constructed and highly recommended album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Updated review August 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
1/22/08: I've upgraded my rating to four stars and I'm posting this overdue update to my original review. I've started listening to this disk again on my long commute. It took me awhile but I get it now! Sorry Vinnie, this really is a great offering....thanks!

Vinnie is one of those musicians that you just have to see live to fully appreciate. He's truly one of a kind and an amazing improvisor, as well as having great chops and a "in the pocket" groove. In spite of this, I've been listening to this disc since it came out and I still don't understand it. With the awesome lineup of stellar players on this you'd expect some memorable stuff but it seems it's all about odd meters and odd samples here. Not enough grooves! I'm a music fan, not a mathematician. I love you Vinnie but this not the disc I would put on to showcase your abilities. Keep 'em coming though!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD From An Awesome Drummer
One of the best drummers of all time, Vinnie's compositions and playing on this CD are outstanding. It's a drummer led CD, but all the players here shine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ThrottleJockey
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Must Own for Drummers and anyone interested in Rhythm
I bought this CD waaay back when it was released and studied it intently as a drummer/musician. What I came away with was a new sense of how time can be applied to music. Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by Music Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Really Wild Stuff!
Vinnie has always been an inspiration to me, so I decided to buy his album. It was great! He has some really wacked out fusion! Buy this!! Read more
Published on July 20, 2010 by Kenneth Candelas
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Solo Album of Vinnie!
What can I say? Vinnie is a truly master of drums and great drummer of all time. You can hear his skill, technique and musicality in this GREAT album. Nice job Vince! Read more
Published on June 11, 2009 by Josafat Wiranto
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinnie oh Vinnie!
I had originally purchased this CD in 1995 and had lost it so I bought a new one. After listening to it again, I have to say that either my tastes have matured or Vinnie was a bit... Read more
Published on January 12, 2008 by Chuck14203
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the greatest all around drummer demonstrated on this...
Vinnie Colaiuta, there are not words that can describe this man and his work on this project. To really understand how good he is, you have to be a musician and understand music. Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by D. Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars One of 8th wonders of the world
Published on August 29, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Simply put, I have respect for the man. Why? Because he did something totally different than anyone was expecting. Read more
Published on November 15, 2005 by Jazz R
3.0 out of 5 stars njaeh
This is an album for Vinnie fans. They will probably not be disappointed, why so, I will describe further down. Read more
Published on October 14, 2002 by elias me
2.0 out of 5 stars hum
First of all. What's up with all these fanatics who can't bear to hear any negative critisism of their hero without going ballistic? Read more
Published on October 11, 2002 by elias me
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