Simpatico is the first recording in a decade for saxophonist Vic Cionetti. "My personal distinction, and the singular motivation for me to record, is that I only record and…
Simpatico is the first recording in a decade for saxophonist Vic Cionetti. "My personal distinction, and the singular motivation for me to record, is that I only record and perform the music that I write." says Cionetti. Over thirty musicians participated in the recording that the artist produced himself.
Moods on the album range from silky smooth ballads like "Song for my Parents" to upbeat Latin influenced tracks like "BossaNetti". The title cut includes vocalists in an upbeat Brazilian number which reminded me of some of the dance jazz on the Instinct label's series Bossa Brava! Many of the tracks also have keyboard colorings and synthesized strings that give the recording a very smooth jazz feel.
Simpatico features Vic Cionetti playing mostly on soprano saxophone. He has a nice tone and is a technically accomplished musician. His solos are played very close to the melodies in the manner of many smooth jazz artists. It would be nice to hear him stretch out a little and take some chances in improvisations in his performance. The most extended composition on the disc, "Mendoza", is something like Boney James playing the "Sketches of Spain".
Vic Cionetti is a well-known musician in his home base, Denver. He plays several regional jazz festivals and has composed music for television specials for the Denver Nuggets and Denver Broncos sports franchises. "If I can stimulate a positive feel good to the listener, then I feel great!" says Vic. His performance with the Denver Symphony did just that as 2500 plus in attendance gave him a standing ovation. Smooth jazz fans should find plenty to feel good about with Simpatico.