Mike Dilorenzo - Urbanized

Mike Dilorenzo - Urbanized

Cutting his chops in the New York City area, pianist/composer Mike Di Lorenzo takes a bite out of the big city music scene for his latest record and serves it to you Urbanized.  Fusing jazz, R&B and Latin elements his sound will appeal to Bob James or Roy Hargrove fans and with 11 of the 12 cuts as originals, there are plenty of memorable performances! 

City Vibe opens with style setting the stage for the entire project and keeping the urban vibe with Di Lorenzo (piano/keyboards) are Bob Malach (tenor sax), Vinnie Cutro (trumpet), Frank Valdes (percussion), Willy Dalton (guitar) and Karl Latham (drums).  Their instinctive ensemble style is outstanding and it continues on Loosey Goose, as well as the title track, Urbanized.  The pace quickens on West 47th where percussion (Valdes) finds the city cadence and the gritty tenor sax performance (Malach) takes it home.  Groovemaster is a funky piece and particularly impressive is the bridge where they’re jammin’ with some unbelievable improvisations!  Then topping out at over 6 minutes in length, Severance won’t cut your listening pleasure short.  Some very remarkable Rhodes and keyboard interpretations by Di Lorenzo are complemented beautifully by the trumpet and sax work of Cutro & Malach, while the riveting percussion (Valdes) and nylon string guitar (Dalton) lines add to the momentum of this track.  A very cool piece indeed!  Northern Samba then provides a wonderful escape and After Midnight, slows it down so you can picture the skyline as you breathe in Di Lorenzo’s expansive piano melody. 

Big ups to Mike Di Lorenzo!  Urbanized, is a phenomenal CD.  It’s edgy and sophisticated, yet totally approachable! 

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