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Denny Jiosa - Moving Pictures

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Evening Drive - 3.51
Per Mi Amore - 4.33
Cruising For Bruising - 4.26
Moving Pictures - 4.37
Greta Got A New Dress - 3.50
Miles To Monaco - 4.42
April'S Foolish Day - 4.22
All My Love - 3.54
I'Ll Take You There - 4.22
Aarau - 4.25
Friends - 3.43


1201 Music is delighted to welcome Denny Jiosa to its growing roster of gifted comtemporary artists. Composer, producer, actor and guitarist of surpassing skill, Jiosa has long been one of the premier studio musicians on the Nashville scene. Along the way, he has accumulated one of those resumes that make the rest of us seem like layabouts. As a guitarist, he has performed and toured with the likes of B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Bo Didley, Leon Russell and Glen Campbell. As a producer and recording engineer, he has contributed to chart-topping projects that have garnered 12 national awards since 1990, most notably CDs by gospel singer Yolanda Adams and keyboard player Ben Tankard, a charting NAC artist. As an actor, Jiosa has spent years mastering and refining his craft on regional stages, including a stint with the touring company of the Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. (Those acting chops, incidentally, help explain an electrifying stage presence. Jiosa has an uncanny ability to grab and hold an audience, with or without a guitar in his hand.) Jiosa grew up in Indiana and first picked up the guitar at the age of 11. A few years later, the young Hoosier was in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology after studying with internationally reknown Frank Gambale. Then came years of touring, composing, studio work and exposure to different musical genres — a time of paying his professional dues and developing his personal style. Moving Pictures is the result, a portrait of the artist at the height of his powers. Pictures is Jiosa’s first recording under his own name, and it bears his very personal stamp in every bar. He wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 tunes — the lone exception is a cover of “Cruising for Bruising” — and he co-produced and engineered the entire project, right down to the mixing. He also assembled a cast of accomplished Nashville cats to help him get it right. His old buddy Ben Tankard is present, and so is drummer Chester Thompson, who has worked with Frank Zappa and Phil Collins. Pianist Dave Hoffner has worked with Michael Martin Murphey, and world-class percussionist Eric Darken has worked with just about everybody. Jiosa, of course, plays all the guitars — acoustic and electric — and he brings an astonishing variety of tone and texture to his work, from the soft acoustic theme on “Evening Drive” to the sensitive, demanding solo on “Friends,” which brings the album to a gentle close. Listen, for example, to the powerful tone he draws from nylon strings on “Miles from Monaco.” (The nifty trumpet work is by Hollie Farris, a first-call studio musician in Nashville. He plays the theme using an open harmon mute in tribute to Guess Who, but he also plays an open chorus with a full, sweet tone that is very much his own.) On electric guitar, Jiosa shows the full range of his technique, now tossing off tasteful cascades of notes, now playing unison themes in octaves, tacitly acknowledging the debt that every guitarist owes to Wes Montgomery. As a composer, Jiosa is full of surprises. He can sigh, as he does in “Evening Drive” and “Moving Pictures,” for instance. (By the way, that’s Hoffner playing the tasteful keyboards and piano in the title cut.) He can swing (“Cruising for Bruising”). And he can play it for smiles. “Greta Got a New Dress” is a delightful fast waltz that strays impishly and unexpectedly into 5/4 time with marvelous results. It’s just the sort of multi-faceted mastery you would expect from a mature artist, and it makes Moving Pictures an auspicious debut. 1201 Music is delighted to welcome Denny Jiosa to its growing roster of gifted comtemporary artists. Composer, producer, actor and guitarist of surpassing skill, Jiosa has long been one of the premier studio musicians on the Nashville scene. Along the way, he has accumulated one of those resumes that make the rest of us seem like layabouts. As a guitarist, he has performed and toured with the likes of B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Bo Didley, Leon Russell and Glen Campbell. As a producer and recording engineer, he has contributed to chart-topping projects that have garnered 12 national awards since 1990, most notably CDs by gospel singer Yolanda Adams and keyboard player Ben Tankard, a charting NAC artist. As an actor, Jiosa has spent years mastering and refining his craft on regional stages, including a stint with the touring company of the Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. (Those acting chops, incidentally, help explain an electrifying stage presence. Jiosa has an uncanny ability to grab and hold an audience, with or without a guitar in his hand.) Jiosa grew up in Indiana and first picked up the guitar at the age of 11. A few years later, the young Hoosier was in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology after studying with internationally reknown Frank Gambale. Then came years of touring, composing, studio work and exposure to different musical genres — a time of paying his professional dues and developing his personal style. Moving Pictures is the result, a portrait of the artist at the height of his powers. Pictures is Jiosa’s first recording under his own name, and it bears his very personal stamp in every bar. He wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 tunes — the lone exception is a cover of “Cruising for Bruising” — and he co-produced and engineered the entire project, right down to the mixing. He also assembled a cast of accomplished Nashville cats to help him get it right. His old buddy Ben Tankard is present, and so is drummer Chester Thompson, who has worked with Frank Zappa and Phil Collins. Pianist Dave Hoffner has worked with Michael Martin Murphey, and world-class percussionist Eric Darken has worked with just about everybody. Jiosa, of course, plays all the guitars — acoustic and electric — and he brings an astonishing variety of tone and texture to his work, from the soft acoustic theme on “Evening Drive” to the sensitive, demanding solo on “Friends,” which brings the album to a gentle close. Listen, for example, to the powerful tone he draws from nylon strings on “Miles from Monaco.” (The nifty trumpet work is by Hollie Farris, a first-call studio musician in Nashville. He plays the theme using an open harmon mute in tribute to Guess Who, but he also plays an open chorus with a full, sweet tone that is very much his own.) On electric guitar, Jiosa shows the full range of his technique, now tossing off tasteful cascades of notes, now playing unison themes in octaves, tacitly acknowledging the debt that every guitarist owes to Wes Montgomery. As a composer, Jiosa is full of surprises. He can sigh, as he does in “Evening Drive” and “Moving Pictures,” for instance. (By the way, that’s Hoffner playing the tasteful keyboards and piano in the title cut.) He can swing (“Cruising for Bruising”). And he can play it for smiles. “Greta Got a New Dress” is a delightful fast waltz that strays impishly and unexpectedly into 5/4 time with marvelous results. It’s just the sort of multi-faceted mastery you would expect from a mature artist, and it makes Moving Pictures an auspicious debut.

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