Tofani has played on more that 600 albums with a "whos-who" of the music industry including Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, Steely Dan and John Lennon. Along with his recording work, Tofani can also be heard on a number of major motion picture soundtracks including "You've Got Mail," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Beauty and the Beast" and the "Mambo Kings."
An American Garden is Tofani's 2nd solo effort, the first being his Grammy nominated Manhattan Carnival. In Tofani's own words"...Despite how much I have always enjoyed session work and performing with major artists there comes a point in a musicians life when you have to find your own solo voice."
Tofani has found his voice on American Garden. The music on this CD is rich and melodic with Tofani playing five reed instruments (tenor, alto and soprano saxophones and clarinet and flute.) In fact on the last cut, Liberte he performs all ten woodwind parts. American Garden also features a variety of size of ensembles from a jazz quintet,to a string orchestra all the way up to a big band.
While you can not necessarily classify American Garden as jazz music in the strict sense, as long as you enjoy large orchestrated pieces you will undoubtedly enjoy American Garden.
Of particular note on this CD is New York Night which is a slow intimate piece indeed evoking the feeling of New York at night. Listening to this cut immediately paints pictures SOHO or Tribeca on a hot summer night. Also check out Elizabeths Journey a ballad for solo alto sax, string orchestra and rhythm section dedicated to Tofani's daughter and her positive journey through life.
Tofani is rock solid on the CD and is backed up by an excellent group of musicians. Check out American Garden I recommended it and I am sure that you will enjoy it.