is a brilliant young guitarist born in Akron, Ohio and now living and performing in L.A.. While Return To Avalon
cannot be placed in a definite genre, I feel quite comfortable filing a review with this respected jazz journal.
Musically, this album is a showcase for the compositions of the young guitarist himself. Lino penned nine of the eleven pieces. The remaining two tunes come from a rather unlikely pair, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
and country writer/bandleader Pee Wee King
. Mozart is represented by the lively Divertimento No. 1 In A Minor
while Pee Wee King’s You Belong To Me
is delivered in a jazz trio format. In a way, Lino and the group handle the classically tinged pieces with a reverent attack similar to the manner in which Jethro Tull
swung Bach Bourees
three decades ago. Salsa a la Mode
features Lino’s fine guitar work and some memorable flute passages by Richard Hardy. The guitarist’s own Separate Peace
is another highlight on this session. For those among the readership who are also unfamiliar with Lino’s guitar prowess, you might reflect on the recordings of Sergio Lara & Joe Reyes
in the 90s. In fact, I’ll file this CD immediately next to Lara & Reyes in my collection. Lino
is a remarkable new talent and well worth a listen.