Tony Dagradi

Dreams of Love

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Tenor and soprano saxophonist Tony Dagradi has the skills; his solos, lines, and tone throughout the seven tracks on his CD were first-rate. Likewise, the supporting players were solid pros, notably pianist David Torkanowsky, as well as bassist James Singleton, drummer Johnny Vidacovich, and guitarist Steve Masakowski. But like far too many modern jazz albums, the band didn't make the leap from competence to inspiration. The songs lacked fireworks or hooks, and all you got were effective presentations of skilled arrangements and solos. No song had any of the qualities necessary to ensure the desire to hear it again.

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