Dave Costa

Impassioned

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The name of this CD is a bit ironic, for guitarist Dave Costa has a quiet sound and a somewhat laid-back and relaxed style, even on the more uptempo material. A fine boppish guitarist in the tradition of Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis, Costa (who is based in New England) interacts closely with bassist Frank Passantino and drummer Curt Moore on eight standards, an obscurity, and three of his originals. The music is lightly swinging, with most of the passion and fire being just beneath the surface. The subtle playing is well worth hearing.

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