MASTER STORYTELLER DOMINICK FARINACCI
SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON EONE MUSIC
– DAWN OF GOODBYE AVAILABLE JULY 26 –
When does a song become a timeless standard? Perhaps the precious few compositions that achieve this exalted status do so through melodies that insinuate themselves into a permanent place in a listener’s ear, and through lyrics that seem personal and intimate to individual after individual, generation after generation.
Of course, no story is complete without a master storyteller, and 28-year-old trumpet player Dominick Farinacci weaves a compellingly fresh but familiar tale on his second U.S. release, Dawn of Goodbye. Mostly comprised of familiar standards alongside equally heartfelt originals, the album tells a story of love lost and found (and lost again) through classics whose meanings are as recognizable today as when they were written.
“I wanted to put together material that told a story through the lyrics,” Farinacci says. “These songs reflect the bittersweet ironies of love. They all have beautiful melodies and a timeless quality because the stories they tell are stories that we can all relate to.”
“Timeless” is a word that comes easily to mind when listening to Farinacci’s playing. Accompanied by his working band and a few invited guests, he wields his horn with a precise economy, always serving the emotion of the song with elegant spontaneity. His style bears the traces of his passion for vocalists; he cites names like Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Dianne Reeves and Tony Bennett as influences on both his playing and his choice of repertoire.
In tracing this narrative, Farinacci pinpoints a common trait of love and jazz: “When I hear a great jazz performance,” he explains, “it feels inevitable and eternal – each musical dialogue combines to create a magical energy that wouldn’t be the same if even one element was different. But then the moment passes and can never be recreated in the same way again. With love, the feelings that are shared between two people at moments are so perfect, and time seems to stand still. And it’s that connection that is special and unique to both the person and timing of it all.”
The title Dawn of Goodbye reflects on the inevitable end that comes to all relationships, be it through a bitter break-up or the loss of a loved one after a lifetime together. “If there was no end to a relationship, I think we wouldn’t love each other as much,” Farinacci says. “Whether it lasts one night, one month or many years, the fact that it won’t last forever reminds us to try to appreciate each and every moment along the way.”
He wrote the title song not based on any romantic entanglement but by imagining a young child reminiscing about a family member who has passed away. “As a child, love for our parents and grandparents is much more innocent than the love we develop as we grow older. At that age we think they will live forever. In writing this song, I thought back to how I felt when my grandpa passed away when I was a kid, and how I feel now reflecting on it as an adult. The beautiful part is that as time passes I develop an even deeper love and appreciation for him even though he’s not here, and I tried to put this full range of emotion into the composition.
Coming at the end of the album, “Dawn of Goodbye” also serves as a summation of the emotional roller coaster that has preceded it, which Farinacci assembled to tell a very specific story. The tale begins with an ending, as “You Don’t Know What Love Is” finds our narrator devastated by the break-up of a love affair. On the rebound, he finds temporary solace with a woman in the same situation, recounted in Cole Porter’s “It’s Alright With Me.” What often follows is often a temporary and euphoric kind of new love, as depicted in “I Concentrate on You.”
“At a certain point during our live performances we play a slow blues,” says Farinacci. “It’s a great musical storytelling form that communicates to all audiences, and is the underlying element of the kind of music we play.” His original, “Dom’s Blues,” serves that purpose here as well as drawing the fleeting satisfactions of this short-term love affair to a close.
The cycle repeats itself again, albeit in a more romantic vein, beginning with Farinacci’s Astor Piazzolla-inspired “Midnight Embrace,” followed by the rise and fall of “Lover Man” and “Willow Weep For Me.” The saga concludes on the hopeful note of pianist Dan Kaufman’s “Windshadow.”
Farinacci did not discover jazz until well after he first picked up the trumpet at age 12. Joining the school band in his native Cleveland, he accepted the horn as a substitute for his preferred instrument, drums. “When I started taking private lessons my teacher gave me a recording of Louis Armstrong and something just hit me right away,” he recalls. “Before that I didn’t listen to jazz at all – so looking back, that instant powerful connection I felt without knowing what I was listening to is part of what makes jazz so great to me. As artists we have a responsibility to communicate to our audience, and if it’s done in the right way and at the highest level, it can reach people in all walks of life… even a 12-year-old from a suburb of Cleveland who was previously listening to Vanilla Ice,” Farinacci laughs, recalling his own story.
He calls his early years gigging around Cleveland “the typical generic story of the young jazz musician,” but there was obviously nothing generic about his sound. In his senior year of high school, Wynton Marsalis heard him and invited him to perform as part of a “Live From Lincoln Center” television broadcast. He also became a member of the inaugural class of the Juilliard School’s Jazz Studies Program at Marsalis’ recommendation.
While still in school, he recorded seven CDs for release in Japan and received several honors, including first prize in the Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition and Swing Journal’s International New Star Award, previous recipients of which include Diana Krall and Christian McBride. He made his stateside recording debut in 2009 with Lovers, Tales & Dances, an all-star date featuring greats like Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Lewis Nash and Joe Locke.
In addition to touring, Farinacci has created a new educational program for Cleveland’s Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and the Center for Creative Arts. It focuses on engaging rising jazz musicians of his generation in recurring residencies to work with students of all ages around the region. “The connection that we have at our age to the younger generation is very special,” Farinacci says, “and I really want to make the most of that and help expose kids to jazz from a young age. Jazz is filled with so much creativity, spontaneity and freedom, and there are many wonderful musicians in my generation who I think can communicate this music to them in a unique way.”
Dominick Farinacci · Dawn of Goodbye
CD Release Performance @ Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Monday, July 25 · Sets at 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Dominick Farinacci – trumpet, flugelhorn
Dan Kaufman – piano
Yasushi Nakamura – bass
Lawrence Leather – drums
Keita Ogawa – percussion
Special Guests on the performances include:
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023
Dominick Farinacci · Dawn of Goodbye
eOne Music · Release Date: July 26, 2011
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Posted on July 29, 2011