Unspoken Dialogue: Bobby Selvaggio
Bobby Selvaggio – alto & soprano sax
Kenny Werner – piano
Paul Tynan – trumpet & fluglehorn
Ben Street – bass
Matt Perko – drums
Jamey Haddad – drums & cahon
1. Forgotten Man
2. Follow the Leader
3. Like Tears in Rain
4. Jungle Animals
5. None Left Behind
6. Alone Together
7. Spy Movie
8. On the Outside
9. Today's a New Day
Playscape Recordings officially welcomes Cleveland-based saxophonist/composer Bobby Selvaggio to its roster with the release of Unspoken Dialogue, his fourth CD as a leader. Selvaggio, who like his fellow saxophonist and former teacher Joe Lovano is the son of a Cleveland jazz legend, put together a special ensemble to record this collection of eight original pieces plus an arrangement of Arthur Schwartz's classic, "Alone Together."
Top 10 of 2007 list
— Mark Corroto, allaboutjazz.com
...I prefer his alto sax work in which one can hear hints of the entire history of Jazz. A perfect example is on the lightly swinging "None Left Behind" where his alto suggests Eric Dolphy in those gutteral, intervallic leaps one monent then the next minute oozes out a line sweet enough to remind one of Benny Carter or Johnny Hodges. Recommended totally.
— Larry Hollis, Cadence
Is Selvaggio a better player, composer, or arranger? The answer to all three is yes, as this is a near-perfect recording.
— Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com
Fronting a capable and sensitive quintet, alto/soprano saxophonist Selvaggio bends the rules to his advantage...music that's thoughtful, slyly subversive, perhaps a wee bit delicate, but hardly conventional.
— John Ephland, Downbeat