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TONY SENATORE

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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I was in Manhattan on May 7th, 1962. My early childhood was spent in the Bronx, but my "Bronx Tale" ended when my family relocated to New Jersey in 1968. My father was a professional musician, and was touring the world with Tito Puente in the late 60`s to early 70`s.

My formal introduction to music was at age 5, when my father started teaching me the Trumpet, and music theory basics. It was at age five that I discovered that I had "perfect pitch", which has been a valued asset in my career. I continued my Trumpet studies until I was 16, when I fell in love with the bass guitar. I played first Trumpet in my school Concert Band, and Bass in the Jazz Band.

I started studying the Bass Guitar in 1977 with a local teacher by the name of Al Faraldi. He was a Jazz Guitarist that also played Classical Guitar. He taught fundamentals, not trickery or gimmicks. Reading, Bach Inventions, Partitas, and Cello suites, and all five Carol Kaye books were the core of his teaching, and are the core of MY teaching.

After 3 years of studying with Mr. Faraldi, I decided to get out into the real world and get some experience. I have made my entire living from music since 1980. I have done sessions at all the major New York studios, many of them under the direction of top engineer Jason Corsaro, who has produced and engineered for everyone from Soundgarden to Motorhead.

I have been featured in Mike Varney`s Spotlight column in Guitar Player Magazine in July 1987. I recorded for Mr. Varney as a sideman on the 1991 Shrapnel Release entitled Midnight Drive, by virtuoso guitarist Stephen Ross, with special guests Joe Nevolo on Drums(Greg Howe, Mahogany Rush)and Jens Johanssen(Yngwie Malmsteen, Ronnie James Dio) on Keyboards. Other publications that I have appeared in include Down Beat Magazine, and an article by Jay Lustig for the Aquarian.

Since 1993, I have been the bassist at Visionary Sound Studios. At Visionary, under the direction of producer/engineer Tom Gioia, i have been involved with a great deal of projects, including music for numerous soap operas, such as; Guiding Light (CBS), Another World (NBC), As the World Turns (CBS), and One Life to Live (ABC). I am glad to be a part of Visionary, and highly recommend them for all aspects of recording. You can find out more about Studio owner Tom Gioia and Visionary Sound Studios at www.visionarymusicgroup.com.

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4.49 | 3 ratings
Holyland
2005

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 Holyland by SENATORE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.49 | 3 ratings

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Tony Senatore Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Tony Senatore is one of those unknown american bass players that when your hear his album then instantly you'll like it. Even he has a lot of years behind as musician, he came only with one album under his name in 2005 named Holyland. The pieces goes from mellow side of jazz fusion to more up tempo with horns and all the ingredients needs such music. Also here are some covers from Beatles, Zappa that in this context are excellent made. He is taken influences in his playing from the masters like Pastorius, Coltrane, etc. Pieces like A Black Place, Lord Of The Subtones and the cover version of Zappa are pure pleasure to listen, a combination of jazz rock with fusion elements. A very underated musician IMO, that needs a far better exposure world wide, he is one of the bassist that use the instrument in an elegant manner with plenty of great and intresting chops. 4 stars.

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 Holyland by SENATORE, TONY album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.49 | 3 ratings

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Tony Senatore Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Muzikman
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5 stars I have enjoyed listening to this album so much that I would rather continue the listening process than to write about it. I know it does not sound like something a journalist would say, but there you have it; listening is much more enjoyable than writing, especially when it is this absorbing. "Holyland" is a jazz rock fusion instrumental masterpiece (with the exception of "It Was Love"), and Tony SENATORE proves to be one of the more adept and innovative bass players on the planet during the course of the 12 tracks offered up on this fusion delicatessen. He walks on musical "Holyland" and considers this the ultimate tribute to his heroes.

What I found most compelling was how brilliant the production elements were. While the focus is the bass playing of SENATORE, he arranges and plays each composition in way that every contributor has their moment in the sun, and frequently. SENATORE conveyed to me that during this process of the recording, he was experiencing a lot of emotional pain in his personal life and everyone involved knew it and tapped into it, using it to translate the power of the emotions into sheer musical beauty and brilliance.

This album comes from a place in the heart for SENATORE, he walks in the spirit of great players such as Pastorious, Coltrane, Ray Brown, John Entwistle, and Hendrix, the list is a literal cavalcade of legends. He believes as I do, that much of the music pumped out today is comparable to the junk food consumed by the ton in grocery stores; it is faceless, empty, and with no spirit or depth. This music is the polar opposite of those unappealing qualities. It has everything the true lover of music would appreciate-complexities, some familiar riffs here and there, strong rhythm, incredible percussion, and of course, some of the most fantastic bass playing you will ever hear.

Every track is a new and different journey than the last. The ultimate masterpiece of the album is "Shapla" which is an all-instrumental BEATLES medley. To use a phrase popularized by people that took acid in the summer of love, it will blow your mind. I have only touched the tip of the iceberg in this review; you have to listen for yourself to understand the importance and meaning of this album. I absolutely love anything progressive and jazz rock fusion is some of the most interesting music available today. Do not miss this album, it will be one of your top ten spins for 2005, you can count on it.

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