Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Three Optimists at the Old Mill

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Three Optimists at the Old Mill

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Gene DiNovi's Generations Trio

The Three Optimists at The Old Mill

Sackville SKCD2-2072

Gene DiNovi (p), Andrew Scott (g), Dave Young (b), Toronto, February 26, 2007.

A Cock-Eyed Optimist/ So In Love/ Let's Be Buddies/ Body And Soul/ All Through The Night/ Jump For Joy/ Once Upon A Time/ The Song Is You/ I Got Rhythm (introducing Anthropology, Shaw 'Nuff and Oleo). TT 66:48.

Gene DiNovi has been around a long time, with roots dating back to the 52nd Street of the mid-'40s. Making his recording debut in 1944 with Joe Marsala, he was, before the end of that decade, recording with the likes of Lester Young, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Buddy DeFranco. He later found more financial security working in the studios backing singers like Sylvia Syms, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Joannie Sommers, Carmen McRae and Mel Tormé, but emerged to play in the noted 1959 Benny Goodman mid-sized band that was a combination of the Red Norvo and Bill Harris/Flip Phillips bands of that period. Later settling in Toronto, he re-emerged into the jazz scene some 15 years ago with various trios, generally using bass and drums. …

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