Dom Minasi has been playing guitar for over 50 years. He became a professional musician playing jazz when he was 15 years old. In 1962 he started teaching and working as a full–time musician.
In 1974, he was signed to Blue Note Records. After two albums he left the recording business and did not record again as a leader till 1999 for CIMP records. Between those years he made his living composing, authoring three books on harmony and improvisation, teaching and arranging. During the late seventies he did have an opportunity to work and perform with a whole slew of jazz giants including Arnie Lawrence, George Coleman, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath and Dave Brubeck.
Remembering Cecil by Dom Minasi, Bandcamp, 2021 on #neuguitars #blog
For the last 30 years Cecil Taylor has been an idol of mine. His playing inspired me to keep on searching and to reach for the stars.This album is a culmination of my 30 years of free-form playing. To some free-form means atonal, but it’s not. It is culmination of notes that can be beautiful or (to some ) ugly. But it is free, meaning not in time, no time signature. Just as Sigmund Freud used free association, that’s what free players do. It is easier to listen to a solo artist than it is to a quartet. If it is a good quartet, each musician would listen to each other and play off of their compatriots . If they don’t listen, then it sounds like a mish-mash of nothing. Is it avant-garde? Sometimes, but free playing has been going on throughout the centuries. Is it accepted in today’s society of pop induced music? Not all the time. There is a limited audience for this music.
Cecil Taylor, who was raised in Queens NY, and ended up at the New England Conservatory of music where he studied classical composition, was heavily influenced by the music of Bartok and
released January 27, 2021
Dom Minasi – guitar
All music by Dom Minasi, Dom Minasi Pub. ASCAP
Recorded and mixed by Mary Dunayer at Musecat Studio, New York
Cover photo by Valeria Marchese
Design by Qua’s Eye Graphics
Produced by Jack DeSalvo