Joe Diorio: Exquisite Guitar


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Joe Diorio is a jazz guitarist whose name may be unknown to you. I first came across Diorio on two Sonny Stitt albums from 1963—Move on Over and My Main Man. Diorio added so much taste on those dates that I began collecting his work. One of his finest solo guitar albums is To Jobim With Love (RAM) recorded in Milan in 1995. On the album, Diorio recorded a lead track and a track accompanying himself. It's an insanely tasteful album, as are all of his recordings. For an interview with Diorio, go here.

JazzWax tracks: I couldn't find To Jobim With Love at Amazon, but it appears to be at CD Universe here. Diorio has a bunch of albums still in print at Amazon and at iTunes.

JazzWax clips: Here's Diorio playing Desafinado...

Here's Diorio playing Corcovado...

Here's Move on Over with a terrific Diorio solo from 1963...

And here's Diorio on My Main Man from 1963, playing The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, with Stitt and Benny Green...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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