Getting To Know The Dan Arcamone Trio
Dan Arcamone’s unique approach to the guitar, and writing, is founded in traditional jazz while exploring and incorporating other forms of music. Dan leads his own trio, which performs his original, modern jazz compositions. While his playing is often aggressive, a strong melodic concept is always present.
The Dan Arcamone Trio was awarded “Best Jazz Band” by the Fairfield County Weekly’s Grand Band Slam Reader’s Poll in 2005 and 2007. Members of The Dan Arcamone Trio include:
Dan Arcamone – Guitar
Rich Zurkowski – Bass
Tom Ash – Drums
In addition to fronting his own group, Dan is also commonly seen as a sideman with various groups, most notably The Damon Grant Project. Dan has performed at the Berkshire Jazz Festival, the Norwalk Jazz Festival, the Norwalk Oyster Festival, and the New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival.
Dan’s guitar playing and writing can be heard extensively on his 2008 release, Trioisms and The Damon Grant Project’s “Sonidos Nuevos”. Just Jazz Guitar called the trio “swinging, soulful and full of energy” while calling Arcamone both a “gifted composer” and “gifted guitarist” with a “relaxed yet flawless style.”
“There have been some exceptional trios fronted by jazz guitarists which
have eluded the radar of even diehard jazz fans — Bill Connors’ fusion
trio on Pathfinder Records in the 1980s, Pat Metheny’s trio of 1999/2000
and more recently, Tim Miller (see Minor 7th’s review of Tim Miller’s “Trio”).
The trio format may be rare because it requires a truly inventive and
virtuosic guitarist to successfully transform the energy of just three
individuals into something much larger… all while grabbing the public’s
notoriously brief attention. Dan Arcamone is such a guitarist, and who on
his debut CD “Trioisms” enlists Rich Zurkowski on bass and Tom Ash on
drums to create a wonderful independent release which, in a perfect world,
would be worthy of major label interest. Arcamone achieves a warm tone
between that of acoustic and electric by miking his PRS hollowbody, and in
the process pays sonic homage to Pat Martino and Pat Metheny, two
influences from whom he’s borrowed this distinctive timbre. It’s difficult to
categorize Arcamone’s music into subgenres, but some tracks (“Reptomin,”
“Tracings,” “(Re)kindled,” “So Long and Goodnight”) might be most easily
labeled fusion, others (“Wish You Were Here,” “Bambolina,” “Jane Doe,”
“Smile”) simply modern jazz in the tradition of Metheny, Mike Stern or
Kurt Rosenwinkel. “Trioisms” is a tour-de-force in jazz guitar composition
and performance, and will hopefully provide a springboard for Dan Arcamone
into a deserved musical future that will defy the fate of a handful of artists
that went before, and who bet everything on a trio.”
- Alan Fark (Minor7th.com)
“Trioisms presents Dan Arcamone, Rich Zurkowski and Tom Ash on guitar, bass
and drums respectively. The trio is modern, swinging, soulful and full of energy.
Arcamone presents himself as both a gifted composer and as a gifted guitarist.
As a player Arcamone negotiates even the most complex harmony with a relaxed
yet flawless style. He employs some pretty interesting lines and seamlessly
blends those with chords throughout. One wonders if he ever misses a note,
as Dan’s lines seem to flow effortlessly. As a trio, it is difficult to describe how
“in the pocket” the band is, but Zurkowski and Ash are the perfect rhythm
section, blending groove, chops and sensitivity. The 13 pieces are all originals
by Arcamone. All are complete compositions with impressive harmonic structure
and a clear melodic sense. Groove also plays a large part with each tune as well.
With Triosisms, Dan Arcamone and co. demonstrate that they have all the right
stuff: sound, chops, arrangement and groove. Trioisms is worth a listen.”
- Eric Elias (JustJazzGuitar.com)
For more information about Dan and his trio, please visit the official site.