GAETANO LETIZIA

Fusion / Blues / RnB / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Hard Bop • United States
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Gaetano Letizia – Guitarist, Song Writer, Vocalist Gaetano, also known as Tom, was born in Cleveland in 1951. He began performing his own blues shows at the age of 16. One of his first stage appearances was with the James Gang, sitting in for Joe Walsh at his Alma Mater, Kent State in 1970. Since then, he’s performed all over the U.S. along with Europe and Asia.

Early performances with June Core of Robert Jr. Lockwood’s band, gave Gaetano a strong blues foundation based on B.B. King, Albert King, Muddy Waters and all the great blues patriarchs.

Producer of ten blues and jazz guitar CD’s, Gaetano has received stellar reviews in Downbeat, Guitar Player and many national/international publication and his music has been played on radio stations in every state as well as most foreign countries.

The Underworld Band is Gaetano’s blues trio formed in
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GAETANO LETIZIA Chuckhole Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chuckhole Blues
Fusion 1987
GAETANO LETIZIA Gaetano's Groove album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gaetano's Groove
Fusion 1994
GAETANO LETIZIA All My Brothers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All My Brothers
Fusion 2004
GAETANO LETIZIA Dreamclipse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dreamclipse
Hard Bop 2004
GAETANO LETIZIA Christmas Jazz Jam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Christmas Jazz Jam
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2009
GAETANO LETIZIA Voodoo Doll album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Voodoo Doll
Blues 2014
GAETANO LETIZIA Froggy & The Toads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Froggy & The Toads
Fusion 2015
GAETANO LETIZIA Resurrection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Resurrection
Blues 2016
GAETANO LETIZIA Beatles Blues Blast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beatles Blues Blast
RnB 2018
GAETANO LETIZIA Chartreuse album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Chartreuse
Fusion 2021

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GAETANO LETIZIA Chartreuse

Album · 2021 · Fusion
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Next up in the ongoing series on jazz musicians who should be better known is guitarist Gaetano Letizia, or Tom as his friends and musical cohorts know him. Letizia is an excellent guitarist who combines jazz, funk, reggae, RnB, blues and Latin jazz in his playing. He sites Wes Montgomery as an influence, as well as two famous cats he’s had lessons with, George Benson and Pat Martino. You can hear all that in his playing, plus bluesy boppers like Joe Pass and Barney Kessel, as well as modern funkateer, John Scofield. Tom has performed with top name artists and has released albums regularly over the years, but perhaps he is not better known because he works out of Cleveland and performs a lot in the mid-west. Not only is Leticia a guitarist, but also a composer who has studied advanced composition techniques under Joseph Schillinger. Tom’s latest album, “Chartreuse” is a suite of sorts that covers eclectic music genres including hard bop, RnB, Latin jazz, impressionistic ballads and more. Joining Letizia on this album is a great quartet, with honorable mention going to saxophonist Bob Esterle, whose hard RnB tone can recall Maceo Parker and Bennie Maupin, while his solos carry a bebop flow complete with occasional Charlie Parker quotes. Another interesting band member is keyboardist Theron Brown, who was chosen to play the young Herbie Hancock in the recent movie about Miles Davis.

As mentioned earlier, this is a very eclectic album covering many musical genres. Some top cuts include the energetic hard bop groove of “Back and Blue”, and the very funky “Punch Drunk”. Letizia puts his composition chops to work on the ballads, “Paradise Found” and “Wandering”. On these two we hear interesting chord progressions that defy cliché and expectations. Two Latin numbers sans saxophone and a couple more RnB cuts round out the album. The playing on here is loose and relaxed and it sounds very much like a one take live album. I suppose maybe it was live in the studio. Recommended for fans of music that strikes a middle ground between jazz and RnB.

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