Tino D'Agostino - PerformerLifelong instrumentalist

May 2005 - "JazzTimes Magazine"

Guitarist Mike Stern lends his scorching licks on this fine self produced outing by the Italian born, Berklee trained Rhythm tandem of drummer Sergio Bellotti and bassist Tino D'Agostino. Bellotti is a hard hitter in the tradition of Dennis Chambers,as he so forcefully demonstrates on the opening track,D'Agostino's "Son Finite Le Vergini.' Full of challenging unison lines and demanding stop-time statements,this one harkens back to early Brecker Brothers and is fueled by D'Agostino's slippery,Jaco-like funk groove. After a lengthy Michael Brecker-influenced tenor solo by Bill Vint,Stern wails heroically like a bop inspired by Carlos Santana.He also rips it up in characteristic fashion on Vint's "Better Left Unsaid" and on guitarist Jim Kelly's funk vehicle "Mr. Stern." Kelly,a guitar professor at Berklee,lays out some slick,clean toned fingerstyle work on his earthy "Blue Caboose",then applies a warm over-driven tone for a flowing effect on his "Six for Costas.' D'Agostino's playing throughout is brilliant.Like Gary Willis,Jeff Andrews and John Patitucci, he has adopted some of Pastorius patented tricks while taking it a step further. On a lovely trio redention with pianist Greg Burk of "Someday my Prince Will Come" and on the soothing samba"Estate," D'agostino makes his most personal musical statements. Highly recommended to fans of Stern,Vital Information,Steps Ahead,Brecker Brothers and Yellowjackets.



Tino has also been recognized at the Pirandello Lyceum 2013 Honor Awards with the I Migliori Award


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Partial Discography:
-Spajazzy, with Mike Stern and Jim Kelly
-Spajazzy Live at the 55, New York, with Steve Hunt and Bill Vint
-Spajazzy Unplugged
-1-11, Sergio Bellotti
-Napoli prima e dopo, Public Italian Television
Here is a list of some of the artists Tino has recorded or performed:
-Mike Stern
-Jim Kelly
-Steve Hunt (Alan Holsworth)
-Umbria Jazz Quintet
-Andrea Bocelli
-Danilo Rea
-Ken Zambello
-Dario Deidda
-Bruce Gertz
-Mark Greel
-Hal Crook
-Vicenza Symphony Orchestra
-Verdi Symphony
-Willy Frank Orchestra
-RAI, Italian International TV Orchestra