GROOVIN ’IN ROME is so good that I wouldn’t be surprised to see more new recordings from this wonderful musician.

Fresh Sound Records

Pat Senatore – Bass; Dado Moroni – Piano; Roberto Gatto – Drums

There is a gorgeous new trio album out on Fresh Sound Records called GROOVIN ’IN ROME. It’s led by bass player, Pat Senatore. Senatore has two other recordings on Fresh Sound, ASCENSIONE from 2012 and INSPIRATIONS from 2015.

Senatore grew up in New Jersey but moved to Los Angeles in the sixties because he hated the cold weather. He played bass with the Stan Kenton band and recorded three albums with him. He played with Les Brown’s band for a while. He toured with Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass for five years. He was part of the VIP Trio with Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins. They recorded two albums, both released on Fresh Sound.

In 1978 He opened the jazz club Pasquale’s in Malibu, California, along with his wife Barbara. Everyone from Joe Henderson, Jon Hendricks, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Pass, and many other jazz greats played there. Senatore said he was in heaven because he got to play bass with everyone who played the club. Pasquale is Senatore’s given name. His club was a special place. I remember the glass walls overlooking the beach. The doors were usually open so you could feel the ocean breeze. On a couple of visits to Los Angeles, I got to see Art Pepper, George Cables, and Joe Farrell at Pasquale’s.

In 2017 Pat and Barbara moved to Rome. Jordi Pujol, owner of Fresh Sound, asked Senatore if he would be interested in recording with two of the best jazz artists in Italy. The result is GROOVIN ’IN ROME with Dado Moroni on piano and Roberto Gatto on drums. The music is fantastic. Senatore said, “These two great masters made me feel like this was the best recording of my career.”

Most of the songs are from the Great American Songbook. I usually shy away from albums filled with standards but the trio’s boundless enthusiasm breathes new life into them.

Moroni’s piano on ‘Like Someone In Love ’is elegant. His improvisations are beautiful and easy flowing. He adds playful triplets, he plays behind the beat, giving just the right amount of tension. Gatto’s drums are lively, bold, and even a bit cheeky. Senatore’s bass has a captivating tone and a strong sense of rhythm and groove.

Miles Davis’s ‘Pfrancing ’is a marvelous tune built on the F blues scale. Red Garland played it first. Wynton Kelly played it on Mile’s SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME album. Dado Moroni’s version is just as good as the earlier jazz masters.

Pat Senatori is 88. He could rest on his laurels and retire. GROOVIN ’IN ROME is so good that I wouldn’t be surprised to see more new recordings from this wonderful musician.