Sergio Caputo - That Kind Of Thing

Sergio Caputo born in Rome, Italy already played with such illuminates like Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tony Scott, Mel Collins (King Crimson), Tony Bowers (Simply Red), Enrico Rava and Danilo Rea. The range of influences extends from Jazz to Pop. Sergio Caputo relocated to California where he has written and produced  "That Kind of Thing". He describes his new project as "Cool" and "West Coast Jazz", that means smooth jazz with a Latin flair.

The album starts with Everything I do. Sergio is performing an elegant guitar play. The arrangement is uncomplicated and pleasing. Charles McNeal is accompanying Sergio on sax. Charles McNeal, an  alto, tenor, soprano saxophonist is living in Oakland CA. He played with John Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Leslie Drayton, McCoy Tyner, Ray Obiedo, Dave Garabaldi, RAD, Brenda Boykin, Claire Dee, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Barbara Morrison, Barbara Dennerlein, Jr. Mance, Bruce Forman, Mark Elf, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Ollie Woodson, Norman Conners, Jean Carne, Curtis Olson, Peter Horvath, Jaz Sawyer, Boz Scaggs...."

Guess I Miss You Again reminds a bit at a song of Tom Jones. Are you sharing my impressions? Sergio is playing on all songs guitars, keyboards, bass (except Intimacy and  Jazzy Girl) and programming. On this tune his easy guitar play is underlayered by a smooth samba rhythm.

Intimacy is featuring trumpist Enrico Rava, the godfather of Italian jazz. Rava played in his life all styles of jazz from free jazz, bebop to contemporary. His muted trumpet is impressing.

Serenata Roja is a fantastic excursion into Spanish music that kind of style predestinated for a guitar like Sergio's one. Charles McNeal is supporting Sergio masterly on his flute.

Like A Shooting Star is a Latin-flavored guitar tune with a big pack of percussion. This uptempo tune is showcasing Mike Olmes on muted trumpet.

Waiting For Your Love also featuring trumpet player Mike Olmes has a hooking melody. I would like that tune in first row. Rob Sudduth's solos on sax are absolutely professional. Rob Sudduth is regularly playing with "Huey Lewis and the News". Rob has written many of the horn arrangements the News Brothers use in concert as well as "So Little Kindness" and some of the songs the band is trying out in concert. Rob jammed for about five years with Chris Hayes before joining the band on tour. Rob has also played with Joe Louis Walker, Commander Cody, and Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums.

My Lost Venues is a further opportunity for Rob Sudduth to showcase his first class. Sergio is so graceful to let Rob play the lead instrument and to support him with some guitar riffs which is uplifting this song.

In The Madness Of My Dreams is a nice interplay between Sergio's guitar and Mike Olmes' trumpet. The bossa rhythm could tolerate some variations.

I Used To Be So Cool is featuring  Marty Wehner on trombone. He is a Berklee College of Music alumnus whose resume is impeccable. The trombonist is a sought after player who has played with some very big names in the music industry and is pursued regularly for live performance gigs as well as studio work. He has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Tony Toni Tone, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Weir and Rat Dog, the Joe Henderson Big Band, Natalie Cole, Lavay Smith, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Dave Ellis and more. He played on Carlos Santana's song “The Game of Love” w/ Michele Branch which won a Grammy.

Jazzy Girl is presenting anew Enrico Riva on muted trumpet in his own way.

What is that kind of thing? It's Sergio's idea to release not a guitar album but a platform for some of the most professional players. Something that makes it worth to review this unique album.





  • Title: That Kind Of Thing
    Artist: Sergio Caputo
    Year: 2004
    Length: 0:44:35
    Genre: Cool/West Coast Jazz
    Label: Idiosyncrasy Music

    01 Everything I Do [4:57]
    02 Guess I Miss You Again [4:09]
    03 Intimacy [4:20]
    04 Serenata Roja [4:07]
    05 Like A Shooting Star [3:49]
    06 Waiting For Your Love [5:45]
    07 My Lost Venus [3:29]
    08 In The Madness Of My Dreams [4:57]
    09 I Used To Be So Cool [4:11]
    10 Jazzy Girl [4:51]