Rainbow Gravity
Release Date: August 1, 2018
Label: Planet Arts Records

After taking part in nearly a thousand recordings, producer, bassist, engineer and composer Scott Petito shines on his second endeavor as a leader, Rainbow Gravity. Rainbow Gravity brings together a true melting pot of world class musicians including saxophonist Bob Mintzer, trumpeter Chris Pasin, guitarist David Spinozza, keyboardists Rachel ZDavid Sancious andWarren Bernhardt, drummers Jack DeJohnettePeter ErskineSimon Phillips and Omar Hakim, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and percussionist Bashiri Johnson. With this group of players in mind, the gifted multi-instrumentalist has written and arranged a collection of nine original compositions in a genre bending melange of modern jazzR&Bfunk and South American styles, alongside a stirring rendition of Carla Bley’s “Lawns”.

On Rainbow Gravity, an exemplary ensemble of friends and colleagues join together to perform new electric jazz. Collectively, they have contributed to the execution and vision of this album in a way that, as Petito enthuses, displays “a true collaboration of spirit and skill”. Much of the music heard on this ten-track collection is reminiscent of that of the late 60’s and early 70’s: the electric experiments of Miles Davis on “In a Silent Way” and “Bitches Brew”, the energy and rhythmic complexity of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Weather Report and so many more innovators who produced new sounds and techniques and so, influenced a generation of musicians to follow.

"Scott has assembled some of the finest creative musicians  in the world to participate in this tour de force musical journey. Not only did Scott perform, record and produce this music but he also composed most of the songs. Check out his fine piccolo bass solos. This project is bursting with creativity." -  Mark Egan

The project takes its title from the rainbow gravity theory; a concept in quantum physics that contradicts the Big Bang Theory and instead, proposes that time stretches back infinitely and continues on endlessly. As a musician and composer, Petito actively tries to create a sense of timelessness in his music- he strives to capture a moment or a feeling that might continue on forever. As Petito explains, “the experience of playing and listening to music can suspend us and yet at the same time sweep us away to new places with infinite possibilities. That relationship between music and our very essence of being, always struck me as the most human of experiences.”

"Scott’s compositions are perfect musical short stories with ingenious narratives that propel and animate his own virtuosity and that of his stellar companions.”
Michael Franks

MORE ABOUT SCOTT PETITO

Scott Petito is an award winning composer, producer and engineer. He is a gifted bassist and multi-instrumentalist who has performed on hundreds of recordings in many musical styles. Scott has become particularly well known for his work in the folk and jazz genres, working with such musicians as; James Taylor, Pete Seeger, The Band, Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, John Scofield and hundreds of other leading musicians in jazz and popular music. Scott studied composition and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has scored films for the BBC, Robert Redford and PBS. His productions have charted in Billboard Magazine and have received gold record honors. Scott composed the theme song for the NPR program “With Good Reason”. He is a member of the seminal political/poetic rock group The Fugs. For many years he toured and recorded with partner, Leslie Ritter. During this period of time, their recordings received worldwide acclaim. Scott’s ambient solo bass record, “Sbass Music” debuted at the top of the NAV Charts and has been played on over 450 radio stations in the US and abroad.

DEE DEE MCNEIL
MUSICAL MEMOIRS
"Here is a production of pure funk and contemporary musicality played by some of the top modern jazz players in the business." Read the full review here.

CHRIS SPECTOR
MIDWEST RECORD
"...this sets scores well as a funky fusion date powered by a slew of pros you know you already trust." Read the full review here.
 
 

LEONID AUSKERN
JAZZ QUAD
"It's hard not to admire Petito's free improvisations, and the subtlety and sensitivity of his partner [Jack DeJohnette on drums], instantly responding to every movement of Scott and, in turn, imperiously captivating his playing on the drums." Read the full Russian review here.

MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
Watch video premiere for "Dark Pools" here.

DANIELE CAMERLENGO
SUONO
"Thanks to their amazing creativity the talented multi-instrumentalist has written and arranged a collection of nine original compositions mixing modern jazz, R & B, funk and South American styles." Read the full Italian review here.

KEVIN JOHNSON
NO TREBLE
Check out the feature here.

JULIEN FERTÉ
MUZIQ (FRANCE)
"Fusion with a capital F." Read the full review here.

RON SCHEPPER
TEXTURA
"The ten pieces, nine originals by the leader plus the Bley cover, are first and foremost ensemble performances, though they also include many opportunities for individual players to shine." Read the full review here.

SEBASTIAN MANIURA
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
"...the album is not just a conduit for bass brilliance. Instead, Petito has brought together these world-class musicians for a really creative project." Read the full review here.

 

MICHAEL J. WEST
JAZZTIMES
"While the chops are indeed fearsome, however, the album turns out surprisingly tight, thanks in no small part to Petito's writing." Read the full review here.

GEORGE HARRIS
JAZZ WEEKLY
"The progressive vibe of fusion never sounded better as bassist/producer Scott Petito brings together a set of all stars for ten swinging beauties." Read the full review here.