Constantino is the frontman of legendary Buffalo band 'Talas' [which was
known for being the first band of bassist Billy Sheehan].
Constantino was the band's original singer/guitarist, who featured on the
few Talas studio albums, as well as the excellent live reunion disc "If We
Only Knew Then...". Since then he's been busy getting his own music out
there in such bands as Shyboy [w/ Talas drummer and other singer Paul
Varga] and more recently on the blues scene as The Dave Constanino Band,
which also features legendary Buffalo area musical brothers Ted and Tom
Reinhardt [see Gamalon, Spyro Gyra, Willie and the Reinhardts...].
band's 9-track debut disc is a fine mix of Dave's own blues and blues-rock
songs. The album kicks off with the straight ahead blues of "Bump In The
Road", and features such great songs as "Missing You", a haunting acoustic
ballad, "Mystery Man", which starts out lightly before stepping up to
become a cool blues rocker here, and "Where You Hidin'" - another great
up-tempo funky blues track, featuring some killer guitar from the man
album closes with a classy rendition of Jimi Henrix's "Manic Depression",
which Dave guitar goes all out on.
as I love Dave's Talas stuff for the big straight ahead guitar sound and
his tough vocals, his new blues album showcases his talents as more than
just a rocker, with various guitar sounds and great solos, as well as a
whole different take on the man's vocal abilities. Smooth stuff. Should
make for cool outdoor summertime sounds.