INTERVIEW | Dominic Lalli Of Big Gigantic Talks New Jazz Album, His Connection To Electronic Music, & More

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After waiting anxiously all week to hear the full project, Dominic Lalli’s (of Big Gigantic) jazz album has finally arrived!

The album is called A Blind Man’s Blue, and it’s seven tracks deep, but contains over an hour’s worth of brilliant jazz music. Fans of Big G may be unaware that Dom attended music school back in the day, where he first fell in love with the genre. This album, in fact, has been years in the making. He was recording Big G’s debut album, Fire It Up, at the same time, and after that project took off, that’s where he centered his focus.

Now, Dom has had the time to complete the album, and we’re simply blown away by his talent.

Stream the new album below, and get ready to drift away into the wonderful world of jazz with Dom Lalli. We also caught up with the man himself to discuss the new project, and his passion for all things music. Check that out below as well. Enjoy!

Dominic Lalli – A Blind Man’s Blue

We’re stoked for this new album! Do you remember when you first fell in love with jazz music?

I’m so excited to release this album you guys! I think i first really started falling in love with Jazz music in College. I had gone to University to study music and i think the first year being there, and just studying music with other kids and being around all of the other musicians constantly, really took my love for jazz music and performing music in general to another level.

What was your favorite memory about attending music school? How did it help shape your career? 

Mostly all of the kids I went to school with and the teachers I studied with bring out a ton of amazing memories. Just inspiration everywhere constantly! Someone was always working on a new concept and sharing ideas with the rest of us. Our teachers were amazing and always left us so inspired so it was just a really great experience all around. I think it helped shaped my career because it got me prepared to perform on a high level consistently, but music school also helped me to learn how to discipline myself to teach myself to learn music and keep learning music everyday. 

You then decided go in the direction of electronic music. When and how did that happen?
You know, right as I was recording this jazz album, I was also writing the first Big Gigantic album, Fire it Up. I was also playing in my old funk band, The Motet, at the same time as well so I was doing several different things musically and kind of seeing what would happen. I think at that time electronic music was so fresh and exciting for me and I’m just really really into writing songs so i was very excited to be diving into everything Big Gigantic. After basically our first Big Gigantic show i could see that was really connecting with people so I wanted to give it my all to see where we could take it.

In which different ways do you connect with electronic music in comparison to jazz?

I think with electronic music, its a lot about evoking a feeling. It’s an energy and a direct connection to people. I’m so lucky to be able to play my saxophone and make music that connects with so many people. Jazz music for me is like a guilty pleasure and I just feel like its a language, and a language I know well so its incredibly fun and kind of cerebral for me to listen to jazz music. I feel like I’m listening in on a conversation between some incredible minds. But I truly and deeply love all kinds of music. I connect to so many different kinds of music for so many different reasons and i love that because I think that It’s important for me to stay healthy creatively.

Who else is playing with you on this album? 

This album features Ron Miles on Trumpet, Greg Gisbert on Trumpet, Eric Gunnison on piano, Bijoux Barbosa on Bass and Rudy Royston on Drums. All these guys are from the Denver area and some of the best jazz musicians in the world, literally. I’m very grateful to have all these guys be a part of this album.

If you could play a jazz set anywhere in the world, with no restrictions, where would it be?

Indoors, Carnegie Hall. Or some beautiful concert hall. Outdoors would be so epic to play one of the amazing jazz festivals in Europe. Maybe Italy or France. Ive always wanted to play one of those!

What’s the best way to listen to your new album?

I would say checking out one of the vinyl would be the best way to listen to this album!