1975 Ray Pizzi – Appassionato

Appassionato is an album by Ray Pizzi, released in 1975.

Raymond Michael Pizzi, nicknamed “Pizza Man” (born January 19, 1943, Everett, Massachusetts) is an American jazz saxophonist, bassoonist, and flautist.

Pizzi’s first instrument was clarinet. He attended the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in the 1960s, and taught in Randolph, Massachusetts public schools from 1964 to 1969. He relocated to California in 1969, and in the 1970s worked with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Frank Zappa, Shelly Manne, Willie Bobo, Moacir Santos, Mark Levine, and Dizzy Gillespie. In the 1980s he accompanied Nancy Wilson and was a sideman for Milcho Leviev and Bob Florence, and worked with the American Jazz Orchestra into the early 1990s. He has recorded as a leader, including in a quartet setting under the ensemble name Windrider. He joined the faculty at the Mancini Institute in 1997.


1  Maddalena (Ray Pizzi) 5:41
2  Pizza Machine (Ray Pizzi) 4:31
3  Ballad For M. P. Z. (Ray Pizzi) 4:16
4  Let Us Proclaim The Mystery Of Faith (Ray Pizzi) 6:53
5  Prayer For Simon (Ray Pizzi) 4:54
6  Trukonisous My Cat (Ray Pizzi) 4:29
7  Transmo (Ray Pizzi) 6:04
8  Winchester Belle (Ray Pizzi) 5:39



BassJoel Dibartolo
BassJohn Heard
DrumsPeter Donald
GuitarDan Sawyer
GuitarJohn Morell
OrganGreg Mathieson
PianoMark Levine
PianoGreg Mathieson
BassoonRay Pizzi
FluteRay Pizzi
SaxRay Pizzi

Liner Notes

Producer – Ray Pizzi