At first glance, the Argiro Quintet appears to be an instrumental mirror of the famous George Shearing Quintet. And while retaining some of the essence of that revered ensemble, the musical approach is much more adventurous, creating a unique sound on lively, original versions of standards and intricately woven originals. Musicians James Argiro, piano, Mario DeCiutiis, vibraphone, Rich Goldstein, guitar, Jason Schwartz, bass and Clark Seibold, drums, together create a cohesion of musical influences and personalities that underpins every performance. Vocalist Andrea Niki enters the mix and brightens the scene.
Collectively, the extensive list of renowned jazz artists with which these superb musicians have performed includes: Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson, Joe Wilder, Branford Marsalis, Anthony Braxton, Houston Person, Mel Torme, Marlena Shaw, Ernie Andrews, Lionel Hampton, "Cat" Anderson, Red Rodney, Ernie Watts, Jeff Hamilton, Shelly Manne and Louis Bellson.
The Quintet and their original music are also an integral part of the recent movie, "Chasing Rainbows."