Alto saxist Marcus Monteiro has a “bebopper’s heart”

By: George Harris

Alto saxist Marcus Monteiro has a bebopper’s heart on this album with compatriots John Harris III-Nick Sanfilippo/p, Fernando Huergo/b and Steve Langone/dr. Monteiro’s tone is Jackie McLean-styled bright, working well on the snappy read of “Sister Sadie” and the soulful R&B throwback “Mill Street.” The team gets funky on “The Monteiro Backhand Var.1” and bluesy with a bop mood on “Easier Said Than Done.” The rhythm team gets into a nice groove on a joyful read of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life” and bears down into a rivulet on Jimmy Smith’s “Sagg Shootin’ his Arrow.” Monteiro is also able to show a light and lyrical side, giving a glowing light to “Adagio” and with Hurgo delivering a delicate duet on Ron Carter’s “Receipt Please.” This guy hitting the West Coast some time?

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