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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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By: George W. Harris
Drummer Steve Langone teams with Kevin Harris/p and Dave Zinno/b for a clever mix of soul, spirituals and swing on this release. Zinno’s bass is elegiac on the traditional “Shenandoah” while Sunday comes rolling around on the gospel tinged “Fifteen” and “Down By The Riverside” while “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” oozes with soulful pathos. The leader’s cymbals guide the horses through a rich read of Chick Corea’s “Humpty Dumpty” and whips the wagon train up on the assertive “Song For Now.” Lots of various sides of Americana are served up well here.
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Vincent Castaldi had an excellent art show on Friday, showcasing some of his beautiful pastel pieces. Take a look below to see some of the featured pieces.