Rale Micic has “relaxing groove that feels just right” on latest release “Only Love Will Stay”

Rale Micic has “relaxing groove that feels just right” on latest release “Only Love Will Stay”

Rale Micic Only Love Will Stay
O’s Notes: Serbian guitarist Rale Micic leads most melodies with a relaxing groove that feels just right. Jared Gold complements him on the B3 with drumming duties split between Johnathan Blake and Geoff Clapp. The pandemic forced Micic to slow down, reflect, and try new things, as illustrated on Only Love Will Stay. Highlights are “How Deep Is The Ocean”, “Riverdale”, “Lipe Cvatu” and “Better Days Ahead”.
D. Oscar  Groomes
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Greg Abate has a “jovial groove” that drives his latest chart topping release “Magic Dance”

Greg Abate has a “jovial groove” that drives his latest chart topping release “Magic Dance”

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O’s Notes: Reed master Greg Abate celebrates the music of the legendary pianist Kenny Barron with Kenny Barron on piano, Dezron Douglas (b) and Johnathan Blake (d). This songbook is 14 of Kenny’s best compositions over two discs. There’s a jovial groove that swings on “Cooks Bay” with Greg varying the mood shifting from sax to flute. There is sweet sax harmony on “Innocence”, passion on “Rain” and a hard swing on “Voyage”, just a few of the highlights.
D. Oscar  Groomes
O’s Place Jazz Magazine
Miles Donahue “presents a fine contemporary jazz set” with latest release “Just Passing Thru”

Miles Donahue “presents a fine contemporary jazz set” with latest release “Just Passing Thru”

Just Passing Through

O’s Notes: Saxophonist, composer and producer Miles Donahue presents a fine contemporary jazz set with Just Passing Through. Bassist Joe Santerre gets in the mix on “Living Room Blues” before Donahue soothes us on song “Killing Me Softly”, the lone cover. Guest Mike Stern (g) adds fusion elements to “7-9-65” and the funky “Railroaded”. We also enjoyed the cool vibe of “Donny’s Groove” and “A Man of Few Words”.
Mike Renzi “addresses the Holidays from different cultures and expressions” on latest release “Christmas Is: December Duets”

Mike Renzi “addresses the Holidays from different cultures and expressions” on latest release “Christmas Is: December Duets”

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O’s Notes: Pianist Mike Renzi sets out to make something greater than the standard “Christmas Album”. He addresses the Holidays from different cultures and expressions. Renzi teams up with veteran vocalist Jim Porcella for ten duets, all classics done with class.
D. Oscar  Groomes
O’s Place Jazz Newsletter
O’s Place Reviews Rodriguez’s Modern Jazz album “Your Sound”

O’s Place Reviews Rodriguez’s Modern Jazz album “Your Sound”

O’s Place Jazz Notes: New York-based Colombian composer and reed man Jay Rodriguez has played everything from Hip Hop to Latin and Straight ahead jazz. He leans towards modern jazz with a Latin twist on Your Sound, his latest release. It was recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York to an appreciative audience. Billy Harper (tenor sax), Larry Willis (p), Eric Wheeler (b), J.T. Lewis (d) and Billy Martin (perc) join him to perform ten high-energy new compositions.

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