Check out the latest review of Greg Abate’s live album, Gratitude, courtesy of O’s Place Jazz Magazine!
O’s Notes: Greg Abate is mixing things up on Gratitude; a scintillating live set recorded at The Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, MA, an intimate setting with one-take, spontaneous recordings. The program includes mostly original music, some new, some old and a few classic covers. There’s high style swinging on “Bop Lives” with a cool solo by bassist John Lockwood. Lockwood returns to the spotlight on “Jitterbug Waltz”, this time sharing the stage with pianist Tim Ray and drummer Mark Walker for great solos. Greg is literally “In the Stratosphere” leading the way with a blistering lead line on baritone sax. Abate plays alto, tenor and flute on this collection, a lively encounter!
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Greg MurphyO’s Notes: Greg is a polished keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger and the glue in his trio for Bright Idea, his latest release. Bassist Eric Wheeler bursts into the forefront even when he’s anchoring the rhythm. He also takes charge playing the melodies on ballads like “For My Mom”. There are lots of fun tunes here like “Happy” and “Softly As A Morning Sunrise” with a captivating solo by drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. Murphy composed 8 of the 13 tracks to keep the session fresh and engaging, more than just a bright idea.
Dori Rubbicco – Stage Door Live!
O’s Notes: Jazz vocalist Dori Rubbicco evolved with her life starting as a child parked under the living room piano, in Boston then to LA, to Miami and returning to Boston where she lives and performs today. This live concert covers a variety of popular tunes with Dori backed by musical director/pianist John Harrison’s quintet + 1. The music flow is easy to engage in attentively or as pleasing background music. Highlights are “No Regrets”, “Throw It Away” and “That’s All”.
Fred Farrell – Distant Song 3/3O’s Notes: Vocalist Fred Farell took several years away from the jazz scene to enhance his spiritual and emotional health. He continued writing during the hiatus and emerges with an experienced trio that includes pianist Richie Beirach and highly lauded saxophonist Dave Liebman. The mood of the program is dark blue, solemn and well matched to Fred’s baritone and the accompanying Instrumentation. The music was composed by. Liebman and Beirach with Farell writing all lyrics. The integration works well culminating with “Distant Song”.