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”.
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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
O’s Place Jazz Magazine Reviews Gratitude by Greg Abate

O’s Place Jazz Magazine Reviews Gratitude by Greg Abate

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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