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”

Christmas Is 72

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
John Stein’s ‘Color Tones’ reviewed by O’s Place Jazz Newsletter

John Stein’s ‘Color Tones’ reviewed by O’s Place Jazz Newsletter

O’s Notes: Guitarist John Stein returns to the studio to produce Color Tones a bright canvas of ten originals and one freshly arranged classic. The liner call him “a musicians musician… a leader who can follow…” Both are accurate descriptors for a man who leads for the good of all and especially the listener! Phil Grenadier (t), John Lockwood (b) and Fernando Brandão (fl) and Zé Eduardo Nazario (d) are his accomplices and they all shine on their moments in the spotlight. We enjoyed “Neck Road”, the relaxed “Labor of Love” featuring Grenadier and the subtle funkiness on “The Commons” and “Angel Eyes”.
D. Oscar  Groomes
O’s Place Jazz Newsletter

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