Dee Dee McNeil reviews ROCCO JOHN’S PEACE AND LOVE By Dee Dee McNeil, ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE – “PEACE AND LOVE” Unseen Rain Records Rocco John Iacovone, alto & soprano saxophone/piano; Ras Moshe Burnett, bells/tenor saxophone/flute; Sana Nagano, violin; Michael Lytle, bass clarinet; Rich Rosenthal, guitar; Phil Sirois, bass; John Pietaro, percussion; Dalius Naujo, drums. I was eager to review this piece of art, mainly because of the CD […]


                                                                                                                                                        MATT LAVELLE’S 12 HOUSES, SOLIDARITY, UNSEEN RAIN 9945 “Solidarity” has a massive singsong sound that serves as the backdrop to a furious tenor solo by Ras Moshe Burnett and a keening cello and flute duet. “Brooklyn Mountain” starts out as a slow, writhing mass before Burnett and pianist Chris Forbes break out for a wriggling excursion into Cecil Taylor […]


Sumari II (UR9938 Sumari II [mp3 320k] Sumari II [FLAC] Sumari II [Apple Lossless] Sumari II [HD FLAC] Sumari II [HD Apple Lossless] SUMARI‘s second release SUMARI II, from the powerful trio of multi-instrumentalists Matt Lavelle on trumpet and alto clarinet, Jack DeSalvo on electric guitar, cello, banjo and bass ukulele and Tom Cabrera on drums and percussion, go one […]


PAT HALL – TIME REMEMBERED: THE MUSIC OF BILL EVANS (UR960) My first reaction when considering Time Remembered: The Music of Bill Evans (Unseenrain – 9960) by trombonist PAT HALL was what is there in the music of Evans that would inspire a trombonist to enlist an organ trio comprising Greg “Organ Monk” Lewis on Hammond organ, Marvin Sewell on guitar and Mike Campenni […]

“Lavelle is a wily musical organizer” – Stuart Kremsky reviews 12 HOUSES – SOLIDARITY

Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses: Solidarity There’s a majestic feeling to the opening of Solidarity, the title track of a release by Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses. This reed-heavy 17 piece ensemble also features an extended rhythm section with guitar, piano, banjo, bass, vibes, and drums, along with violin, cello and voice. Some of the places that conductor/composer Lavelle has his unit […]

Contrassio Trio perform JACK DeSALVO’s PRAMANTHA in Palencia, Spain can’t be loaded: PRAMANTHA (Jack Desalvo) . Contrassio Trio (Palencia, Spain) ( Contrassio Trio perform Jack DeSalvo’s piece Pramantha in Palencia, Spain. Pramantha has also been performed by classical guitarist ADAM KAHN in the UK. Pramantha has been recorded by a number of artists, including: JULIE LYON on the album MOONFLOWER, ARTHUR LIPNER on IN ANY LANGUAGE JACK DeSALVO […]

“…you can trust in the capable hands of DeSalvo and Minasi to deliver a captivating performance.” Paul Acquaro reviews SOLDANO DIECI ANNI

    Jack DeSalvo & Dom Minasi – Soldano Dieci Anni (Unseen Rain, 2016) **** Saturday, September 03, 2016  Guitar Week By Paul Acquaro Oh, acoustic guitar duo, how my heart beats for thee! DeSalvo and Minasi are a great pair on Soldano Dieci Anni, both performing on either unamplified archtop guitar or acoustic (classical and steel string) guitar. They split […]
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A Moment from TOM CABRERA Trio Recording

Bassist Mark Hagan recording “All Hallows” with Tom Cabrera – drums and Bob Rodriguez – piano for Tom’s upcoming UNSEEN RAIN album – working title is “What I’ve Found”. Recording and mastering engineer is Jim DeSalvo, producer and composer is Jack DeSalvo, mixing engineer is Larry Hutter and studio is Trading 8s in Paramus, NJ.

“..some of the nicest acoustic duets since side two of McLaughlin’s My Goals Beyond.” Grego reviews Dom Minasi and Jack DeSalvo – Soldano Dieci Anni

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Dom Minasi, Jack DeSalvo, Soldano Dieci Anni A two-guitar duet album with Dom Minasi and Jack DeSalvo? I was not sure what that would be until I put it on. Soldano Dieci Anni (Unseen Rain) is a hugely beautiful surprise. The both of them brought their acoustic-electrics, archtops, flattops and Jack a nylon string guitar. They let loose […]

“…a commanding debut for his 12 Houses group.” Audiophile Audition reviews Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses – Solidarity

CD Review: Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses – Solidarity – Unseen Rain Big band free jazz is more than discordant noise. Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses – Solidarity [TrackList follows] – Unseen Rain UR-9945, 48:52 [5/6/16] ****: (Matt Lavelle – cornet, Flugelhorn, alto clarinet, conductor; Lee Odom – soprano sax, clarinet; Charles Waters – alto sax, clarinet; Ras Moshe Burnett – soprano […]

All About Jazz Reviews 12 HOUSES – SOLIDARITY

Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses: Solidarity By ALBERTO BAZZURRO Published: July 21, 2016, originally in Italian Born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1970, having played alongside William Parker and and being responsible for the reintroduction of the inimitable Giuseppi Logan a few years ago, Matt Lavelle directs this valuable work, recorded in November 2014, an ensemble of sixteen elements denoting, in […]

“…letting the music go where it must. ” Doug Simpson Reviews ROCCO JOHN QT’s EMBRACE THE CHANGE

Rocco John Quartet – Embrace the Change – Unseen Rain  by Audiophile Audition/ July 11, 2016/ Jazz CD Reviews New York City quartet which promotes changes, all sorts of changes. Rocco John Quartet – Embrace the Change [TrackList follows] – Unseen Rain UR-9947, 67:49 [5/6/16] ****: (Rocco John Iacovone – alto and soprano saxophone; Rich Rosenthal – guitar; François Grillot […]


Recommended: Rocco John Quartet – “Embrace the Change” By davesumner There’s an appealing looseness to this session from  saxophonist Rocco John Iacovone, guitarist Rich Rosenthal, double bassist Francois Grillot and drummer Tom Cabrera.  Of particular interest is the way the guitar darts between the slowly drawled saxophone lines… which becomes more compelling when bass and drums send out bursts of […]

Mark Sullivan’s Review of Dom Minasi – Jack DeSalvo: Soldani Dieci Anni on AAJ

Dom Minasi & Jack DeSalvo: Soldani Dieci Anni By MARK SULLIVAN Published: July 5, 2016 Guitarist Dom Minasi is known as an experimentalist and free player, so there is much in this set of acoustic duets with fellow guitarist Jack DeSalvo that will confound expectations. Opener “The Indelible Delible” is a free improvisation with the expected outside playing and flurries […]

“Fast and furious”, The Aquarian reviews MATT LAVELLE’S 12 HOUSES – SOLIDARITY

Solidarity (Unseen Rain Records) by Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses is a rampaging rollicking jazz affair with Lavelle’s cornet, flugelhorn and alto clarinet leading the charge on six original jam-packed elongated tracks. The action is fast and furious what with two soprano saxophones, two clarinets, alto sax, tenor sax, two flutes, bells, baritone sax, bass clarinet, piccolo, bassoon, piano, violin, cello, […]

“explosive musicality” – Dee Dee McNeil reviews 12 HOUSES – SOLIDARITY

Media Alert: Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses “Solidarity”  – Unseen Rain Records UR9945 MATT LAVELLE – cornet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet, conduction, LEE ODOM – soprano saxophone and clarinet,    CHARLES WATERS – alto saxophone and clarinet, RAS MOSHE BURNETT – tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, bells, TIM STOCKER –  baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, MARY CHERNEY – flute, piccolo,   CLAIRE de BRUNNER – […]

“…interaction, composition, fiery hot soloing…” Mike Greenblatt reviews EMBRACE THE CHANGE

Media Alert: Rocco John Quartet “Embrace The Change” (Unseen Rain UR-9947) Street Date: May 6, 2016ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE alto and soprano saxophones, RICH ROSENTHAL guitar, FRANÇOIS GRILLOT double-bass, TOM CABRERA drums CD Review: Rocco John Quartet Has Good Advice: ‘Embrace the Change’ on Unseen Rain Records [REVIEW]  Mike Greenblatt ( Rocco John Iacovone (Photo : courtesy Unseen Rain Records) There’s no telling where Rocco […]

From Russia: Great Review of ROCCO JOHN’s EMBRACE THE CHANGE.

Media Alert: Rocco John Quartet “Embrace The Change” (Unseen Rain UR-9947) ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE alto and soprano saxophones, RICH ROSENTHAL guitar, FRANÇOIS GRILLOT double-bass, TOM CABRERA drums CD Review: By Leonid Auskern Alto saxophonist Rocco John Iacovone had excellent teachers, these mentors, however, came from very different places on the musical map. On one hand Rocco played in the […]


Media Alert: SUMARI (Unseen Rain UR9962) Matt Lavelle (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, alto clarinet Jack DeSalvo (cello, guitars. mandola) Tom Cabrera (bodhrán, tar, riq, doumbek, bass drum) CD Review: By Avi Shaked The music echoes and reflects nature. The nature squeaks, screeches, hisses and whistles through the velvet yet discordant sounds of the horns as well as through the […]
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Interview with Matt Lavelle on SUMARI

Talking with Arts for Art, Matt Lavelle (horns, reeds) discusses his upcoming performance with SUMARI at Justice is Compassion Part 2. Check out the event here! SUMARI is: Matt Lavelle (horns, reeds) Jack DeSalvo (guitar, cello) Tom Cabrera (percussion) Download SUMARI’s first self-titled album here! Purchase the renowned CD here!

Listen to NUVYU from JULIE LYON’s New Album MOONFLOWER

HD APPLE LOSSLESS DOWNLOAD HD FLAC DOWNLOAD APPLE LOSSLESS CD QUALITY DOWNLOAD CD QUALITY FLAC DOWNLOAD mp3 DOWNLOAD JULIE LYON, vocals Matt Lavelle, trumpet, alto clarinet Jack DeSalvo, guitar. mandola Todd Urban, double bass Tom Cabrera, drums, cymbals, percussion Recorded at Urban Sound by Todd Urban Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Beanstudio by Jim DeSalvo Design by Qua’s Eye Graphics […]

New JULIE LYON album MOONFLOWER available this week.

JULIE LYON‘s new album MOONFLOWER, featuring original songs and compositions, will be available this week as HD, CD-Quality and mp3 Downloads  at and “Ms. Lyon shows that the she knows exactly what she is doing here and executes all of her songs exquisitely. She’s the real deal in her element here with a voice that is like a […]