Dee Dee McNeil reviews ROCCO JOHN’S PEACE AND LOVE

https://roccojohn.bandcamp.com/album/peace-and-love By Dee Dee McNeil,  https://musicalmemoirs.wordpress.com/ 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 […]

Cadence Reviews MATT LAVELLE’S 12 HOUSES – SOLIDARITY

                                                                                                                                                        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 […]

Jersey Jazz Reviews PAT HALL’S TIME REMEMBERED on UR

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 […]

Contemporary Fusion Reviews SUMARI

Review: Matt Lavelle Jack DeSalvo Tom Cabrera – Sumari By Rotcod Zzaj November 19, 2016   Matt Lavelle, Jack DeSalvo, Tom Cabrera – SUMARI:  If you are a fan of great improvised & fusion-oriented music, you won’t find a better recorded session than this one from June, 2015.  I’ve been reviewing these folks for many, many years now, and most […]

“…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 […]

“..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: http://www.audaud.com/matt-lavelles-12-houses-solidarity-unseen-rain/ 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 […]

Bird Is The Worm Recommends ROCCO JOHN QUARTET’s EMBRACE THE CHANGE on UR

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 […]

“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 (m.greenblatt@classicalite.com) 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: http://jazzquad.ru/index.pl?act=PRODUCT&id=4418 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 […]

Great SUMARI Review from Croatia

Research into sound is a basic characteristic of the creative trio Sumari. Opportunities for such research are large, and this is for three reasons: curiosity, commitment and creativity of musicians who explore the great opportunities of the mutual combination of instruments. As well as having vast experience of playing in various styles and idioms, all three of them are multi-instrumentalists. […]

JazzWeekly Reviews JULIE

 Jazz Weekly CD Review of JULIE (UR9957) Julie Lyon Quintet by George W. Harris Vocalist Julie Lyon has a voice that recalls Blossom Dearie, and also benefits from an air tight band, similar in makeup with Tom Cabrera/dr, Jack DeSalvo/g and Bobby Brennan/b but with the added attraction of trumpeter/clarinetist Matt LaVelle, who adds some nice horn sounds on the […]

Grego Reviews Harmolodic Monk

Grego Reviews Harmolodic Monk

The music of Thelonious Monk, if anything, has taken on increasing stature as a body of compositions central to the modern jazz experience. In the period following his leaving us, we see renewed attention to his recordings and a great array of contemporary jazz musicians who perform his music regularly. Steve Lacy was a pioneer in adventurously featuring Monk’s compositions […]

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Mark Turner’s Brilliant Review of JULIE

JULIE – Julie Lyon Quintet (UR9957) CD Review: http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p10201.htm By Mark S. Turner Perhaps the most interesting element in this recording is the ‘live in studio’ nature lending a great deal of atmosphere and beatnik cafe society vibe to the affair. Well, actually, I’m assuming it was thus live ’cause it sure as hell sounds it—if not, if there are overdubs […]

Jazz Police Review of Inherence (UR9963)

“Inherence”: Joel Shapira Celebrates Duo Guitar Release at the Black Dog, February 5th Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor Jazz Police Tuesday, 04 February 2014 Inherence Former student and mentor, guitarists Joel Shapira and Jack DeSalvo, reunited recently via the internet, and soon found themselves in a New Jersey recording studio. The result is Inherence (Unseen Rain Records), an intriguing […]

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