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O'2L's smooth jazz album reflects upon the world around us: sights and sounds, conversations, street noises, and even a few dogs barking. Employing hip-hop rhythms and a devil-may-care attitude, Jane Mangini and Al Pitrelli dish up a delightful collage of good times. Their music represents a party, a time for fun and celebration.
The title track sets you to laughing from the start. Depicting the scene at a local restaurant, Mangini has brought along all the wit and all the fellowship that exists in such a neighborhood hangout. She lets her composition scan through it all, capturing a vast array of impressions.
"Riders on the Storm" adheres to the original Doors setting, but injects a powerful piano fusillade into the mix. Mangini pumps it up with a thrilling rhythmic concept that won't quit. She gets the adrenaline flowing. "City Chicken" struts with a soulful walk. Again, the piano takes charge and doesn't let go. Much of O'2L's program carries the same kind of rhythmic charge.
Horace Silver's "Lonely Woman" provides a significant change of pace, as Mangini and Pitrelli stretch out with flowing melody and a lush landscape. Their searing interpretation infuses a shot of passion into the program.
O2'L's program of backbeats and hip-hop effects creates an instant impression of energy. It's not the usual fare, however. They fill the air with impressions of the world around us and deliver the program with tongue in cheek. Musically warm and emotionally light, Doyle's Brunch brings a lot of fun to the forum.
Track Listing: Learn to Walk; Senior Wilhelm; Come and Get It; Riders on the Storm; Cali; Mountain City Playhouse; Dolan Hill; Missing Kate; City Chicken; Little Edith; Lonely Woman; Knock Knock; Doyle's Brunch.
Personnel: Jane Mangini- piano, keyboards; Al Pitrelli- guitars, bass, banjo; John O'Reilly- drums, percussion; Mark Wood- violin; Johnny Lee Middleton- bass on "Riders on the Storm;" Danny Miranda- bass on "Learn to Walk;" Aunt Jane- voice on "Come and Get It;" Diamond Teeth Mary McClain- voice on "Learn to Walk;" Moose, Pickle- voice on "Knock Knock."