The first thing one notices about Al Maniscalco's tenor saxophone is its smooth, burnished sound. He has obviously worked hard on that, as he has on his explicitly laid-back delivery. The next thought that springs to mind is that Maniscalco is an accomplished improviser--on tenor or soprano--who always has a specific goal in mind and knows how to reach it while keeping the listener happily engaged. As one of his teachers was Bunky Green, that's readily understandable.
Maniscalco, of course, can't go it alone, and has surrounded himself with capable sidemen, of whom he speaks highly in the liner notes, ...read more
Borders Books & Music Washinton,D.C. Baltimore resident, quartet leader, and saxophone instructor Al Maniscalco premiered his latest album release More In My Heart on Friday, June 13 at the Borders Books and Music on 18th and L, in D.C. While this was a difficult environment for musical transportation, for either players or audience, Maniscalco played with an earnest sincerity that made the best of the situation. Most of the pieces the quartet played were from Maniscalco’s new release or previous cd, with a few classics included for variety. Comparatively standard fair, Maniscalco seems to draw ...read more