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by Michael P. Gladstone
Ro is a wild ride for the guitarist Nick Russo and his group, displaying a number of his original compositions in a variety of settings. The guitarist seems determined to combine his interest in Indian music with jazz. The other eleven musicians also provide different textures for several of these tracks. Nick Russo is from Selden, Long Island and is a graduate of Stony Brook University and Queens College. His now based out of Queens, New York.
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by John Kelman
In an ever-shrinking world, musical eclecticism is now becoming the norm. Still, artists need to be able to channel their varied musical sources into a focused voice. Ro is a broad-reaching affair that demonstrates guitarist Nick Russo's not insignificant improvisational and compositional strengths, but also feels a bit too much like a grab bag. Within this mix of confident blowing, cross-cultural influences and complex composition, Russo feels something like a kid in a candy shop.
Still, that's not to say ...read more
by Jim Santella
With varied tastes in the field of modern jazz, guitarist Nick Russo covers a wide range. He loves to interject sensual themes into his work, portraying a romantic vision as well as a consonant landscape that both rest on pleasurable experiences. They're Russo's compositions, and they represent deep feelings.
Miles Griffith sings on three selections, providing unique wordless passages as well as original lyrics. He makes a suitable musical partner for Russo, since they share an appreciation for ...read more