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Rale Micic: Only Love Will Stay

Read "Only Love Will Stay" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Only Love Will Stay, a tasteful and even-keeled trio date, embodies seven of Serbian-born guitarist and leader Rale Micic's original compositions and a lone standard, Irving Berlin's venerable “How Deep Is the Ocean." Micic is ably supported by organist Jared Gold and either Johnathan Blake (five tracks) or Geoff Clapp (three) on drums. Micic's themes are respectable but, if you want to hear the trio at its best, go straight to Berlin (Irving, that is). Micic is even brighter and ...

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Rale Micic / John Abercrombie / Peter Bernstein / Lage Lund: Inspired

Read "Inspired" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Inspired showcases four of the world's most accomplished jazz guitarists honoring the legacy of a fifth: the late maestro Jim Hall, an exemplar to all and mentor to many. The quartet consists of American luminaries Peter Bernstein and John Abercrombie, Norway's Lage Lund and Serbian-born Rale Micic (Rah-lay Mee-cheech). Four unique personas with one inflexible purpose: to enhance and perpetuate the vision of a friend, comrade and archetype. The album consists for the most part of songs ...

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Rale Micic: Night Music

Read "Night Music" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Night Music, his fourth album as leader of his own group, Rale Micic (pronounced Rah-lay Mee-cheech), a Serbian-born guitarist who has lived and gigged in New York City for more than fifteen years, pays tribute to the music of the Hungarian classical composer Bela Bartok who, as it turns out, spent his last years living in the same Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, in upper Manhattan, where Micic has made his home for the past dozen years. Having learned ...

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Rale Micic: 3

Read "3" reviewed by Joshua Weiner


Rale Micic has emerged over the past few years as one of the most interesting young guitarists on the New York City scene. Beginning with Bridges, a fantastic quintet date from 2003 featuring some exciting saxophone work from Bob Reynolds, and continuing on 2006's Serbia featuring the great Tom Harrell on trumpet, Micic has established a style that, while indebted to giants like Jim Hall and John Scofield, is recognizably his: a clean, rich, classic tone; clarity of line; spaciousness ...

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Rale Micic: 3

Read "3" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Guitarist Rale Micic, who was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, moved to the United States after receiving a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music. He later made New York his base. Micic has recorded three CDs for CTA Records. The first, Bridges (2003), featured a quintet that included trumpeter Tom Harrell, followed by the quartet date, Serbia (2006). For his third venture 3--which stands for “rhythm, harmony and melody"--Micic has pared his band down to a trio. Drummer ...

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Rale Micic: Serbia

Read "Serbia" reviewed by Ken Dryden


Although a relative newcomer as a bandleader, guitarist Rale Micic's studies with the likes of Mick Goodrick, Bob Brookmeyer, Hal Crook and others obviously have enhanced his gifts as a player and composer. His soft, lyrical style of playing complements his superb band, featuring the masterful trumpeter and flugelhornist Tom Harrell, tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds, bassist Sean Conly and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Micic opens the session unaccompanied on nylon string guitar, interpreting a Serbian folk song. Throughout ...

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Rale Micic: Serbia

Read "Serbia" reviewed by Stephen Latessa


Serbia is a lyrical, tightly wound affair that rarely rises above a whisper, but weaves a dreamy spell. Working with a sympathetic band that includes trumpet/flugelhorn player Tom Harrell, Rale Micic's guitar sparkles against lush accompaniment.

Both the album's title and its opening track, “Dimitrije, Sine Mitre, are nods to Micic's heritage. Played solo on nylon string guitar, the Serbian traditional opener is a haunting and spare meditation that finishes all too quickly. “Far From Home, composed by ...


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