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by Jerry D'Souza
For Greasy Street, guitarist Richie Hart augments his usual trio with bassist Joe Corsello and drummer Rick Petrone to include a band of players who bring a welcome dimension to the music. Hart knows where to place them, and this, combined with the song selections, makes for some enjoyable listening.
Of these ten tunes, only one has the trio going for it. The setting is apt for I'll See You in My Dreams." After the initial exploration by ...read more
by David Miller
Richie Hart isn't breaking down any barriers with his music. If you're looking for intellectual listening, Greasy Street isn't the record for you. That said, I loved it. Hart and his compatriots (Rick Petrone, Joe Corsello, Clifton Anderson, Pete Levin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Jerry Weldon) have created a blues-inflected whale of a good time. Greasy Street is fun all the way through. The musicians' wry sense of humor is evident in both the tunes and the ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Guitarist Richie Hart wisely works the intersection of two thoroughfares. I'm referring to the aptly titled Greasy Street as well as the more mainstream, and less funkified, Easy Street for the purposes of this album.
Like last season's Blues in the Alley, Hart and his trio with bassist Rick Petrone and drummer Joe Corsello are accompanied by guests to provide a variety of musical textures. This trio has been intact since 2002; Petrone and Corsello have travelled many ...read more
by John Kelman
With a blues-soaked sensibility and strong rhythmic drive, guitarist Richie Hart's Blues in the Alley is aptly named, given his propensity for blues form and feel. But that doesn't mean that the record is anything approaching monotonous, as Hart and his trio companions, bassist Rick Petrone and percussionist Joe Corsello, explore everything from the swing blues of the title track to the vivacious jump of Sandu." There may be a single colour that pervades the proceedings, but Hart and his ...read more
by Jim Santella
Richie Hart leads a stellar band that captures the classic guitar/organ combo sound accurately with a swinging groove. His original compositions ensure that jazz and blues will find a comfortable seat every time his unit takes the stage.
With his trio, Hart interprets Sandu" in a classic repose. His guitar brings back the song's original feeling. Swinging lightly and improvising spontaneously, he sends lyrical phrases spinning this way and that. By including a delicious bass solo and trading ...read more