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The Mike Frost Project: Nothing Smooth About It

Read "Nothing Smooth About It" reviewed by Ollie Bivens


An increasingly popular musician in Chicago, saxophonist Mike Frost has put together a very tight, well-oiled machine with the Mike Frost Project. On Nothing Smooth About It, the sextet pays tribute to classic tunes from the jazz canon without sounding retro. “Oleo" allows the band members to display their solo talents in a round robin fashion as they partake in a hard but gentle swinging charge through the Sonny Rollins gem. As on all the tracks, the generous bandleader allows ...

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Mike Frost: The Mike Frost Project

Read "The Mike Frost Project" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini


If I were promoting a group's debut album, I'm not sure it'd be as the work of a band from “one of Chicago's premier cruise lines." That seems about as catchy as “famous Caribbean pizza." Luckily, Mike Frost's sextet doesn't need the pitch for its debut album, a first-class ticket that for the most part leaves lounge lizard fodder in steerage.

The Mike Frost Project is a “post-bop, B3 organ oriented" collaboration claiming to “honor the traditions ...


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