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Album Review

Glenn Zottola: Charlie Parker with Strings Revisited

Read "Charlie Parker with Strings Revisited" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Saxophonist and trumpeter Glenn Zottola came out of retirement from a long distinguished career, for the specific purpose of paying tribute to jazz artists who influenced his life and his music. The tribute series of albums which, include homages to Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Stan Getz among them, concludes with a tip of the hat to the legendary Charlie Parker with a reprise of his classic Charlie Parker with Strings sessions of 1949 and 1950 capturing the romantic and ...

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Album Review

Glenn Zottola: Miles Davis Remembered

Read "Miles Davis Remembered" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


A young musician's mind can be so very impressionable, so capable and available to lock onto a recording, a phrase or texture and hold it. The effect is almost nuclear--one note, perfectly placed by the performer and into a young listener's ear, can set into play a chain of music-driven events that can spawn professional careers, if not a lifelong interest in the art. Such was-and is--the case with trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, Glenn Zottola. A phenomenon in his own right. ...

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Album Review

Glenn Zottola: The Bossa Nova Story, Glenn Zottola, Salutes Stan Getz

Read "The Bossa Nova Story, Glenn Zottola, Salutes Stan Getz" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Trumpeter and saxophonist Glenn Zottola has been a serious part of the music business for more than four decades, recording thirty albums as a sideman and leader as well as adding Broadway and TV show musician to his resume. In 2014, Zottola decided to embark on the tribute circle recording a series of homage albums for the Classic Jazz Records label such as (Clifford Brown Remembered (Classic Jazz Records, 2014), Reflections of Charlie Parker (Classic Jazz Records, 2014) and now, ...

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Extended Analysis

Glenn Zottola: Reflections of Charlie Parker

Read "Glenn Zottola: Reflections of Charlie Parker" reviewed by Geannine Reid


After nearly four decades Glenn Zottola has become one of the most respected, versatile and in-demand trumpet players--and saxophonists--in the world. Born and raised in Port Chester, New York, Zottola started playing trumpet at age three. By virtue of his musical household, this seemed almost as natural as learning to speak. His big brother, Bob, was also a gifted trumpeter who went on to play with the bands of Charlie Barnet and Maynard Ferguson. His mother, Marie, played piano, and ...

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Album Review

Glenn Zottola: Clifford Brown Remembered

Read "Clifford Brown Remembered" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


The trumpet is a cruel--yet loving--mistress. It can announce the slightest executional blemish, instantly betraying its player's most sincere efforts, while also allowing its lover to express every possible nuance and emotion. The greatest Masters of the instrument in jazz--Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and others--all could brilliantly deliver expressive emotion. Of those in the trumpet's pantheon, Clifford Brown, by virtue of his genius and enhanced by his mythology, stands out. Any attempt by a trumpeter to emulate Clifford ...

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Album Review

Zoot Sims: With Bucky Pizzarelli

Read "With Bucky Pizzarelli" reviewed by Andrew Velez


This Zoot Sims-Bucky Pizzarelli set of duets is now 33 years old but there's nary a sign of cobwebs here on a session in which the mutual pleasure of these two pros is happily apparent. If it contained only their bossa-flavored take on Michel Legrand's “Watch What Happens," it would be well worth the price. As it begins, just a deft sprinkling of Pizzarelli's notes opens a path through which flows a generous outpouring of Sims' shimmering warmth. But before ...


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