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Alma Micic: Tonight

Read "Tonight" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist Alma Micic hails from the creatively fertile Balkan area (Belgrade, Serbia) of Eastern Europe. As of late, she has been plying her trade in New York City and has struck up a very productive and creative relationship with guitarist Doug Wamble resulting in her third recording, Tonight, following The Hours (CTA Records, 2008) and Introducing Alma (CTA Records, 2004). A release every four to six years has become a norm for many artists and in the case of Micic, ...

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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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Uros Markovic/Gospel Jazz Trio: Jesus Saves

Read "Jesus Saves" reviewed by Joshua Weiner


It's no secret that many roots of the jazz tree burrow deep into the church. There's more than a little gospel influence in the style of innumerable jazz artists, most noticeably in the work of pianists such as, for example, Oscar Peterson and Keith Jarrett. With drummers, perhaps, such traces are harder to discern, but in the case of the remarkable Uros Markovic, there is no mistaking his devotion to the (big G) Gospel. Markovic both serves with Christian missions ...

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Alma Micic: The Hours

Read "The Hours" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


There are no doubts about it. Alma Micic (Mee-cheech) is a first rate jazz singer. On her debut album, Introducing Alma (CTA, 2004), she opened some doors with her seductive style working the Great American Songbook. Giving no hint of what was to follow, the release of The Hours raises the bar, leaving no hesitation about where this vocalist is headed.

The Hours is far from the type of breakthrough bestseller that one might intimate. It is thematically ...

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Dayna Stephens: The Timeless Now

Read "The Timeless Now" reviewed by Jim Santella


"But Beautiful , the final track from saxophonist Dayna Stephens' debut album, summarizes his session. This modern mainstream performance centers on his warm tenor saxophone conversations, and includes seven originals as well as two standards. Pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Ben Street and drummer Eric Harland are seamlessly cohesive throughout and, with guests guitarist John Scofield on three tracks and trombonist Nick Vagenas on one, the disc has variety as well as creativity. When the leader or one of his partners ...

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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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