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by Dan McClenaghan
San Francisco area-based reedman Michael O'Neill, noted most prominently for his work with vocalist Kenny Washington, takes his artistry on a new tangent with And Then It Rained. The set features a top-tier Bay Area quartet which digs deep into a set of O'Neill originals. Recording-wise, this is new territory for O'Neill, who, in addition to his work with Washington and singer Tony Lindsay, writes music for corporate and industrial films, documentaries and television. Early in his career, ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
Multi-reedist Michael O'Neill gets top billing here, but there's little doubt that the star attraction is singer Kenny Washington, one of the most under-recognized vocal talents operating today. O'Neill, perhaps Washington's greatest supporter and promoter, doesn't hide that fact when discussing the music presented here: he notes that the arrangements are unique settings, and Kenny's the jewel." Washington, a stunning talent who's appeared on record with O'Neill on more than one occasion, recorded and toured with vibraphonist ...read more
by Stephen Latessa
On The Long and the Short of It, the Bay Area-based Michael O'Neill Quintet has devised a unique role for featured singer Kenny Washington. Washington sings a number of standards in a fairly straightforward manner, but on the originals by O'Neill, he is essentially used as another horn, vocalizing the melody or harmony along with the horns of O'Neill and Steve Campos. After this initial statement, he takes his turn along with the other soloists. There is ample opportunity for ...read more