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Album Review

Michael Blanco: Spirit Forward

Read "Spirit Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Spirit Forward carries several connotations in its name and sound. First there's the overt reference to bartender terminology and the way it connects to the music presented by the feisty and flexible foursome of bassist Michael Blanco, saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Kevin Hays, and drummer Clarence Penn. A spirit-forward cocktail is one which focuses on enhancing rather than masking the core characteristics of a base liquor through the addition of other spirits and suggestions. It's an intoxicating parallel for what ...

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Michael Blanco: No Time Like The Present

Read "No Time Like The Present" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A talented in-demand Broadway/jazz bassist, Michael Blanco's No Time Like The Present announces his second album as leader presenting a collection of refreshing new jazz originals offered by a dynamic quintet that features veteran saxophonist John Ellis and New York guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg among the cast. The two-time recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, designs a sparkling session of riveting modern-style jazz not to be missed. Though it's Blanco's compositional skills that carry the date on this ...

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Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records Proudly Releases "Spirit Forward" From Bassist/Composer Michael Blanco - Available October 7

Brooklyn Jazz Underground  Records Proudly Releases "Spirit Forward" From Bassist/Composer Michael Blanco - Available October 7

Source: Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity

NYC CD Release Celebration: October 9 at The Cornelia Street Cafe, sets at 8:30 & 10 PM Michael Blanco Quartet: John Ellis: tenor saxophone; Lage Lund: guitar; Clarence Penn: Drums; Michael Blanco: bass/compositions. “Michael Blanco is a resourceful young bassist with two albums to his name, and a reputation confirmed by the caliber of his partners."—Nate Chinen, The New York Times The story of bassist/composer Michael Blanco's third album as a leader, Spirit Forward, available on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records ...


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Spirit Forward

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records


No Time Like The...

Nineteen-Eight Records


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