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Jeremy Manasia Trio: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jeremy Manasia Trio: new names one and all in this neighborhood save for the gentleman who makes the trio a quartet, guitarist Peter Bernstein. As it turns out, pianist Manasia, a native of Staten Island, has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since he returned from Europe in 1997, and Metamorphosis is his sixth recording as leader of his own groups. While bassist Barak Mori and drummer Charles Ruggiero round out the trio, Bernstein appears on ...

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Jeremy Manasia: Pixel Queen

Read "Pixel Queen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pixel Queen is the third record to document the musical relationship that pianist Jeremy Manasia has with bassist Barak Mori and drummer Charles Ruggiero. Manasia's debut leader date--Witchery (Cellar Live, 2007)--featured a different rhythm crew, but this bass-and-drums team came aboard for After Dark (Posi-Tone, 2009), a pleasing trio-with-guests outing, and stayed for Green Dream (Cellar Live, 2012), an all-originals trio date. On this release, Manasia's fourth overall and first on the Blujazz imprint, this trio tackles six of the ...

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Jeremy Manasia: After Dark

Read "After Dark" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Pianist, composer and arranger Jeremy Manasia is the driving force behind After Dark, an excellent group of originals and standards rendered by Manasia, drummer Charles Ruggiero and bassist Barak Mori. Manasia wrote most of the songs with classic jazz as his guiding principle. Up-tempo tunes like “Ruggburn" or the cool mid-tempo blues “Arch Eyes" are straight from the hard bop lexicon. In the spirited “Jake's Dilemma" one can hear whispers of Bud Powell's “Oblivion." There are subtle ...


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