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Mike Baggetta: Spectre

Read "Spectre" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Mike Baggetta has produced a number of quality recordings over the years yet Spectre may be his most compelling project to date. The guitarist delves into some “live" sound processing which include an array of delicate textures, sampling and loops undoubtedly influenced by ECM recording artist David Torn who mastered this release. Though the set ventures into mysterious soundscapes they're rooted in melodicism which equally underscores the inventiveness of Baggetta's trio with bassist Jerome Harris and drummer ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet: Source Material

Read "Source Material" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Guitarist Mike Baggetta creates a remarkable collage of images that are framed by his composition, writing with abundant skill and bringing an immediate presence to music carried to fulfillment by his band. He has some of the best musicians here, who interact with fluidity and add texture and ambience on the road to resolution.Baggetta has a wide comfort zone. He essays bop as facilely as he does a ballad, balancing his technique with a high degree of creativity. ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet: Source Material

Read "Source Material" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Guitarist Mike Baggetta's versatility has been in the thick of New York's creative music scene, whether performing with Tom Harrell or front-lining projects like Bridges (MabnotesMusic, 2011), a duo recording with trumpeter Kris Tiner. Source Material is Baggetta's follow up to 2009's Small Spaces (Fresh Sound), with a working quartet that includes robust sax work from Jason Rigby, veteran drummer George Schuller and rising bassist Eivind Opsvik. What sets this recording on higher ground is not just the caliber of ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet: Small Spaces

Read "Small Spaces" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

New York based guitarist Mike Baggetta has recorded as a band leader before, but Small Spaces is his first CD as the leader of a quartet. This beautifully recorded CD of seven Baggetta originals and one cover, produced by Baggetta himself, shows that his 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award was well-deserved. Baggetta's guitar playing is characterized by a full, warm, tone whether he's vamping behind band members, soloing or duetting with Jason Rigby's tenor. Rigby's tenor ...

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Mike Baggetta: Small Spaces

Read "Small Spaces" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Guitarist Mike Baggetta might not be a familiar name to those outside the coasts, though he's recorded and worked on both. He received his formal education in music from Rutgers and name checks players like Ted Dunbar and Jim Hall, yet his first release was decidedly un-bebop--a half-hour solo recording of prepared and abused acoustic guitar entitled Canto. Bows, rattles and knocks then traversed their way through the long-running (if sporadic) duo Tin/Bag with California-based trumpeter Kris Tiner (of the ...

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Take Five With Mike Baggetta

Read "Take Five With Mike Baggetta" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Mike Baggetta: Guitarist and composer Mike Baggetta is originally from Agawam, Massachusetts, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by his father, he began playing the guitar while in high school after previously studying violin and trombone.Mike went on to study music at Rutgers University, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with high academic honors, and Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. His talents have been recognized through a scholarship from the New ...


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