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Julius Tolentino Quartet at Cecil's Jazz Club

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Julius Tolentino Quartet Cecil's Jazz Club West Orange, NJ June 22, 2007

A number of teenagers formed a semicircle around the bandstand during alto saxophonist Julius Tolentino's opening set at Cecil's Jazz Club, one anxiously fingering his horn in anticipation of sitting in. Only a decade or so older than the youngsters who hung on his every note, Tolentino is an accomplished soloist whose stylistic inclinations are converging in fascinating ways. The Jackie McLean ...

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Julius Tolentino: Just the Beginning

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Bolder claims have been made than the one alto saxophonist Julius Tolentino makes in the title of his debut CD as leader, and on more than one occasion by musicians without the chops to back them up. That isn't the case here. At a baby-faced thirty years of age, surrounded by a group of veteran and rising talents such as trombonist Steve Davis and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, Tolentino has recorded a fine album of appealing hard bop that is testament ...

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Julius Tolentino: Just the Beginning

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Julius Tolentino Just the Beginning Sharp Nine Records 2005

Julius Tolentino is a 30 year-old alto saxophonist who has served a traditional apprenticeship--New York City style--in big bands (Illinois Jacquet, The Ellington Orchestra), small groups (Eric Reed, Jeremy Pelt), as well as leading jam sessions and his own quartet at Cleopatra's Needle, a club that nurtures young, straight-ahead-oriented players. From the sound of his horn on his debut as a leader, Just the Beginning, ...


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