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Andy Fusco: Remembrance

Read "Remembrance" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Since 2016 SteepleChase Records has released five discs by alto saxophonist Andy Fusco. This impressive, often stunning body of work goes a long way in raising the profile of a man who had seldom been given the opportunity to record under his own name. While Fusco leads the sessions, he's the antithesis of a star or domineering force. Aside from his prowess on the horn, he possesses an unusual talent for putting together bands of uniquely talented individuals and choosing ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Andy Fusco: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Vortex, Andy Fusco's fourth release on the SteepleChase imprint in as many years, is cause for celebration. Until recently, recordings by the veteran alto saxophonist as a leader have been few and far between. The date reunites Fusco with tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, who composed four of the selections and arranged nine of the ten tracks. The Fusco/Weiskopf association began decades ago in the sax section of the Buddy Rich Big Band and eventually resulted in a number of noteworthy ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases

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The opportunity to listen to six recently released discs on the venerable SteepleChase label (and the SteepleChase LookOut branch) is a little like reading an anthology of short stories by distinguished authors from a particular year or period. You get a hearty helping of vital, mature voices, most of whom operate somewhere in the jazz mainstream, without too much of an overlap of the artists' values, proclivities, and preferences. By and large, each leader and his cohort make a legitimate ...

LIVE REVIEW

Andy Fusco and Friends

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Andy Fusco and Friends Kean UniversityEnlow Recital Hall Hillside, NJ March 25, 2010

There was a stark contrast between the first and the second half of a concert billed as “Jazz on the Fazioli" and “Andy Fusco and Friends." Pianist Ted Rosenthal opened with jazz interpretations on classical themes. Making the most of a magnificent Fazioli grand piano, Rosenthal's solo renditions of Beethoven's “Sonata Pathetique," J.S. Bach's “Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring," ...

LIVE REVIEW

Jazz Happening: Andy Fusco and Friends in Union, NJ

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Jazz Happening: Andy Fusco and Friends Kean University Wilkins Theatre Union, NJ November 19, 2007

Throughout an invigorating seventy-five minute set in which each member of the band had something significant to say and everything came off in fine style, alto saxophonist Andy Fusco inadvertently stole the show at Kean University's Jazz Happening concert. Soloing on seven of the evening's eight selections, the altoist transformed the language of Charlie Parker and reconfigured the extensions ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Andy Fusco: Out of the Dark

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For alto saxophonist Andy Fusco, Out of the Dark is really a “coming out" party in the sense that it's his debut for Criss Cross and it also provides his best recorded moments yet to date. A late bloomer, Fusco started to make a name for himself back in the early '80s when he was a member of the Buddy Rich band that also included Walt Weiskopf at the time. In later years, he would settle down to raise a ...


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