by AAJ Staff
If consistency is a virtue, then Rick Margitza’s second album for the Palmetto label is a truly righteous affair. Memento follows the footsteps of the tenor saxophonist’s seven previous albums offering a melodic program firm on composition and rhythm.
Margitza’s operated in a variety of settings since the late-‘80s when critics heralded him as one of the “young lions”. He started his career as a sideman for Miles Davis; has utilized various ensemble formats on his previous albums; and here ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Amid all the hoopla emanating from the current ensemble of young jazz lions, saxophonist Rick Margitza was himself cited as a young stylist on the move during his late 1980’s emergence on the jazz scene. And now with Margitza’s seventh recording, the saxophonist upholds or maintains his prominent stature in jazz on Heart of Hearts.
Margitza possesses a slender, glowing tone whether performing on tenor or soprano sax. With pieces such as “14 Bar Blues” and “You Must Believe in ...read more
by Mark Corroto
Where could tenor saxophonist and proclaimed young lion go after being anointed by Miles Davis in the late-eighties? Down, you say? Maybe. Rick Margitza did the three-and-out record deal with Blue Note and since has been spotted as a sideman on mostly small labels. Far too many young musicians have repeated this talented composer and musician’s story these days. The BIG record companies pluck a developing talent and ask him/her to lead a band. Careers, like Margitza’s have worked somewhat ...read more