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Mike Melillo & Ares Tavolazzi: Almost Blue: Chet Lives

Read "Almost Blue: Chet Lives" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

On Almost Blue: Chet Lives, pianist Mike Melillo and bassist Ares Tavolazzi perform a series of duets consisting of standards and one Melillo penned composition in tribute to his former employer, trumpeter Chet Baker. Simply put, the duo capture the essence of Baker’s sensitive lines, acute utilization of “space” via fluid yet at times sparse phrasing and despite Baker’s predominately downtrodden past, the trumpeter was a notorious romantic often expressed through his hip yet sensuous vocalise. Here, Melillio and Tavolazzi ...


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