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Charlie Apicella: Groove Machine

Read "Groove Machine" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Groove Machine, Charlie Apicalla & Iron City serves up a gumbo of styles that run from New Orleans blues and Chicago funk to Motown and New York bop. The combination makes for a “groovy" listening experience—road music that will keep the head nodding and the mind trucking. Apicella penned five of the eight numbers on ...

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Charlie Apicella & Iron City: Big Boss

Read "Big Boss" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Thank god for groove music. In an era when needless complexity often dominates, it's nice to encounter a throwback record that's built on feel-good rhythms and soulful declarations. That's what Big Boss is all about.

Sparks (Carlo, 2009) set things in motion for this band, as guitarist-leader Charlie Apicella planted his flag in ...

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Charlie Apicella & Iron City: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Guitarist Charlie Apicella & Iron City get down to the gritty business of delivering variations of funk and soul jazz on The Business, a well-crafted, vibrant grind of guitar-organ sounds supported by percussion and saxophone voices in an exciting quintet format. Though Apicella's playing style has been compared to that of Wes Montgomery, he also has ...

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Charlie Apicella and Iron City - The Business (2011)

Charlie Apicella and Iron City - The Business (2011)

There's an irresistible swagger to old-fashioned, grease-popping soul jazz records, something so far removed in this hidebound era of button-down classicists. Everything about it—the left-hand blasts of organ, the scrappy guitar riffs, the flame-kissed sax retorts—just says: Party. Charlie Apicella and Iron City's The Business, newly issued by CArlo Records, is no different. From the initial title-track ...

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Iron City: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Charlie Apicella and his band mates mix it up nicely with these originals and jazz standards, disavowing a rough-hewn presence and sporting a piquant mode of execution. The artists morph a somewhat traditional blue collar approach to the classic organ-combo into a contemporized product. The band may not 't reinvent the genre, but the diverse ...

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Charlie Apicella & Iron City: The Business

Read "The Business" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Charlie Apicella and Iron City have funk, groove, and insistent swing on The Business. Nominally a guitar/organ/drums trio, this date adds the tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley and conguero Mayra Casales, to fill out the sound. Apicella exhibits a sturdy competence on guitar, with an emphasis on getting all the basics right--never resorting to flame-throwing arpeggios, and ...

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Iron City: Put the Flavor On It

Read "Put the Flavor On It" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

How is it that a record can sound so pleasant but at the same time disappoint? That is the case with Iron City's Put the Flavor On It.

Iron City is an organ trio led by guitarist Charlie Apicella and presumably named after the legendary album by Grant Green, John Patton and Ben Dixon. Although this ...