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Michael O'Neill & Kenny Washington: New Beginnings

Read "New Beginnings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Multi-reedist Michael O'Neill gets top billing here, but there's little doubt that the star attraction is singer Kenny Washington, one of the most under-recognized vocal talents operating today. O'Neill, perhaps Washington's greatest supporter and promoter, doesn't hide that fact when discussing the music presented here: he notes that “the arrangements are unique settings, and Kenny's the ...

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Roberto Magris Quintet: Mating Call

Read "Mating Call" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though drummer Idris Muhammad may be the only member of the group to elicit nods of recognition here in the States, Italian pianist Roberto Magris' quintet is world-class in every respect, consistently affirming its singular prowess on Mating Call, the second release from Paul Collins' Kansas City-based J-Mood Records. Magris also headlined the label's initial ...

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Roberto Magris Quintet: Mating Call

Read "Mating Call" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pianist Roberto Magris has never shied away from exploring, whether bringing European and American jazz musicians into the ambit of his Europlane Orchestra, or merging hip-hop, new age music and new jazz with his Alfabeats Nu Jazz. For Mating Call, Magris set his sights firmly on mainstream jazz, with three of his originals and four other ...

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Roberto Magris: Mating Call

Read "Mating Call" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

For the contemporary jazz composer, inclusion of standards on a recording can sweeten the offering for those more traditional tastes. If the standard is treated with invention and grace, it can also inform those tastes, encouraging further listening. Italian pianist/composer Roberto Magris achieves both with Tadd Dameron's “Mating Call." Dameron's performance of his composition appeared on ...

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Michael O'Neill: Ontophony

Read "Ontophony" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

Ontophony means something like “the voice of being." Like several developments from traditional Scottish beginnings, this music was born in Canada: funding came from the Canada Music Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, et aliis Canadiensibus.

Bagpipes don't have so ancient a history in Scotland, contrary to common misapprehensions. The bagpipe arrived ...

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Michael O'Neill Quintet: The Long and the Short of It

Read "The Long and the Short of It" reviewed by Stephen Latessa

On The Long and the Short of It, the Bay Area-based Michael O'Neill Quintet has devised a unique role for featured singer Kenny Washington. Washington sings a number of standards in a fairly straightforward manner, but on the originals by O'Neill, he is essentially used as another horn, vocalizing the melody or harmony along with the ...

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Michael O'Neill: Never Too Late

Read "Never Too Late" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Veteran guitarist Michael O'Neill brings to this album a set of enviable credentials. He worked with Stevie Wonder in the 1980's and has been with George Benson for the better part of 14 years. With that length of time, one expects to hear some of the master guitarist's style and approach in O'Neill. It's there, but ...