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Mike Melito: The Next Step

Read "The Next Step" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The Next Step is the third recording session led by Mike Melito, a Rochester, New York-based drummer who often draws on talent from the New York City jazz scene. To his credit, Melito doesn't hire players like trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, and bassist Neal Miner for the credibility their names bring to his ...

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Mike Melito Quintet: The Next Step

Read "The Next Step" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Drummer and bandleader Mike Melito makes it clear in his liner notes that the music on this album is dedicated to the spirit of Blue Note Records during the 1950s. And he succeeds admirably. For his third album, Melito has assembled a fine quintet featuring trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, both of whom ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: The Next Step

Read "The Next Step" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Electric guitarist/composer Kurt Rosenwinkel extends his wares while attaining or perhaps advancing to loftier heights on his second release for “Verve” records, titled The Next Step. Here, the guitarist and long time band-mate, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner share the bulk of the soloing in conjunction with bassist Ben Street and drummer Jeff Ballard who provide the ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: The Next Step

Read "The Next Step" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Electric guitarist/composer Kurt Rosenwinkel extends his wares while attaining or perhaps advancing to loftier heights on his second release for “Verve” records, titled The Next Step. Here, the guitarist and long time band-mate, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner share the bulk of the soloing in conjunction with bassist Ben Street and drummer Jeff Ballard who provide the ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: The Next Step

Read "The Next Step" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When you stop to think about it, there are relatively few guitarists on the current jazz scene working to go beyond the boundaries of a mainstream manifesto. Sure, you've got talented youngsters such as Russell Malone, Peter Bernstein, and many others functioning within the tradition. But even as endowed as these guys are, they have not ...

The Jazz Tribe / Ray Mantilla and Bobby Watson: The Next Step

Read "The Next Step" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Another Latin Lovefest. Bobby Watson’s last RED release, Quiet As It’s Kept (RED 123284, 1999, reviewed in AAJ, November 1999) had a decidedly Latin personality. If Quiet As It’s Kept had a “Latin fragrance”, then The Next Step is the spewing plume from an erupting Latin volcano. Almost every band member submits his vision of Latin ...