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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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Fred Hess: The Long And The Short Of It

Read "The Long And The Short Of It" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Fred Hess writes dreamy music. Not music that is otherworldly or romantic or visionary per se, but dream inducing, at its plain meaning. His compositions beg for improvisation and its players are required to open up to the possibilities.

The right mix of players is a key to making his music work. The ...