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With his program of nine originals and one traditional Serbian folk song, guitarist Rale Micic paints jazz's modern mainstream with a palette of beautiful colors. His guitar, along with trumpet and tenor saxophone, provides a warm reflection that allows the listener to settle in comfortably for an extended study session. Like all true art, his compositions and the quintet's interpretations leave plenty of room for his audience to explore. His pieces contain variety and an adventuresome sense of swing.
Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Micic moved to the United States in 1995 to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in New York now and appears to be comfortably immersed in the city's modern jazz scene. Micic's electric and nylon-string guitars allow him to interpret his music with convincing authority. Sean Conly's "Far From Home comes with a built-in longing that stretches out placidly. Both bassist and guitarist interpret this one with emotions bared. Micic's "Lucky Number rambles on the other side of the spectrum with a hip ensemble sound that sparkles enthusiastically.
Tom Harrell's trumpet and Micic's guitar give "Together a delicate fragility that connotes a deep love for its theme. The members of the quintet interpret this one with hearts worn on their shirtsleeves. Serbia, a moody tone poem in 7/8 meter, reflects the Eastern European flavor that Micic grew up with. Through this closing number, he's able to capture the true spirit.
The New York jazz scene, and by extension jazz's modern mainstream, has Rale Micic to thank for a portion of its continued growth. Of the many directions available in modern jazz, he's chosen one of the most wholesome for his expressive pursuits.
Track Listing: Dimitrije, Sine Mitre; Song for Alma; Through the Night; Lucky Number; Far from Home; Together; Blessing; By Your Side; Happiness; Serbia.
Personnel: Rale Micic: guitar; Tom Harrell: trumpet, flugelhorn; Bob Reynolds: tenor saxophone; Sean Conly: acoustic bass; Gregory Hutchinson: drums.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com