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Silent Voices

Label: Jazz Compass
Released: 2017

Silent Voices

Label: Jazz Compass
Released: 2017
Track listing: Days of Old; Walk the Talk; We Three; Messin' with Messiaen; Silent Voices; Message to Andre; Manhattan Getaway; Sideways; Baby Blue; 22nd Street Waltz; The Hang; Days of Old (Take 2).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pat LaBarbera Kirk MacDonald Quartet with Adam Nussbaum & Kieran Overs: Silent Voices

Read "Silent Voices" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The oxymoronic title of Silent Voices belies and simultaneously validates interesting things about this recording. Far from silent in its artistic message, it is an intelligent, evocative, and brilliantly communicative effort. Its “voices" dominate, ring loud, and are intensely passionate. Most stentorian, they emanate from deep within the respective creative wellsprings of these four superior performers. ...

Caravan

Label: Jazz Compass
Released: 2014
Track listing: Caravan; Voyage; Roman Notes; Atlantis; Forgotten But Not; Incompatible; Accordin’ to Gordon; Trinacria; Young Rabbits.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John La Barbera Big Band: Caravan

Read "Caravan" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Summoning Juan Tizol's travel-worn “Caravan" to raise the curtain on a big-band album poses a challenge for any arranger, one that John La Barbera easily brushes aside on the third recording as leader of his own ensemble. And while “Caravan" dazzles in La Barbera's capable hands, it is merely the opening salvo in a session that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John La Barbera Big Band: Caravan

Read "Caravan" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily--and the triple-legged image on its national flag--are also known as the “Trinicria." That name translates as--and also describes--the triangular shape of the island. Whether that's a geo-historical lesson or not, the three La Barbera Brothers--John, Joe and Pat have established themselves as a most formidable familial trio in jazz history, ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA

Read "The La Barbera Brothers: Jazz DNA" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

It's an interesting phenomenon how certain families enter and distinguish themselves in this marvelous world of jazz--The Joneses, Heaths, Candolis, Royals, Breckers, Mangiones, and others. Over the last five decades--even many more if one goes farther back to when they were young children playing in the family band with Mom and Pop--the La Barbera Brothers--John, Joe ...

Silver Streams

Label: Jazz Compass
Released: 2012
Track listing: Afluencia; Bradley's, 2am?; Monkey Tree; Bite Your Grandmother; Jade Visions; Silver Streams; Grace; E.J.'s Blues.

Silver Streams

Label: Jazz Compass
Released: 2012

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Joe La Barbera Quintet: Silver Streams

Read "Silver Streams" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

If there is a stream of any kind that runs through Silver Streams by The Joe La Barbera Quintet, it is the flow of energy--intense to the point of ignition--that is tapped. No meandering “Old Man River," this team drinks from the source with gusto and unified creativity. That shouldn't be a surprise, since La Barbera ...


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