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Matt Criscuolo

Matt Criscuolo, a native Bronx, New Yorker, comes out strong with his second release, Lotus Blossom, an outstanding follow-up to his debut release, “Streets of New York”, which spent some well-deserved time on the JazzWeek top fifty chart in 2004. He is again on his way to the jazz week chart at a current position of “chartbound.” Accompanied by a great lineup of musicians: Larry Willis on piano, Phil Bowler on bass, Steve Davis on trombone, Eric McPherson on drums and Ray Mantilla on percussion Criscuolo is establishing himself as a mainstay in the jazz genre. Many saxophonist, take the approach of complete domination within a release

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Four Masters and More

Read "Four Masters and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


After a segment of 21st century music from Andy Fusco, Matt Criscuolo, Wycliffe Gordon and Fred Hersch, we go into celebration mode--saluting Sonny Rollins (with Max Roach) because he IS Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck (with some gorgeous Paul Desmond on the rarely played 'Jazz Goes To College) on their centennial, and 2020 National ...

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Headin’ Out

Label: Jazzeria
Released: 2015
Track listing: Enchanted; Little Niles; At Night; Sippin’ at Bells; Karma at Dharma; R 510 Select; A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; Centripetal; Renee’s Dream.

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Matt Criscuolo: Headin’ Out

Read "Headin’ Out" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Un ben amalgamato, efficiente quartetto con la chitarra di Tony Purrone (suoi anche due dei nove temi in scaletta, “Karma at Dharma" e “R 510 Select") come strumento armonico, firma questo nuovo album (dovrebbe trattarsi del sesto) di Matt Criscuolo. Non aspettatevi novità sconvolgenti, o tratti di particolare originalità, ma una musica del tutto onesta suonata ...

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Blippity Blat

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Shuckin’ The Cob; Blippity Blat; Somethin’ Like That; Generally Not; Inventiscovered; Ronnie’s Tune; The Rock; Dance Cadaverous; The Larry Willis I Know; My Ship.

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Matt Criscuolo: Blippity Blat

Read "Blippity Blat" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Matt Criscuolo is a restaurateur in Connecticut, but also a veteran alto saxophonist and not just a hobbyist with spare finances to record albums. With his fourth outing as a leader, he once again aligns some of the finest jazz artisans such as, pianist Larry Willis and French horn maestro, John Clark. Criscuolo possess a unique ...

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Lotus Blossom

Label: M Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Lotus Blossom, To Wisdom the Prize, The Big Push, Everthing I Have Is Yours, Spirit Waltz, Parakeet Lovesong, Julian's Pencil, Exciting World of Jazz, Song for Kerry, Iron Willis.

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Matt Criscuolo: Lotus Blossom

Read "Lotus Blossom" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Alto saxophonist Matt Criscuolo's sound strikes me as quite distinctive on his second release, Lotus Blossom. The opening title tune is Billy Strayhorn's lovely, wistful composition, featuring Criscuolo dueting with pianist Larry Willis. The altoist's tone has a tart tang, like a drink of lemonade a wee bit short--bracingly so--on the sugar. The underrated veteran saxman ...


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