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Michael O'Neill

After a recent performance at Yoshi’s, a reviewer enthused that “Michael O’Neill’s saxophone work is extraordinary. He plays with orchestral diction, yet classic jazz chops. It makes him a rare treat.” A San Diego native, Michael began studying clarinet at age eight. He took up the saxophone at thirteen and performed in school bands and orchestras, later studying composition and arranging in college. After graduate school in Texas, he returned to the Bay Area and studied with the great Joe Henderson. Michael’s has created several groups of outstanding musicians that feature his original music.

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Label: Jazzmo Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Just Friends; Fragile; Summertime; Georgia; Have You Met Miss Jones; The Way You Look Tonight; Rhythm-A-Ning; Come Rain Or Come Shine; Night And Day; Its You Or No One; You Don't Know What Love Is

New Beginnings

Label: Jazzmo Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: A Night In Tunisia; On Green Dolphin Street; Stella By Starlight; Creation Of The Universe; It Ain't Necessarily So; Fly Me To The Moon; All The Things You Are; Oh What A Beautiful Morning; The Surrey With The Fringe On Top; Dinah; Nomali.

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Michael O'Neill & Kenny Washington: New Beginnings

Read "New Beginnings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Multi-reedist Michael O'Neill gets top billing here, but there's little doubt that the star attraction is singer Kenny Washington, one of the most under-recognized vocal talents operating today. O'Neill, perhaps Washington's greatest supporter and promoter, doesn't hide that fact when discussing the music presented here: he notes that “the arrangements are unique settings, and Kenny's the ...

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Roberto Magris Quintet: Mating Call

Read "Mating Call" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though drummer Idris Muhammad may be the only member of the group to elicit nods of recognition here in the States, Italian pianist Roberto Magris' quintet is world-class in every respect, consistently affirming its singular prowess on Mating Call, the second release from Paul Collins' Kansas City-based J-Mood Records. Magris also headlined the label's initial ...

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Roberto Magris Quintet: Mating Call

Read "Mating Call" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pianist Roberto Magris has never shied away from exploring, whether bringing European and American jazz musicians into the ambit of his Europlane Orchestra, or merging hip-hop, new age music and new jazz with his Alfabeats Nu Jazz. For Mating Call, Magris set his sights firmly on mainstream jazz, with three of his originals and four other ...

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Roberto Magris: Mating Call

Read "Mating Call" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

For the contemporary jazz composer, inclusion of standards on a recording can sweeten the offering for those more traditional tastes. If the standard is treated with invention and grace, it can also inform those tastes, encouraging further listening. Italian pianist/composer Roberto Magris achieves both with Tadd Dameron's “Mating Call." Dameron's performance of his composition appeared on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael O'Neill: Ontophony

Read "Ontophony" reviewed by Robert R. Calder

Ontophony means something like “the voice of being." Like several developments from traditional Scottish beginnings, this music was born in Canada: funding came from the Canada Music Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, et aliis Canadiensibus. Bagpipes don't have so ancient a history in Scotland, contrary to common misapprehensions. The bagpipe arrived ...

The Long and the Short of It

Label: Jazzmo Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: It's Alright With Me; Masai; The Nearness Of You; Kilimanjaro; Grey Whale Cove; Caravan; I Know What Love Is; Bye Bye Blackbird.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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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