Flautist Matt Marvuglio is the Dean of the Berklee College of Music's Professional Performance Division and with this album one can easily see why he was appointed to that post. Preconceptions creep in when I pick up a flute CD. First, the harmonic range possibilities are more limited than other instruments; second, the music is guaranteed to be smooth and saccharine. Marvuglio and his cohorts put those unwarranted preconceptions to rest with some sterling swinging throughout this CD, mixed with some romantic ballads played with feeling and imagination. The presence of vibes player Ed Saindon is a major factor in the successful outcome of the session. Listen to his clean percussive sound he gets from the metal bars on such tunes as a cleverly arranged "On Green Dolphin Street", with Barry Smith's bass getting plenty of play. Marvuglio has a decided lilt to his instrument when he's playing the melody line. Then when he starts to move away inserting his own ideas, he does so with a sense of confidence that makes the music take on a life of its own. The interplay between Marvuglio and Saindon on the classic "Stella by Starlight", with the flute riding the melody and the vibraphonist roaming around underneath before he takes his solo, makes for a worthy melange of sound and structure. The icing on the cake is added as Smith sneaks in with his dark bass lines. Yet "Kick the Can" seems to be an excuse for the flautist to wander up and down the instrument without any real purpose in mind. But this is a rare drop off the performance.
It's clear from the outset of this that session these three professionals have settled on the way they want to present the play, strong, innovative and above all swinging. These objectives are admirably met and this album is highly recommended.
Track Listing: On Green Dolphin Street; I Love You; Why Cry; 18th Child; Kick the Can; Stella by Starlight; Like Someone in Love; Punk; Someday My Prince Will Come; I Don't Wanna Be Kissed
Personnel: Matt Marvuglio - Flute; Ed Saindon - Vibes; Barry Smith - Bass
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.