Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Living Tribute/larry Newcomb Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Living Tribute/larry Newcomb Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli

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* LIVING TRIBUTE/LARRY NEWCOMB QUARTET WITH BUCKY PIZZARELLI (Essential Messenger Recordings EM22017) Larry Newcomb (eg) Bucky Pizzarelli (acoustic g, trks 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 11), Leigh Jonaitis (v, trks 8, 9), Eric Olsen (p), Dmitri Kolesnik (b), Jimmy Madision (d). Paramus, NJ, December 2016. I Remember You/You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To/Morningside Heights/Alone Together/ Round Pond Reunion/Gold Top/Band of Brothers /One Heart Ain't As Great As Two/Love Is Here/Crossing Over/Peace (TT 47:22)

What a contrast we have here between two fine guitarists. Bucky Pizzarelli, born in 1926 and working professionally since 1944, appearing on over 500 record sessions and Larry Newcomb who is a relative newcomer to jazz, having had only a couple of such recording experiences in his pocket. Tom Lord indicates Larry's first recordings date from around 2006. This is not to imply that this latter guitarist is a young man, he is not as he had a long career in rock music. In fact, Larry has studied with Bucky as well as Pat Martino, Howard Roberts and Mark Elf. Yet, here we have these two men, side by side on seven of the eleven tracks just making beautiful music, not that the other tracks are not valid entries. The other three musicians contribute positively both in ensemble as well as solo work. I am of the opinion that Eric Olsen, Dmitri Kolesnik and Jimmy Madision along with Larry Newcomb would make up the working outfit put together by Mr. Newcomb. …

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