Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Mark Egan is known for his outstanding rhythm section contributions to many groups, including the Pat Metheny Group, Gil Evans, Pat Martino, Larry Coryell and Sting. For his new release, "Truth Be Told", he's assembled a super quartet featuring Bill Evans on sax, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Mitch Forman on keyboards. It's one of Egan's strongest recordings to date.
"What I love about Iron City's CD is the tight ensemble playing and well crafted solos. As a member of Grover Washington's band, we had the nickname 'The Locksmiths;' we were so tight, yet responsive to the soloist. I feel Charlie's compositions capture the flavor of our music in the 1970s where you put the groove first." So says violinist John Blake about Sparks, the new release for guitarist Charlie Apicella & Iron City, which keeps the flame alive in the legacy of the funky organ trio.
Vibraphonist Joe Locke and his quartet offer up "For the Love of You", featuring pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist George Mraz and drummer Clarence Penn, with Kenny Washington adding some vocal touches.
Organist Matthew Kaminski is the latest find for Tony Monaco and his Chicken Coup label with his debut disc, "Taking My Time."
And Bay Area guitarist George Cotsirilos and his trio apply a progressive, modern jazz treatment to a mix of original and classic compositions on "Past Present."