MANHATTAN VIBES, BLUE NOVEMBER

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“Blue November” (Emarel Music) is the kind of “under the radar” recording that’s always fun to discover. Formed and led by vibraphonist Christos Rafalides, the group includes former child prodigy, pianist Sergio Salvatore, bassist Mike Pope and drummer Vince Cherico. This modern jazz quartet embraces a contemporary instrumental playing style that’s infectious and groove based. “Blue November” is an entertaining date with plenty of robust interplay and attractive compositions – it’s tuneful and melodically engaging. Beautifully recorded, the group’s sound incorporates varying degrees of world music rhythms, veiling a cover of “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” with a kinetic Latin feel and assigns an unexpected back beat to Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” the other standard tucked in among the album’s fine originals. (10 tracks; 66:13 minutes) Listen to at iTunes and CdBaby.

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MANHATTAN VIBES, BLUE NOVEMBER

Friday, January 25, 2013

MANHATTAN VIBES, BLUE NOVEMBER

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“Blue November” (Emarel Music) is the kind of “under the radar” recording that’s always fun to discover. Formed and led by vibraphonist Christos Rafalides, the group includes former child prodigy, pianist Sergio Salvatore, bassist Mike Pope and drummer Vince Cherico. This modern jazz quartet embraces a contemporary instrumental playing style that’s infectious and groove based. “Blue November” is an entertaining date with plenty of robust interplay and attractive compositions – it’s tuneful and melodically engaging. Beautifully recorded, the group’s sound incorporates varying degrees of world music rhythms, veiling a cover of “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” with a kinetic Latin feel and assigns an unexpected back beat to Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” the other standard tucked in among the album’s fine originals. (10 tracks; 66:13 minutes) Listen to at iTunes and CdBaby.

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