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Warm by Larry Nozero

Larry Nozero has been a major figure on the Detroit jazz scene for 40 years, capable of many styles, including the mellow, almost light-jazz quality of the disc at hand. The appropriately entitled disc is a delightful, seductive musical blanket for a chilly winter day in front of the fireplace. From the delightful Michel Legrand opener, "Nobody Knows," the mellow tone is set. Harmonica and strings embrace Nozero’s warm alto and Todd Carlon’s orchestration embellishes the master altoist deliciously. The Jobim follow-up, "Passarim" reminds of classic Bud Shank and Legrand’s "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" is enhanced by the lush piano of Carlon and more inviting warm alto work from Nozero. John Williams’ "In The Moonlight" has a decidedly pretty Paul Desmond quality, while Quincy Jones’ gorgeous "Quintessence" is awash in a string section that creates a cushion over which Nozero plays quick-witted and slightly quick-stepping lines. The version offered here of Mancini’s "Lovers in New York/Breakfast at Tiffany’s" medley massages the ears. "Tenderly" is played with breathy lines that impress and even the version of "Chances Are" is impressive. This is music for romance, and as such is a gorgeous testament to the altoist’s command of the instrument and ability to set a mood. Beautiful.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Larry Nozero
  • CD Title: Warm
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Dominic/Nozette
  • Rating: Four Stars
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