Straight outta the heart of Texas comes Mark Tonelli, a former student of the legendary Kenny Burrell, and of the prestigious Univ. of North Texas. Now an educator himself, Mark Tonelli delivers no-nonsense straight ahead jazz through his 5 featured original compositions with a very Burrell/Farlow inspired sound and feel. The ensemble is tight, the music is intruiging, and Tonelli's tone (no pseudo-pun intended) is pure and reminiscent of the legends while keeping the ideas in the present. 3 1/2 star set, and definitely worth checking out for those of you who enjoy pure hearted and powerful straight-up jazz guitar.
Artist / Group Name:The Mark Tonelli Group
Genre:Straight-Ahead / Classic
Tracks:Night Shadows, Nine Miles From Home, Free, The Inner Game, Sluppy
Musicians:Mark Tonelli (Guitar), Paul Tynan(flugelhorn), Akira Sato(trumpet), Jeff Fort(sopr sax), Chris Reigger (alto sax) Tito Charneco (tenor sax), DAvid Winslow(trombone), Dan Haerle (Piano), Matt Wigton (bass), Brad Boal (drums)