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The Joe Roccisano Nontet by Joe Roccisano

The late Joe Roccisano was one of the most creative players and arrangers in the jazz world, but only musicians and a few jazz fans knew of his talents. Over the years he played in or contributed to the books of Warren Covington (Tommy Doesey Orchestra) Louie Bellson, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and even Steely Dan. He fronted his own rehearsal bands in Los Angeles and New York. This recording presents Joe with his last group, The Nontet. Take the compositions of Coltrane, Mancini, Carisi, Bernstein, Porter, and Jobim, then let Roccisano add his touch to them, the results are outstanding!

Joe's light alto is featured along with the burning tenor of Tim Ries with Jack Stuckey's baritone at the bottom, Bill Charlap's fine piano is heard to good advantage on "Charade".

The horns of Bob Millikan and Greg Gisbert shine throughout. "Some other time" features some dynamite trumpet work with a background that is ever so lush. Conrad Herwig's trombone eats up "So In Love" with so much fire that I expected smoke to emerge from my CD player. And the fabulous stick work of Terry as he sets the pace. "America" starts in a Latin vein, and then bam!! it's off to the races. Herwig is tour de force, Gisbet flys, Charlap is fleeting. The piece charges on and on to a roaring climax.

Joe Roccisano was one of the special jazz masters. Phil Woods contributes some very moving liner notes regarding his dear friend.

This is a must to add to your collection.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Joe Roccisano
  • CD Title: The Joe Roccisano Nontet
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Doubletime Records
  • Musicians: Joe Roccisano: alto saxophone, Flute, arranger; Tim Ries: Tenor saxophone, Flute; Jack Stuckey: Baritone, saxophone; Bob Milikan: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Greg Gisbet: Trumpet; Conrad: Herwig-Trombone; Bill Charlap: Piano; Doug Weiss: Bass; Terry Clarke: Drums
  • Rating: Five Stars
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