Mark E. Gallo

Mark E. Gallo

It’s interesting that the opening tune on this Detroit homecoming for saxophonist James Carter, Oscar Pettiford’s "Tricotism," would feature a second line drumming confi…
There was a time in the mid-1970s when it seemed like every band in my hometown of Detroit played the sort of music that Groove Apparatus favors here, classic straight-ahea…
Guitarist Joel Newton’s self-produced One showcases an adventurous guitarist with chops to spare. Based out of New York, he and his band One re-invent the early jazz…
This self-produced acoustic guitar gem is the work of a man on a mission. Rick Washbrook is, you may have surmised, a fan of jazz guitar great Lenny Breau. There are moment…
Ability in acting does not assure musical talent, nor vice versa. The entertainment world is rife with crossover artists who have nothing to bring to the table. This is dec…
This brilliant collection from reeds player Tom Bergeron and his quartet of Keller Coker (trombone), Page Hundemer (bass) and Dave Storrs (drums) is marked by Bergeron's in…
Lenny Breau has been considered one of the shining lights of jazz guitar since he exploded onto the scene in the 1970s. Unfortunately, drug problems dimmed that light forev…
Trumpeter Paul Smoker’s Brass Reality was released in 2000. It sometimes takes some catching up to realize the importance of a disc. The concept here is to combine t…
Nancy Wilson calls him the reason she sings. Listen closely and you'll hear Scott in Wilson's voice and delivery. For the uninitiated, a close listen to Scott also convince…
Regina Carter's approach to the violin is both succinct and authoritative. That is to say, she doesn't come to the show to mess around. The former leader of Straight Ahead …