Listening to the new CD release, THE CARL MICHEL GROUP (+), is a jazz listener's delight! This collection of original songs by Carl Michel highlights excellent solo work and a lively contemporary jazz feeling!
9 songs including "Les Can," "Skippin," Jitterbug," "Cold Pizza," "Song for Tomorrow," "Forbidden Fruit," "You Probably Will," "C.T.," and "N.O. Blues" make this one of the entertaining jazz CDs to come out so far this year! Carl Michel is a master of the guitar, and it is very evident in his melodic work throughout this collection.
Gerald Cleaver lays down some excellent drum passages on every selection as does Tim Flood on his bass! Mike Graye on alto saxophone and Andrew Bishop on tenor saxophone and clarinet provide nice solo work as does Paul Finkbeiner on trumpet and flugelhorn and Chris Smith on trombone.
Ellen Rowe gives added spice and style to the songs with her flawless piano performances. Rowe's solo work in this collection is both entertaining and exciting.
A CD collection which constantly surprises and delights, THE CARL MICHEL GROUP (+) is something every jazz listener will want in her or his collection as an example of contemporary jazz at its finest with excellent solo performances. A wonderfully jazzy collection sure to please! Excellent!