Magical masterful jazz Michael O’Neill – AND THEN IT RAINED: In addition to Michael’s superb reed work (tenor, alto and soprano sax as well as clarinet), you’ll also hear piano from Michael Bluestein, drums by Jason Lewis and acoustic bass from Dan Feizli… truly magical masterful jazz. Michael’s sax just shimmers with life as you’ll see when you watch this (much earlier) video from a live performance…
…the new album goes “official” on 18 September, 2020, so I imagine you will see more live performances when you SUBSCRIBE to Michael’s YouTube channel (hint! hint!).
What always makes a jazz album stand out for me is when the music is all original, and as you listen to the high energy Michael and his musical pals project on the uplifting “Early Spring“… at 5:16, it will be a perfect pick for jazz DJ’s all across the globe!
The splendid title track, “And Then It Rained“, is, in his own words, “my musical description of a mild tropical afternoon storm“… Michael’s superb soprano sax on this one is full of crystal-clear images, and truly impressive.
From a purely jazz energy standpoint, “Maverick´s Samba” is right up there at the top of my list for favorites… it immediately earned a slot on my iPhone player, something that’s reserved only for the very BEST jazz!
There are so many great moments on this eleven song jazz gem that I had to listen back through twice to make my choice for personal favorite… the 6:16 “Cloudscape” takes me back all the way to Stan Getz… you’ll just love the comfort Michael’s beautiful playing wraps you in as you listen to this tune.
I give Michael and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this sweet sonic adventure. Get more information on Michael’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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