Manny Echazabal saxophone dynamic debut Manny Echazabal – Short Notice

Manny Echazabal saxophone dynamic debut Manny Echazabal – SHORT NOTICE:  Obviously, this is my first listen to Manny’s excellent tenor sax work, since it’s a debut release (the CD doesn’t officially release until 17 September, 2017; I’ll come back and put in the sample links as soon as they’re posted).  He pulled together some high-talent young players to achieve maximum impact… Tal Cohen on piano, Dion Kerr doing bass and David Chiverton on drums are all top-of-the-line pros, as you’ll hear on the super-mellow closer, “Unknown Identity”… I would most strongly recommend that you listen to this album with headphones on, at least for your first sitting.

To get a real sense of just how dynamic their playing is together, please be sure to watch this fine clip of them performing the title track, “Short Notice”, on YouTube:

…remember, that’s only a clip… the full song clocks in at 6:26, and will blow you away… great solid jazz full of hope and high spirit!

Readers who check out my reviews frequently know that I’m a firm believer in “original is real”, and all nine tunes on this 51-minute release were written by Manny, so that goes a long way towards my highly favorable impressions of the album… there’s no question in my mind that you will love my personal favorite, the 5:08 “The Green Monk”… he says that he “wrote the tune to capture the bird’s unpredictable moods” – in relation to his pet green monk parrot, of all things… a great tune that I spin often on my iPhone player!  I give Manny and his musical pals a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine freshman release.  Get more information about Manny at his website.     Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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