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LIVING TRIBUTE

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“All good at conveying to the listener what is the essence of this music, swing, ease in executions, the fluency of improvisations.  The rhythm does its job extraordinarily . . .”

Vittorio Lo Conte, Music Zoom

http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=27661 – .WTZEHdykK70

 

“I found the soulful (even “gospel-like”, I’d say) “Crossing Over” to be very aurally attractive, and dance-able… I have no doubt you’ll be up & dancin’ ’round the living room when you hear this one.”

Rotcod Zzaj Aka Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews -July 8, 2017

 

“I’ll be right here, waiting for another distinctly Jazz album led by guitarist-composer and brilliant leader LARRY NEWCOMB.”

Toni Basanta

DJ Host of The Cuban Bridge on the radio

“Newcomb’s  clear electric guitar work stands out on his own ‘Band of Brothers’”

Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, July 2017 Translated to English

“An admirable quartet date enriched by the masterful presence of the great Bucky Pizzarelli. still swinging in his ninetieth decade.”

Grady Harp, Amazon, July 5th, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/review/RQHJQ0HHK5VJ5/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

“Melodic, improvisational, and always in control, this is an album where the music is far more important than any individual player. A wonderful piece of work.

Kev Rowland — 2017-06-08 — Jazz Archives

“Larry Newcomb walks the guitar handle with ease and pleasure and we glue little velvety solos between the ears.”

François Becquart

http://www.musicinbelgium.net/pl/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=8692

 “Morningside Heights is dedicated to Bucky Pizzarelli and named after the neighbourhood where Larry and his wife, Mary lived for 5 years.  On this track the guitar playing keeps the momentum going whilst each member of the quartet performs a highlight session and the whole track showcases Larry Newcomb’s excellent swinging arrangement.”

Tim Rolfe, Sandy Brown Jazz, UK

http://www.sandybrownjazz.co.uk/reviews2017.html#LarryNewcombLivingTribute

“…. The album is made in the best traditions of instrumental swinging jazz and for sure will bring lots of pleasure to the jazz-guitar fans, which is represented here by the performance of not one, but two masters: Newcomb on electric guitar and ageless Pizzarelli on acoustic. In addition, two vocal tracks by Jonaitis are like a cherry on a pie.”

JazzQuad, Leonid Auskern

http://jazzquad.ru/index.pl?act=PRODUCT&id=4682

“It [Living Tribute] is a record that works thanks to the great professionalism of the musicians involved.”

Vittorio Lo Conte, Music Zoom

http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=27661 – .WTZEHdykK70

“At last, a guitarist who dazzles with his subtlety – not how many notes he can fit into a bar”.

Vocalist Chris Harrison and quoted by Toni Basanta, DJ Host of The Cuban Bridge on the radio

“Round Pond Reunion” composed by Newcomb, thankfully, is relaxed and bouncy with Bucky’s solo successfully complementing Larry’s.”

 Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, July 2017  Translated to English

“Each track is dedicated to fine musicians and as a whole this is one fine tribute that not only touches the ears but also the heart.”

Grady Harp, Amazon, July 5th, 2017 https://www.amazon.com/review/RQHJQ0HHK5VJ5/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

“… just listen to the tasty opener, “I Remember You“, to hear how wonderful Larry and his group sounds.  The key word for all these tunes, in Larry’s capable hands, is “intimate.”  From a jazz guitar perspective, though, it was easy to pick “Alone Together” as my personal favorite of the eleven fine songs offered up for your jazz listening pleasure.  Get more information at Larry’s website (& be sure to go see him if he’s playing near you).” (Bucky Pizzarelli, acoustic archtop guitar, Leigh Jonaitis, vocals, Eric Olsen, piano, Dmitri Kolesnik, bass, Jimmy Madision, drums) on the jazz classics.”

Rotcod Zzaj Aka Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews -July 8, 2017

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“Each one of the trio is muscular and point-on, bold and unabashed…when not setting back in classy accompaniment, more than satisfied to embellish the affair with diamonds and silk.

Mark S. Tucker, — provocateur, hector, meta-anarchist, ISSUE 1,303 JUNE 2017

“Larry is an incredibly thoughtful guitarist, never using a multitude of notes when just a few will do, concentrating instead on the tone he is getting out of his instrument, and fitting in with the music around him.”

Kev Rowland — 2017-06-08 — Jazz Archives

“The Quartet, with Bucky sitting in on seven of the 11 tracks and Leigh Jonaitis adding to the appealing atmospherics with two personable vocals on Newcomb originals, plays with expected precision and synchronicity, but not without a certain swinging je ne sais quoi—that is to say, they feel the music”

Deep Roots Magazine

http://deeprootsmag.org/2017/08/13/make-that-loving-tribute/

“Blessed with a marvelous tone and a swinging melodic sense, guitarist Larry Newcomb’s latest album is a tribute to some individuals who had a significant impact on him as a guitarist such as the late Dick Hall, Jim Hall, and Bucky Pizzarelli (who Newcomb studied under and adds his acoustic archtop guitar, mostly playing rhythm in a Freddie Green fashion to 7 or the 11 tracks) and in other ways as his family.”

Jazz & Blues Report, July-August 2017 (Issue 373)

“A jazzbo guitarist with nearly half a century under his belt pays tribute to his influences either by doing a signature song of theirs or writing something from the heart that shows how he feels.”

Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher, MidWest Record

http://www.midwestrecord.com/MWR1230.html

“Living Tribute gets under your skin in a good way.”

Deep Roots Magazine

http://deeprootsmag.org/2017/08/13/make-that-loving-tribute/

“A felted atmosphere for club boom reigns on this album, ideal to relax at the end of the day and find the soul of the jazz seen by the guitar.”

François Becquart

http://www.musicinbelgium.net/pl/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=8692

“Larry, a solid jazz guitarist, learned from Bucky, Pat Martino, Mark Elf and Howard Roberts.  One can hear Howard Roberts in Larry’s playing…”

 Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, July 2017 Translated to English

“Even Gene Bertoncini noted Larry has worked out a completely original style, that he “means every note he plays”.

Mark S. Tucker, — provocateur, hector, meta-anarchist, ISSUE 1,303 JUNE 2017

“Much of the charm of the performances on “Living Tribute,” are because of the restraint often shown along with the invention and lyricism manifest throughout in the solos and the solid ensemble playing.”

Jazz & Blues Report, July-August 2017 (Issue 373)

“The disc solos are very fluent and swinging, one listens with pleasure at how they are able to convey the essence of this genre with ease.”

Vittorio Lo Conte, Music Zoom

http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=27661 – .WTZEHdykK70

“About the Quartet – it’s unique!  They let each other shine when time to improvise comes.  No noise behind the solos, but a talented tapestry.

Toni Basanta, DJ Host of The Cuban Bridge on the radio

“The more you listen, . . . you soon realize you’re playing this music at all hours of the day, and it always sounds right. Now that’s a living tribute.”

Deep Roots Magazine

http://deeprootsmag.org/2017/08/13/make-that-loving-tribute/

“If you appreciate Bucky Pizzarelli’s traditional feel-good guitar swing that makes you relaxed and comfortable, you are exactly in the right place.”

 Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, July 2017 Translated to English

“LIVING TRIBUTE showcases two old-school guitarists, Dr. Larry Newcomb on electric guitar, and Bucky Pizzarelli on unamplified Benedetto arch-top a la Freddie Green…”

Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, July 2017 Translated to English

“The vocals bring another dimension with some clever lyrics and a beautifully modulated clear voice adding to the quartet’s already skilful playing.”

Tim Rolfe, Sandy Brown Jazz, UK

http://www.sandybrownjazz.co.uk/reviews2017.html#LarryNewcombLivingTribute

“Vocalist Leigh Jonaitis sings with a mature and charming purity on two of Newcomb’s originals: “One Heart Ain’t As Great As Two” and “Love is Here”

Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, July 2017 Translated to English

“It was an easy album to listen to with strong melodic lines throughout, timely solos and a range of solid beats and lyrical rhythms. Somehow the words I have written do not seem to reflect my overall enjoyment in listening to the release!”

Tim Rolfe, Sandy Brown Jazz, UK

http://www.sandybrownjazz.co.uk/reviews2017.html#LarryNewcombLivingTribute

“Even after the first listening to the album, it is clear that this is a “great music spectrum”, because most of the jazz-orientated albums have other genres.”

Mihály Czékus, Hifipiac Jazz

http://www.hifipiac.hu/zene/81-lemezajanlo/1538-larry-newcomb-quartet-bucky-pizzarelli-living-tribute.html

“I Remember You”  features a classic Bucky Pizzarelli chord solo.  Larry’s playing is reminiscent of Howard Roberts and Al Caiola.

 Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, July 2017 Translated to English

“The newest album of New York guitarist Larry Newcomb is not a tribute to one particular artist, but to several.  His quartet, which includes: Eric Olsen (piano), Dmitri Kolesnik (bass), Jimmy Madison (drums), Leigh Jonaitis (vocal), is joined Bucky Pizzarelli (acoustic guitar), now 91. Larry opens with the classics . . .  The remaining tracks are new compositions, also assigned to fellow musicians.

Patrick van de Wiele, Keys and Chords

http://www.keysandchords.com/reviews-bubbling-cds-blog/larry-newcomb-quartet-with-bucky-pizzarelli-living-tribute

“On “Alone Together” bassist Dmitri Kolesnik takes the lead.   After a tremendous solo, he gives unwavering support under Larry’s octave guitar solo.”

Alexander Schmitz, Jazz Podium, July 2017 Translated to English

“Listening to a live legend is really a great experience.”

Mihály Czékus, Hifipiac Jazz

http://www.hifipiac.hu/zene/81-lemezajanlo/1538-larry-newcomb-quartet-bucky-pizzarelli-living-tribute.html

 

 

CLIFFHANGER

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“CLIFFHANGER” by Larry Newcomb
featuring Dmitri Kolesnik on Bass, Mike Camoia on Tenor Sax and Larry on Guitar.
Here I am, eating crow, and looking forward to a dish of humble pie for dessert.  I am listening to a new session by my friend, the guitarist Larry Newcomb, and eating a very large plate of crow.  I was wrong; the guitar-tenor combination can be a wonderful one, in the right hands.  If anything, the instrumentation is even sparer than most of the guitar-tenor quartets since Larry’s group is a trio, co-starring tenor Saxophonist Mike Camoia and bassist Dmitri Kolesnik.  There’s no drummer, but you wouldn’t notice it (honestly, the first time I played the CD through it never even occurred to me that there was no drummer).   Keeping any kind of a tempo without a drummer is difficult, actually swinging without one is close to impossible… click here to read the full review
Review – WILL FRIEDWALD, Jazz Critic, NEW YORK SUN

 

 

NOTHING BUT THE HEART

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“Your Nothing But the Heart” CD is great. Your guitar solo on “All I Gotta Do” reminds me of Carlos Santana.”
Reuben Wilson
Legendary Hammond B3 Organist with Blue Note and Records, and organist on “Nothing But the Heart”)