Nick Mondello

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09/11/12    Albums

Bop! Bang! Boom!
Grant Geissman

Bop! Bang! Boom! strings skunky funk, down home B-3 blues, classical snips and quirky bop boogaloos with eclectic elegance. Title notwithstanding, the end result of this mix is a smash supreme. Long recognized as a guitarist’s guitarist by way of his marvelous...

09/11/12    Albums

Bop! Bang! Boom!

Bop! Bang! Boom! strings skunky funk, down home B-3 blues, classical snips and quirky bop boogaloos with eclectic elegance. Title notwithstanding, the end result of this mix is a smash supreme. Long recognized as a guitarist’s guitarist by way of his marvelous...

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09/11/12    Albums

Bop! Bang! Boom!

Bop! Bang! Boom! strings skunky funk, down home B-3 blues, classical snips and quirky bop boogaloos with eclectic elegance. Title notwithstanding, the end result of this mix is a smash supreme. Long recognized as a guitarist’s guitarist by way of his marvelous...

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07/06/12    Albums

This Time/Last Year
Kris Berg & The Metroplexity Big Band

With “This Time/Last Year” multi-talented bassist, composer, arranger and educator Kris Berg brings together some of Dallas-Ft. Worth’s foremost jazz talents to deliver a very classic, highly entertaining large ensemble effort. And, when these local bests...

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06/27/12    Albums

Blossom & Bee
Sara Gazarek

L.A.-based vocalist Sara Gazarek’s fine offering, “Blossom & Bee” might be appropriately framed as a garden of bursting color, imagery and musical delight. Everything about this terrific recording shouts talent, beauty, rhythmic and melodic wit...

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06/22/12    Albums

Transitions

There’s an odd but interesting phenomenon frequently in play today in jazz wherein a recorded effort attempts to “move ahead” by looking back on the past and “playing tribute” moebius-like. In some instances, the effort works only on the “playing tribute”...

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06/20/12    Albums

A Different Porgy and Bess
David Linx/Maria Joao and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra

Different? Indeed. Distinctive? Absolutely. “A Different Porgy and Bess” featuring vocalists David Linx and Maria Joao with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra delivers a performance of taste, elegance and magnificence. This highly unique effort not only reverently...

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06/17/12    Albums

Earth Games 2012

With this performance, Italian composer/trombonist Nicola Ferro has delivered compositions of brilliance in a recording of beauty, intelligence and significance. Using a four-suite format with each suite consisting of shorter individual selections all Cosmologically...

06/12/12    Community Articles

Cold Snap

There are sophisticated elements present in this engaging effort that are metaphorically reminiscent of the Romantically-storied discipline of fencing swordplay. Opponents meet, salute, assume postures and launch into parries, thrusts and lunges in an energized...

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05/20/12    Albums

Rainbows for Ramon
The Black Butterflies

Referencing talented saxophonist Mercedes Figueras’s newest family addition, this collection of musically exotic selections lives up to its name as a multi-colored beauty. Rare as a rainbow’s sighting to have such creative power, improvisational intensity...

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05/14/12    Albums

Red Eyes
Mina Agossi

With Red Eyes, French-Beninese chanteuse Mina Agossi dives delivers an array of eclectic selections drawn across a darker-shaded palette of blues, rock, folk-country, bossa nova and jazz. There are interesting elements here, highlighted by Agossi’s unique...

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About Nick Mondello

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Nick Mondello is a pro trumpeter, educator/clinician, consultant and freelance writer. He attended the Berklee School of Music and holds B.A., M.S., MBA and Ed. Admin. degrees from LIU/C.W. Post Center. He is the author of "365 Trumpet Lessons" (Note-A-Day Publishing). Nick is a SONARE Trumpets Artist..

Nick Mondello joined the JazzTimes community on May 14, 2012