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George Garzone: Crescent

George Garzone is a musician’s musician, renowned as both a tenor saxophonist and an educator. But he remains relatively little known to the wider listening public. Perhaps his new album with two of his former Berklee students, much-celebrated bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and her frequent keyboardist Leo Genovese, will help change that. The emphasis … Read More “George Garzone: Crescent”

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Mike Mainieri: Crescent

This inspired two-CD set matches the veteran vibraphonist with German bassist Dieter Ilg and 85-year-old sax legend Charlie Mariano. (The album constitutes one of Mariano’s last recordings, as he passed in June 2009.) A program devoted entirely to John Coltrane’s signature pieces and other tunes associated with the late tenor titan, Crescent features some magical … Read More “Mike Mainieri: Crescent”

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