Mike Ianieri: Big Bang (CD, 74:41); Eyeball Music Volume 1, 1997 Contact info: Ph: 609-786-2551 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cyberhome: http://www.erols.com/second.story/bigbang.html Multi-instrumentalist Ianieri is drums, guitars, guitar synth, bass, keys, voice, and assorted percussion doing upbeat, smooth, Latin-flavored jazz. His compositions and guitar stylings are very Metheny but also reflect a Latin nite-club aura in places. Connie Ianieri's vocals are quite pro and satisfyingly chic-cool. Nice job, Connie! Ianieri's mellow side on acoustic guitar on "In the Clear" and "Water's Edge"comes across very well executed and Connie's vocals recall Flora Purim. This duo has it down -- oh so right for smooth jazz. Quality stuff here. My favorite upbeat track was "September Seven Four" which 11:53 near-fusion piece with that Steps Ahead/ Chick Corea Electrik Band/ Natural Elements feel. Ianieri waxed very Metheny again on electric guitar. Mike, trust me on this, do more of this type composition. This outro cut showcased all that is so very good about Ianieri and friends. Randy Chick does piano, Steve Hyde does trumpet and flugal horn, and Bob Wilson adds various percussion. Denis DiBlasio guests on flute, Jason on acoustic bass, and Jerry DeLoach on soprano sax. Strong recommendations. ~ John W. Patterson
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