The Michael O'Neill Quintet, featuring Kenny Washington

The Long and the Short of It

Jazzmo Records JR001

Steve Campos, flügelhorn; Michael Bluestein, Murray Lowe, piano; Alan Hall, drums; Peter Barshay, bass; Danilo Paiz, percussion

Attention Music Lovers, it matters not what your tastes are, Jazz, Blues, World, Rap, etc.,etc., you'll want to add this one to your collection. The date leader, Michael O'Neill, plays all reed instruments, wrote four of the songs, and produced the album. The title of the CD is The LONG and the SHORT of it. It's long on great writing, incredible arrangments, outstanding musicians, and a vocalist who is exceptional. The short of it for me is I wish there were more songs, the eight you get will not dissapoint you. This is world class music played with intensity and focus.

Steve Campos on trumpet, Peter Barshay on bass, Alan Hall on drums and Michael Bluestein on piano, with the incrediable voice of Kenny Washington, (not to be confused with Jazz drummer, Kenny Washington). Michael plays tenor, soprano, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute. The songs I love are "Masai," "Kilimanjaro," "Caravan," "It's Alright With Me," "Grey Whale Cove," "The Nearness Of You," "I Know What Love Is," and "Bye Bye Blackbird." In otherwords, I love all of the songs and I have a feeling you will also....Enjoy.

by Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs

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