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Album Review

Arranger Vince Mendoza used a wide variety of instrumentation (plus his synthesizers) on this CD, a collection of nine of his compositions. Although there are some strong individual solos (particularly from Joe Lovano on tenor and soprano and guitarists John Scofield and Ralph Towner), the mostly somber moods and forgettable themes make this CD much less interesting than one would expect. Best is "Angelicus" which has a brass choir (three French horns, bass trombone and tuba) stating the melody before it is eventually taken over by Scofield. Otherwise, this is first class mood music, as influenced by classical and light pop music as by jazz.


Born: 17 November 1961 in Norwalk, CT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A versatile arranger and composer, Vince Mendoza's music falls between post-bop and crossover, often being creative jazz with pop sensibilities. Mendoza began playing piano and guitar when he was six and grew up around music. He played trumpet in high school and studied composition at Ohio State University in addition to learning drums and bass. His knowledge of many instruments came in handy when Mendoza moved to Los Angeles and began working in the studios, writing for television and movies. After...
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