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Album Review

Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli's second Criss Cross CD, Always There, is easily the equal of his impressive debut. Leading an all-star sextet that has percussionist Daniel Sadownick on two of the eight selections, Magnarelli performs modernized versions of three standards and five of his originals. The music fits securely into hard bop and not only features warm solos from the leader but heated statements and trade-offs by baritonist Gary Smulyan and altoist Jim Snidero. Alternating driving pieces with thoughtful ballads, Always There is a memorable effort and makes one realize that Magnarelli would have fit in perfectly with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli worked as a sideman for various jazz musicians, including Ray Barretto, before making his debut as a leader with his album Persistence, released by Reservoir Music in 2008. The album featured baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan and a rhythm section consisting of pianist...
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Always There, Joe Magnarelli
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  • $18.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 24 February 1998

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