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Gerry Niewood, who has been somewhat under-recorded since his days with Chuck Mangione in the 1970s, is heard throughout this boppish set in top form. Whether on alto, tenor, baritone, or flute, Niewood sounds distinctive and inspired. Among the highlights of this straight-ahead set are the samba "Ruby," which has a flute melody and a strong alto solo, two-tenor jams with Gerry's son Adam on "Cheek to Cheek" and "Doxy," a baritone/guitar duo with Gene Bertoncini on "I Concentrate on You," a heated tenor/bass/drums trio version of "Just One of Those Things" in the style of Sonny Rollins, and a beautiful baritone solo on "All Too Soon." Throughout this definitive date, Gerry Niewood shows just how strong an improviser he has always been. Highly recommended.

Biography

Born: 06 April 1943 in Rochester, NY

Genre: Jazz

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

Gerry Niewood was best known for his association with Chuck Mangione. Niewood was a talented multi-instrumentalist who had appealing sounds and styles on tenor, soprano, and flute. He attended the University of Buffalo and first joined Mangione's band in 1968, but continued studying until he gained a degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1970. Niewood was with Mangione through 1976 and appeared on most of his famous records, adding a strong jazz flavor to the music; however, his solo career...
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