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Album Review

Mike Melillo's salute to Bud Powell features a program made up of mostly very familiar tunes by his favorite pianist. With bassist Massimo Moriconi and drummer Giampalolo Ascolese along for the ride, Melillo's formidable technique is up to the challenges of the hard-driving "Hallucinations" and "Un Poco Loco," while he is hardly fazed by the twists and turns of "Tempus Fugit." The pianist tackles Powell's richly textured "Oblivion" unaccompanied. There's even one obscurity from the Powell canon, "Sure Thing," which is primarily a solo feature for the leader, though the rhythm section makes a brief appearance. Melillo's one original of the session is the laid-back "Alternate Changes," which fits right in with the overall mood of this recommended CD. The only disappointment is the lack of liner notes explaining his choice of songs; one also wonders if a take of "Parisian Thoroughfare" might be lurking in the label's vault.


Born: June 9, 1939 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Jazz

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

Mike Melillo is an excellent modern jazz pianist who would be much better known in the jazz world had he not relocated to Italy. After attending Rutgers, Melillo led the house trio at the Tap Room in Clifton, New Jersey, where he had an opportunity to work with many top jazz musicians. He was part of Sonny Rollins' band from 1965-1967, co-led a group with guitarist Harry Leahey in 1967, and then concentrated on composition, living on a farm in New Jersey and, starting in 1973, the Poconos. Melillo...
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Alternate Changes for Bud, Mike Melillo
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 1995

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