Alan Rosenthal receives an exhilarating review from Take Effect

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Alan Rosenthal

TAKE EFFECT

Alan Rosenthal

Elbow Grease

Street Of Stars, 2019

8/10

Listen to Elbow Grease

A New York City native with a long history in both classical and jazz music, Alan Rosenthal brings a hefty amount of piano to Elbow Grease, as vibraphones, saxophones, bass and drums complement the fun.

“Another Sky” gets the album off to a key friendly start with just Rosenthal, and “Up The Kazoo” follows with a horn filled affair of bright, jazzy instrumentation in a full band setting.

Elsewhere, “Drop Me Here” finds playful rhythms in the festive spirit of post-bop, while “Guitar Knee” moves with an agile presence as frisky percussion aids the warm keys.

Deeper highlights include Rosenthal’s upbeat version of “They Didn’t Believe Me”, and the lively brass dynamics and swing stylings of “Dextrously”. “Old Fashioned Valentine” ends the listen with bass and drums adding much to the sophisticated yet playful formula.

An extremely varied and well composed outing, Elbow Grease seems like a fitting title as Rosenthal’s hard work certainly pays off in spades on this fluid, imaginative record.

Travels well with: Dred ScottRides Alone; Shawn Purcell- Symmetricity

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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