Grady Harp of Amazon reviews Randy Napoleon, Puppets, The Music of Gregg Hill

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5.0 out of 5 stars

Something new (and wonderful) this way comes!

Randy Napoleon - Puppets

The PR notes for this recording are the best description: ‘Puppetry is a performance art form stretching back to Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Puppets on strings with marionettes in front of flashy backdrops were used beyond entertainment. They expressed the feelings of their cultures, sometimes as political statements, and also to induce laughter, romance, lament and even gestures of conflict. This musical depiction of puppets in 2022 is conjured up by Mid-Michigan composer Gregg Hill, and executed by guitarist Randy Napoleon, vocalist Aubrey Johnson, and a stellar all-star jazz ensemble.’

The ensemble – Randy Napoleon – guitar, arrangements & lyrics, Aubrey Johnson – vocals, Rodney Whitaker – bass, Quincy Davis – drums, Rick Roe – piano, Seth Ebersole – bass clarinet, Brandon Rose – bass, Will Crandell – drums, and Gregg Hill – lyrics.

The compositions (all by Gregg Hill) – Andy’s Lament, Fan-O-Gram, The Jazzdiddy Waltz, Lyrica, Moonscape, Puppets, Still Life with Tuba, The Unknown Ballade, Tone Colors, Truck Driver’s Blues, and Wide River

Fascinating and top-notch music and performances, this recording has something for every jazz lover!

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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