Mike Ianieri

Big Bang

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Multi-instrumentalist Ianieri is drums, guitars, guitar synth, bass, keys, voice, and assorted percussion doing upbeat, smooth, Latin-flavored jazz. His compositions and guitar stylings are very Metheny but also reflect a Latin nite-club aura in places.

Connie Ianieri's vocals are quite pro and satisfyingly chic-cool. Ianieri's mellow side on acoustic guitar on "In the Clear" and "Water's Edge" comes across very well executed and Connie's vocals recall Floria Purim. This duo has it downoh so right for smooth, quality jazz. Notable upbeat track was "September Seven Four" which 11:53 near-fusion piece with that Steps Ahead/ Chick Corea Electrik Band/ Natural Elements feel. Ianieri waxed very Metheny again on electric guitar. This outro cut showcased all that is so very good about Ianieri and friends. Randy Chick does piano, Steve Hyde does trumpet and flugal horn, and Bob Wilson adds various percussion. Denis DiBlasio guests on flute, Jason Long on acoustic bass, and Jerry DeLoach on soprano sax.