BOB HANLON / MARK MINCHELLO - CAMERADERIE Some great camaraderie here between tenorist Bob Hanlon and Hammond organist Mark Minchello – working in a mode that begins with some of the soulful tenor/organ currents of the 60s, but also takes off with a more contemporary flow too – thanks to some very fluid rhythm work on most of the tracks! The album's got no bass – Minchello handles all of that beautifully with the pedals on the organ – but drummers Andy Watson and Pete MacDonald often have this loose, skipping quality that opens up the music – maybe in the manner of older players like Billy Higgins or Hugh Walkers on some of the more forward-thinking organ records of the 60s – almost fast-modal, if we had to give it a name! Other players join in from track to track – and the set includes guitar by Vic Juris, Bob Devos, and Charlie Sigler – plus guest alto from Anton Denner on one track. The pair wrote some great original tunes for the record, too – titles that include "Lovessence", "Sambesque", "Jazz Orbits", and "Flat Tire Blues" – alongside versions of "Will You Still Be Mine" and "A Sound For Sore Ears".  ~ Dusty Groove” - Dusty Groove

— Jazz Chill Music

Bob Hanlon & Mark Minchello: Camaraderie by George W. Harris • April 10, 2017 • 0 Comments Mark Minchello brings his Hammond B3 to team up with meaty toned tenor saxist Bob Hanlon with a rotating rhythm team of Vic Juris-Bob Devos/g, Pete MacDonald-Andy Watson/dr and guest alto saxist Anton Denner for nine upbeat and toe tapping tunes. Juris’ rich tone and post bop licks work well on the peppy “Sambesque” and “Lovessence” while Devos bluesy strings stretch out on “Everything Happens to Me.” Hanlon’s horn is palpable as he flexes the biceps on “Close Your Eyes” and the rhythm team delivers a snappy and irresistible backbeat for Minchello’s Leslie’s to burst at the seams on “”Flat Tire Blues.” This one’s a blue plate special, sticking to your ribs. ” - George Harris

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Mark Minchello: Trinomial by George W. Harris • January 12, 2015 • AH! The Hammond B3 trio with sax and drums, and Hammond hitter Mark Minchello makes the team wheeze, groove and fog up an interesting and well thought collection of tunes. They keep away from the blues and instead venture into uncharted waters by doing tunes not usually associated with this genre. Wayne Shorter gets a couple songs, and both “Wild Flower” and “United” work remarkably well with smoky fog and gentle lilts  on the former and a joyful sashaying dance on the latter make for some great moments. Hanlon’s tenor is molasses rich with Minchello’s deep vamps on “Blue in Green” while Hanlon’s soprano walks through the hues on his on his own “Here’s The Thyme.” Bob Devos brings his guitar in on a couple of welcome tracks, gliding through a slick groove on Hanlon’s “River” and adding some slines on “United.” The band sounds coy on the flavorful “Nobody Else But Me” and joyfully struts on Thelonious Monk’s “Eronel.” Bravo for song selection and mood creation. SteepleChase Records” - George W. Harris

— Jazz Weekly

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Fortuna / Goldsbury / Minchello / Grassi, the Last of the Beboppers I get to hear albums these days that in the days when I had money to spend I would probably never have considered. A nice example is The Last of the Beboppers (FM 018) by Maciej Fortuna (trumpet), Mack Goldsbury (tenor sax), Mark Minchello (organ) and Lou Grassi (drums). The album features an original or two by each plus an arrangement of Bach's "Minuet in G. It's straight-ahead all the way on this one. The compositions serve up a hard-bop stew and the players all gather their own expressive means to realize music in the tradition but originally so. Goldsbury has fire and brimstone in his tenor, Fortuna plays a hard but lyrical trumpet, Minchello gives us the Hammond sound updated and Lou Grassi drums with conviction. I've never heard Lou in this context but he sounds very comfortable and inventive, as do the others. Do we need more straight-ahead jazz? Not just for its own sake. But when it comes across sincerely and clearly and there is something original in all they do, it is welcome. I am glad to have it and hear it. Grego Appelgate   ” - Grego Applegate

— Gapplegate Music Review

In jazz, some of the best moments are the most intimate ones, as this duet album with pianist Mark Minchello points out. He teams up with a variety of horn players for cozy interpretations of jazz standards and ballads. There isn’t a weak link in the change here, as he evokes images of Ellington and Coltrane on with soprano saxist Bob Hanlon on a tender “In a Sentimental Mood” while Hanlon’s baritone on “Blame It On My Youth” is thoughtful and reflective. Tom Christenson’s tenor has a lithe warmth on “Soul Eyes” and Anton Denner’s flute is gloriously vulnerable on “I’m A Fool To Want You.” Minchello knows when to be supportive, veering in and out of the spotlight like a tenor in a Mozart opera, working well with Rick Savage’s trumpet on the shadowy “Lament.” You feel like you’re taking in deep conversations here, and everyone has respect for the melody enough to improvise with thought and feeling. Impressive!” - George Harris


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