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Michael O’Neill Quintet: Pacific Standard Time

Pacific Standard Time is the fourth album released by the Michael O’Neill Quintet. O’Neill is a fine saxophonist and arranger and on this new platter he delves into the Great American Songbook, rearranging these classics and in the process giving them a fresh vitality. The melodies and musicianship are just so good you will want to hit the repeat button again and again. Vocals are provided by Tony Lindsay (Santana). With the album opening “Just Friends” the sound is uplifting and melodic with an excellent bass figure and wonderful sax work. On Sting’s “Fragile” the piece is given a salsa flair and on the George Gershwin classic “Summertime” the brass is just so flavourful and Tony Lindsay’s vocals are charged with emotion. The revamped “Georgia” resounds with a heartwarming richness and is highlighted with more excellent solo spots on saxophone and piano. Throughout the disc the playing is exceptional and the passion is palpable. O’Neill and his band have treated these classics with the utmost respect they deserve and the results are nothing more than superlative. A Jazzmo Records release.

The musicians:
Tony Lindsay (vocals)
Michael O’Neill (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute)
Erik Jekabson (trumpet and flugelhorn on all tracks except 1 and 7)
Mike Olmos (trumpet and flugelhorn on tracks 1 and 7)
John R. Burr (piano)
Dan Feiszli (acoustic and electric bass)
Alan Hall (drums)
Omar Ledezma (percussion on tracks 2, 5 and 9)

Track Listing:
1. Just Friends (4:57)
2. Fragile (5:26)
3. Summertime (7:07)
4. Georgia (6:31)
5. Have You Met Miss Jones (5:41)
6. The Way You Look Tonight (8:15)
7. Rhythm-A-Ning (5:41)
8. Come Rain Or Come Shine (5:31)
9. Night And Day (5:39)
10. It’s You Or No One (7:19)
11. You Don’t Know What Love Is (5:24)

Added: September 9th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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