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Keep Steppin'

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Alto saxophonist Mike Dirubbo is firmly in neo-bop mode on his Criss Cross debut, which also features trumpeter Jim Rotondi, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Dwayne Burno, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. The quintet opens with LeDonne's "Encounter," a fast workout over "Love for Sale" changes. They carry on with a pair of Dirubbo originals -- first the gentle three/four bossa "Introspection," then the title track, a Lee Morgan-esque blues also in three. Pulling out all the stops, they launch into an insanely fast "End of a Love Affair." Each solo is more dazzling than the previous one; the take climaxes with LeDonne's brilliant foray (listen carefully for his ingenious ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Alto saxophonist Mike Dirubbo is firmly in neo-bop mode on his Criss Cross debut, which also features trumpeter Jim Rotondi, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Dwayne Burno, and drummer Joe Farnsworth. The quintet opens with LeDonne's "Encounter," a fast workout over "Love for Sale" changes. They carry on with a pair of Dirubbo originals -- first the gentle three/four bossa "Introspection," then the title track, a Lee Morgan-esque blues also in three. Pulling out all the stops, they launch into an insanely fast "End of a Love Affair." Each solo is more dazzling than the previous one; the take climaxes with LeDonne's brilliant foray (listen carefully for his ingenious reference to Victor Feldman's "Joshua"). A sensitive quartet rendition (sans trumpet) of McCoy Tyner's "Sunset" gives Dirubbo a chance to showcase his unusually rich alto sound. Winding down, the group evokes early-'70s Freddie Hubbard with "Around the Way" (co-written by the leader and Rotondi), swings a bit slower on the angular "Mike's Move," clears the way for an alto/drums duet on "Solar," and signs off with a ten-minute-plus take of Sam Jones' blues "Bittersuite." Dirubbo and company win no awards for innovation, but there are few people who can play this kind of music this well. A real pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Criss Cross
  • EAN: 8712474120529
  • Catalog Number: 1205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Encounter (8:14)
  2. 2 Introspection (8:04)
  3. 3 Keep Steppin ' (7:05)
  4. 4 The End of a Love Affair (9:04)
  5. 5 Sunset (6:42)
  6. 6 Around the Way (7:58)
  7. 7 Mike's Move (4:47)
  8. 8 Solar (4:34)
  9. 9 Bittersuite (10:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike DiRubbo Primary Artist
Mike LeDonne Piano
Dwayne Burno Bass
Jim Rotondi Trumpet
Joe Farnsworth Drums
Technical Credits
Gerry Teekens Producer, Cover Design
Max Bolleman Engineer
H. Bloemendaal Cover Design
K. Hasselpflug Executive Producer
Edward Redding Composer
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