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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
Things just seem to sizzle when piano player David Torkanowsky is around. Perhaps it is his dramatic, dark looks, the gift of a German composer father and a flamenco dancer mother. Perhaps it is just his raw talent coupled with experience in the clubs of New Orleans. Whatever the reason, the music explodes on this CD, which is a gem for anyone who is a fan of the group, Astral Project, of which Torkanowsky is a member. Astral Project is the most revered contemporary jazz group in New Orleans. Torkanowsky is joined by the group's bass player, James Singleton, its extraordinary drummer, Johnny Vidacovich, and guitarist Steve Masakowski. Only the ensemble's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
Things just seem to sizzle when piano player David Torkanowsky is around. Perhaps it is his dramatic, dark looks, the gift of a German composer father and a flamenco dancer mother. Perhaps it is just his raw talent coupled with experience in the clubs of New Orleans. Whatever the reason, the music explodes on this CD, which is a gem for anyone who is a fan of the group, Astral Project, of which Torkanowsky is a member. Astral Project is the most revered contemporary jazz group in New Orleans. Torkanowsky is joined by the group's bass player, James Singleton, its extraordinary drummer, Johnny Vidacovich, and guitarist Steve Masakowski. Only the ensemble's saxophonist, Tony Dagradi, is missing. Ably standing in on saxophone is Rick Margitza, a veteran player with the likes of Ellis Marsalis. Also contributing are premier musicians Bill Huntington on bass, Donald Byrd on trumpet and flügelhorn, and Herlin Riley on drums. Together, they capture the New Orleans sensibility, backing Torkanowsky as he moves with breathtaking speed from an out-there riff to a clever reference to a classical music composition. Many of the tunes are written by members of the musical aggregation. Notable among them are Torkanowsky's title cut composition, along with "Melody for Jaco." The group steps out on the Margitza/Torkanowsky collaboration, "Big Grease," and they bring it on home with Margitza's "Dance Farewell."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1994
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661209046
  • Catalog Number: 2090

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Torkanowsky Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Steve Masakowski Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Herlin Riley Drums
Donald Byrd Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bill Huntington Bass, Bass Guitar
Rick Margitza Tenor Saxophone
Chris Severin Bass, Bass Guitar
James Singleton Bass, Bass Guitar
Johnny Vidacovich Drums
Technical Credits
Ellis Marsalis Liner Notes
Scott Billington Producer, Art Direction
David Farrell Engineer
Nancy Given Adaptation
Tom Coyne Mastering
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