Reviews

My brother Bob Zottola a truly great artist just posted a review of my recent recordings I really like that captures the essence of what i am trying to do as an artist and i thought I would share it :

My review of Glenn Zottola’s MMO albums.

I Got Rhythm, Too Marvelous For Words and a sneak peek at Tribute to Charlie Parker

The two tenor saxophone albums I Got Rhythm and Too Marvelous For Words should be in the collection of all aspiring jazz saxophonists for with these you will have, in my opinion, a serious study tool for acquiring your own style.

Glenn has somehow magically assimilated the best of the best without any formal or academic analysis but rather by intense admiration and a tremendous amount of what I like to refer to as the “old school sink or swim method” of acquiring mastery.

What I’m saying is whether Glenn is playing “in the style of” Louis Armstrong (on trumpet, of course) Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins or Charlie Parker,  it’s not just an “impression” and never a “forgery” but rather a respectful creation “after” the admired earlier master.

As brothers we have always exchanged ideas including “sneak previews” of our recordings as I was to Glenn’s soon to be released Tribute to Charlie Parker.

I’ll single out one track only because it was inspired by one of Bird’s most beautiful solos and that is Embraceable You. Here Glenn captures the essence of Bird’s unique rhythmical and harmonic melodic lines without ever quoting him!

This is nothing new in the art world for all the masters had their idols whom they would always credit with being their great inspiration. So, when in this rapturous state of admiration they would paint a picture (many times in a museum) and although it was based on the masterpiece, it was not a copy and usually signed “After Rembrandt” or “After Leonardo”

What you have with Glenn’s albums is not just a fine player laying down the melody and then blowing a couple of “hot choruses” but a thoughtful, dare I say, soulful presentation that smacks of an authentic jazz club performance in the Big Apple during the Hay Day of Jazz!

Bottom line, this is something for the aspiring jazz player to not only gain inspiration but as a bonus get to “interact” with some of the finest rhythm tracks ever recorded!

Bob Zottola March 19, 2013

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