Recorded live at the legendary Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, SC, Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott, and Eddie Metz perform an hour s worth of unpretentious, mainstream jazz musical gems. Top-flight drummer Metz appears regularly at Disney World and has performed with Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Clark Terry. Bassist Parrott performs vocals on two selections, displaying her lovely, plaintive singing voice beautifully. Sportiello s jazz piano stylings wow the audience as he performs perfect stride and mainstream jazz piano in his original, charming manner.
Originally from Roseville, CA, Molly made her jazz vocal debut at the age of 11 with the Reynolds Brothers’ Rhythm Rascals at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Since moving to New York City in August of 2003, she has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, as well as with the preeminent 1920s-style orchestra, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. She is a member of Gordon Au’s Grand Street Stompers, and appears on the band’s Christmas album, released in November 2012. Molly also performs periodically with the gypsy jazz group Fête Manouche and with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band, both of which spotlight her as rhythm guitarist as well as vocalist…
Tenor Scott Hamilton hit the scene on the 70s, playing in the classic style of Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins. In 1977, he recorded his debut album for Concord Records, with whom he would have a long recording career. Hamilton formed his own quintet in the early 1980s and developed a style that was very much his own. Backed by Rossano Sportiello on piano, Hassan Shakur on bass and Chuck Riggs on drums, this set from Smalls Live is one of Hamilton's best.
Swing to bop tenor saxophonist Harry Allen breezes along in style with his rounded and literate sound on yet another album, this time of New York City - inspired show tune standards played with heart and easygoing feeling. Several tracks feature the excellent trombonist John Allred, who by now should be garnering more attention as a Top Five performer on his instrument in the mainstream jazz world, and proves all he is worth alongside Allen. The tracks without the extra horn are not as interesting, but certainly give their share of pleasure for Allen's fans who enjoy his post - Lester Young/Stan Getz derivations. Pianist Rossano Sportiello is a crown jewel in these songs that glide along effortlessly, buoying Allen's swing on the lesser-known "Rose of Washington Square" from the repertoire of Red Nichols, a solidly-in-the-tradition "Broadway Melody," and Cole Porter's steady "Down in the Depths of the 90th Floor" (sung many years ago by Ethel Merman) with a drum intro by veteran Chuck Riggs.