Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, guitarist and composer Rale Micic (pron. Rah-Leh Mee-chee-ch) skillfully fuses culture with timeless jazz. Rale has come a long way - from a young boy struggling to have his music heard on the European jazz scene to being one of the most original guitarists in New York City today.
With his debut album 'Bridges' released on CTA Records in 2003, Rale Micic created cult-like following among music fans with his mix of jazz and haunting melodies from the Balkans. On his latest release entitled Serbia, recently released on CTA Records, Micic establishes himself as one of the most inventive voices on the music scene today. He is joined by renowned Grammy-nominated trumpet player Tom Harrell, Bob Reynolds on tenor, Sean Conly on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.
Rale Micic recently signed an endorsement deal with D'Addario strings, joining the likes of guitarists Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Lenny Kravitz.
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i've recently produced two albums by two great artists: "The Hours" by Alma Micic and Uros Markovic Gospel Jazz Trio "Jesus Saves".
"The Hours" is already receiving praises by critics (Downbeat, JazzTimes, JazzWise, etc.)..."Jesus Saves" will be out next month on CTA Records, powerful trio led by drummer Uros Markovic. check them out - here are the links:
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.