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Charles Socci – The Visit and For Joey


Charles Socci, The Visit The Visit



Charles Socci, For Joey

For Joey



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The Visit (1997 Brownstone Records)

  1. Alex And Norma (Socci) Download MP3
  2. Ujaama (Archie Shepp)
  3. You Go To My Head (F.Coots) Download MP3
  4. It Might As Well Be Spring (Richard Rogers) Download MP3
  5. The Visit (Charles Socci)
  6. Hale-Bopp (Peter McEachern)
  7. Hedy’s Song (Socci)
  8. I-95 Drive (Socci)
  9. Green Dolphin Street (B.Kaper)
  10. Jumpin The Blues (J.McShann)

Charles Socci: Alto, Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Peter McEachern, Trombone
David Berkman, Piano
Tony Scherr, Bass
Matt Wilson, Drums (Matt uses Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks and is appearing courtesy of Palmetto Records)

Recorded at Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, NY April 1997 by Michael Brorby | Mixing and Mastering at Current Sounds, NY, NY by Bob Ward |
Produced by Charles Socci

Socci, a long-time student of bebop giant Jackie McLean, teaches
and plays with the Steve Lord Big Band and the New England Jazz Ensemble. Socci’s fire and ideas
motivate this accomplished group (which includes two of bassist Cecil McBee’s ensemble,
Pianist David Berkman and drummer
Matt Wilson).
The album features four originals by Socci, including “The Visit” inspired by a dream
(with appropriately weird moments), and Hale-Bopp,” a blues over a 7/4 rhythm by trombonist
Peter McEachern. Socci moves to alto for a sometimes raw reading
of “You Go To My Head .” Archie Shepp’s modal Ujaama” pulses with energy and zest.
Bassist Tony Scherr
sets up an infectious samba on “It Might As Well Be Spring” and the quintet digs deep into Jay McShann’s
“Jumpin’The Blues.” – Dave Burns, Jazz Times

Socci’s been a long time student of Jackie McLean –
so long in fact that he switched from alto to tenor in order not to sound too much like him. And forunately
on The Visit, he doesn’t. His band has a diverse resume that doesn’t stick to the bop scene: ranging
from Scherr who’s played with Al
DiMeola, Woody Herman, Norah Jones and the Lounge Lizards,
to McEachern‘s regular gigs with bluesman Clarence “Gatemount Brown”.
Nonetheless, its still a very bop influenced band and McLean fans will find Socci’s release carrying on the
altoist’s sylistic legacy. Tight, creative playing throughout; with ‘It Might As Well Be Spring” considered a
highligt by this writer. – Dave McElFresh, Cadence Magazine

For Joey (1994 Independent)


  1. Gingerbread Boy (J. Heath) Download MP3
  2. Little Love (C. Socci)
  3. A Day in Newport (C. Socci)
  4. Appointment in Ghana (Jackie McLean)
  5. Beatrice (Sam Rivers)
  6. Solar (Miles Davis)
  7. Skylark (H. Carmichael) Download MP3

Charles Socci: Alto and Tenor Saxophone
David Berkman, Piano
Tony Scherr, Bass
Eric Halvorson, Drums

Recorded to eight track ADAT using vintage Telefunken and Neuman microphones and Neve pre-amps. The session was recorded at Michael Brorby’s Acoustic Recording in Brooklyn, New York and mixed and mastered by Bob Ward at Current Sounds in Manhattan.

Produced by Charles Socci

Charles Socci with The New England Jazz Ensemble, Storm Before The Calm

Storm Before the Calm – at
The New England Jazz Ensemble is a performance group, as well as a composers forum, comprising regionally-based artists in both big-band and small-group configurations. It features original and contemporary arrangements and compositions, much of it generated by the ensembles members.

The group is helping to perpetuate the uniquely American large jazz ensemble as an art medium. It accomplishes this and its other goals by encouraging the writing of new work, addressing culturally diverse audiences, educating the public about jazz, sharing the band’s wealth of expertise with the public in the form of concerts, educational forums and programs, and through guest performances and recordings. The New England Jazz Ensemble thus supports the opportunities for professional jazz artists to be employed in their specific areas of expertise in order to maintain the integrity of the jazz community in the region.

This recording – – the group’s second – – documents a 1997 recording session, but was not released until February of 2000. Freewheeling, outstanding soloists, and exciting arrangements that allow for freedom of expression, without falling into musical anarchy, is the hallmark of this outfit. The slinky “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired” has sinuous brass work with a high-powered trumpet solo by Phil Person followed by Charles Socci’s clarinet. “Isotope” features exceptional ensemble work by all the band’s sections behind the thumping drumming of Jim Royle and the imaginative bass strumming of Steve Bulmer. These two members of the rhythm section maintain an effervescent rhythmic pace throughout the album. Bronislau Kaper/Paul Francis Webster’s haunting “Invitation” gets a face lift with a brighter than usual arrangement by John Mastroianni featuring the reed section where the clarinets dominate resulting in a happy light sound. “Calm Before the Storm,” arguably the most serious piece on the album, slips into a classical mode from time to time and spotlights a soft, sensitive trombone by Tim Atherton. Works by giants of jazz Joe Henderson and Don Cherry receive well-informed readings. The album of mostly new music with creative arrangements played by outstanding, well-schooled musicians who have a vested interest in this cooperative organization is highly recommended. Dave Nathan, All Music Guide

Peter McEachern Trombone
Mike Peipman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Wampler Trombone
Kris Jensen Clarinet, Flute, Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
John Mastroianni Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Charles Socci Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Merz Flute, Alto Saxophone
Tim Atherton Trombone
Mike Jones Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Phil Person Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Sporny Trombone
Hank Zorin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mike Jones Flugelhorn
Lisa LaDone Reeds, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Steve Bulmer Bass, Bass Guitar
Steve Fitzko Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Walt Gwardyak Piano
Charles Socci Reeds
Walt Gwardyak Piano
Chris Merz Reeds
Dave Sporny Trombone
Dave Wampler Bass Trombone
Jim Royle Drums
Rex Denton Flugelhorn

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