recently released his first solo CD, AS THE SUN SETS. In addition to Mike, the recording features pianist Warren Bernhardt, bassists Jay Anderson and Rob Leon, and drummer Peter O'Brien. Drummer Peter Erskine notes "Mike DeMicco's guitar playing displays a unique and pleasing
sensibility. I encourage all lovers of good music to give him a listen."
His diverse resume has contributed to his playing prowess, but the program here is all progressive, creative quartet jazz. It's straight-ahead, but with a contemporary feel. Eight of the nine tunes on this disc are DeMicco compositions, and they're complex, intricate, and original vehicles. They're accessible, yet provide a good jumping-off point for some challenging solos by DeMicco and his bandmates. DeMicco possesses a fluid, melodic style and excellent technique and
For this date, DeMicco has chosen his sidemen well (check the personnel below). Warren Bernhardt, in particular, just kills! He digs deep into each song and creates complex chordal lines, exploiting the changes for all their potential. DeMicco has enjoyed performing with the others in various contexts currently and in the past, so the chemistry among the players is assured. (Blue Forest BFDEM-5701)
MIKE DEMICCO & SCOTT PETITO
Recorded, mixed and mastered by: SCOTT PETITO
Studios: NRS STUDIO
Cover Photography: MIKE DEMICCO
Photography: PAUL BLANKENHEIM & DEBRA BRESNAN
Design by: THE TURNING MILL - Palenville,NY
Mike DeMicco - Guitar
Warren Bernhardt - Piano
Peter O' Brien - Drums
Jay Anderson - Acoustic Bass
Rob Leon - Electric Bass
Vinnie Martucci - Additional Keyboards
2. As The Sun Sets
4. Deb's Dream
5. Lydian Grin
7. Dues Blues
8. Jack Of Hearts
9. Big Sky
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music has flair and energy, and the musicians kick it into high
gear with regularity. DeMicco takes flight on each song,
displaying full clarity while
the strings zing with his quick manipulation …… (he) gives a
fine performance as leader of this band.
Rubolino, Cadence: The Review of Jazz & Blues: Creative
diverse resume has contributed to his playing prowess, but the
program here is all progressive, creative quartet jazz.
It's straight-ahead, but with a contemporary feel. DeMicco’s
compositions are complex, intricate, and original
accessible, yet provide a good jumping-off point for some
challenging solos by DeMicco and his bandmates. DeMicco
possesses a fluid, melodic style and excellent technique and
Hughes, All About Jazz
sound is sparkling, relaxing and breathtaking, the compositions
fully mature, and the players perfectly matched . . . this is
the kind of music that floats you on its many-hued sea. As The
Sun Sets is instrumental jazz in top form.
Paul, Chronogram: Arts, Culture, Spirit
Mike DeMicco has long been one of my favorite jazz
his debut CD "AS THE SUN SETS” Mike swings through an
excellent set with his characteristic warm tone and brilliant
solos. Backed by a team of jazz luminaries, DeMicco shows
off his impressive chops and compositional skills.
Warning: DeMicco's command of the fingerboard will make you wish
you'd practiced more as a kid!