My latest cd “Vol 2: Milessong The Music Of Miles Davis” has been playing on the Jazz After Hours show, hosted by Jeff Hanley, on Public Radio International. The show airs weekly on 49 different station across stye U.S.
A review of my latest CD “MilesSong”:
“…The trumpeter with chops to spare finds every sweet spot that can be mined on this double album, volume two to what might well turn into a series seeing how much music Miles Davis left to be explored and re-evaluated. Utterly tasty stuff throughout, this 14 song sideways glance at his entire career gives you all you need to feel what Morreale feels and dig deeper. Hot stuff that’s a helluva gateway drug.”
– Midwest Record 03/05/18
This music has been a part of my performing for long time, usually in quartet form, For me the totality of Miles’ career is of value and this concept is reflected in the 14 selections on the two disc set.
Recorded and engineered by Chris Sulit at Trading 8’s Music in Paramus, N.J.on February 17, 19, March 8, and 15, 2016, the CD include musicians Tony Regusis – Steinway piano and Fender Rhodes, Bill Moring – acoustic bass, electric bass on “Spanish Key” and Tim Horner – drums, percussion on “Spanish Key” and “Bitches Brew” and myself on trumpet, keyboards on “Bitches Brew”
MilesSong was produced and arranged by myself with “Bitches Brew and “Spanish Key” produced by myself and Chris Sulit
Executive Producer: Nino Morreale.
Michael Morreale: Love and Influence (2013-16 , Blujazz, 2CD): Trumpet player, also some flugelhorn and piano, based in New York. I don’t know of any previous albums, but hype sheet says he’s been active thirty-some years, and I’ve seen a number of side credits, especially with Joe Jackson. Mainstream, with Jon Gordon on alto sax, lots of piano. First disc is brighter and sharper; second includes a vocal. B+(*) [cd]
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My new CD, is entitled, Love And Influence.
Most of the music on this album was composed and performed in concert at the College of Staten Island’s Recital Hall from 2009 included Vinnie Ruggieri on piano, Bill Moring on bass, and Tim Horner on drums.
I put quotes on the word “working” because in recent years we played rather infrequently, usually just for the concert performances. The four of us had been playing together since 2000, when Tim Horner joined the group. Bill Moring is the next senior member from 1991, Vinnie Ruggieri and I played together since 1983.
The Quartet was originally formed as the Staten Island Chamber Music Players Jazz Quartet, under my direction from 1983 to the organization’s disbanding in 2008. We also played in SI clubs and other venues.
Vinnie died suddenly about two weeks before this recording. At that moment I wanted to quit, period, but at his service I decided this recording had to go on. I am so thankful to Tony Regusis for stepping in on the piano chair. His commitment to this project on short notice will always be treasured.
I had decided adding two other horns would benefit the project greatly, and therefore I am indebted to Jon Gordon and John Allred for playing up to their impressive reps for this endeavor.
Chris Sulit’s ears and talent from the engineering chair was invaluable; he’s a part of the band on this album. One of the compositions also included wordless vocal. I wrote the melody with the voice of Linda Soria in mind and in person she certainly did not disappoint.