August 17th – My New CD

My new CD August 17th includes 7 jazz standards and two originals and featuring Bill Moring-bass, Tim Horner-drums and engineered by Chris Sulit.

From the liner notes of the CD;
2020, a pan-f—-n-demic! – much of this time was boring at best and although i didn’t completely mind chilling at home, by midsummer i was missing my musical brothers Bill Moring and Tim Horner – things had been opening up a bit and on August 17th i booked a session at Trading 8’s with engineer Chris Sulit and as we were limited to three players i went in with Bill on bass and Tim on drum set – we recorded chordless trio with trumpet but i also played some piano

Bird’s centennial was in 2020 so we played four tunes, three he had composed: “Now’s the Time”, “Red Cross”,
“Confirmation”,and a ballad he was associated with (although not always happily): “Lover Man” – Johnny Mandel had recently passed, I was always an admirer of his writing so i recorded three of his tunes: “Theme from MASH”, “Emily”, and “A Time For Love” – at the time i had recently written a line that came into my head while listening to Miles’ “Bitches Brew” (entitled the more PC “Witches’ Soup”), so we recorded that – i also decided to write a Blues the day of the session, coincidentally the same day the bowling alleys re-opened on Staten Island, hence the title “Lucky Strike Blues” – being with Bill, Chris, and Tim (after not very much happening creatively) made for a beautiful day, a wonderful time spent

i wanted the spontaneity of the musical experience in this session, all first takes issued (we only did one second take
on one tune anyway) no solo overdubs (later by me on a head or two) – personally, i sometimes felt a tad rusty, but we put some heart out there that day, August 17, 2020 —
Michael Morreale

Songs:

  1. Now’s The Time 5:34
    (Charlie Parker, Atlantic Music Corp., BMI)
  2. Red Cross 5:45
    (Charlie Parker, Atlantic Music Corp., BMI)
  3. Lover Man 5:51
    (James O. Davis, Jimmy Sherman, Roger J. Ramirez,
    Universal Music Publishing Group,Sony/ATV Music Publishing)
  4. Confirmation 4:47
    (Charlie Parker, Atlantic Music Corp., BMI)
  5. Suicide is Painless (Theme from M.A.S.H) 7:40
    (Johnny Mandel, Michael B Altman, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.)
  6. Emily 7:27
    (Johnny Mandel/Johnny Mercer, Johnny, EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group)
  7. A Time For Love 4:14
    (Johnny Mandel/Paul Francis Webster, Warner Bros. Music Div., ASCAP, GEMA)
  8. Witches’ Soup 5:24
    (Michael Morreale, JimNinoMusic, ASCAP)
  9. Lucky Strike Blues 4:44
    (Michael Morreale, JimNinoMusic, ASCAP)

Performing with The OMNI Ensemble at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

I will be performing with the The OMNI Ensemble when it begins its 36th season of concerts at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

The program will feature a quintet of notable New York jazz players performing standard and not so standard pieces by Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Ralph Towner, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard,  and others.

Musicians performing are David Wechsler – flutes, Mike Morreale – trumpet, Jacob Matheus – guitar, Jennifer Vincent –bass, and Eli Rojas – drums.

Brooklyn Conservatory
58 Seventh Ave,Park Slope, Brooklyn

https://omniensemblenov17jazz.eventbrite.com

Review of MilesSong from The Midwest Record 03/05/18

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

MilesSong -The Music Of Miles Davis Released on December 15, 2017

I’m excited to announce the release of of my latest solo CD MilesSong -The Music Of Miles Davis is now available at Amazon and iTunes.

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.

Love And Influence Reviewed by Tom Hull On The Web

Michael Morreale: Love and Influence (2013-16 [2017], 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]
Tom Hull

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