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)