CD by the Al Maniscalco Quartet has arrived!!
More In My Heart is the most expressive and emotionally charged
recording by the Al Maniscalco Quartet to date. Featuring six powerful
compositions by Maniscalco himself, this record also offers compositions
by long time friend and band-mate Eric Kennedy, Italian pianist Davide
Calvi, and a fresh rendition of the Bill Evans standard “Time
Joining the quartet for this recording is renowned pianist
George Colligan, whose reputation has grown in part to his work with Cassandra
Wilson, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico. He has toured the U.S.,
Asia, and Europe as both a sideman and leader, and has been featured on
some 60 recordings, 13 as leader. He is continually in demand as a
sideman by many prominent jazz artists including Gary Bartz, Vanessa
Rubin, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, and Robin Eubanks. George has received
numerous awards and grants as a performer and composer, most recently
from Chamber Music America.
Eric Kennedy has been a member of the Al Maniscalco Quartet
since 1996. In 1990, Eric toured Europe with O.T.I.N. for two years and
made his debut recording. Upon returning to the States in 1993, Eric
continued his music studies with jazz great Leroy Williams and Jamal
Wilson. Eric has performed and or recorded with Curtis Fuller, Richard
Wyands, Gary Bartz, Paul Brown, Keter Betts, Dave Hubbard, Gary Thomas,
Greg Osby, Cyrus Chestnut, John Swana, John Pattitucci, Ingrid Jensen,
and The Eubie Blake Big Band among others. His compositions have been
featured on recordings by Kelly Shepherd, and Al Maniscalco, and the
soundtrack to the independent film, The Big Muddy.
Rounding out the rhythm section is bassist
Jeff Reed. Having recently
completed his formal studies in Jazz, Jeff has quickly become one of the
first call bassists in the greater Baltimore/Washington area. He has
been featured on numerous recordings by many regional artists, and has
performed with Gary Thomas, Billy Hart, Ethel Ennis, George Colligan,
and Mark Gross among others.