Jim Santanella - All About
of Neal Miner's The Real
A bassists album is sure
to provide that certain sound.
Neal Miner takes the melody
in hand and walks it gently
around the studio. His quartet
prefers straight-ahead jazz
with an emphasis on melody.
Standards provide instant recognition,
while Miners five swinging
originals add fresh sounds.
A lyrical bassist, Miner blends
a rich tone and seamless phrasing
into his interpretations. Mainstream
jazz of this nature usually
means waiting for the bass solo
and hoping that the audience
will stay quiet. With his debut
session as a leader, Miner makes
sure that his audience gets
the real deal. Guitar,
saxophone and drums share the
solo spotlight liberally. Chris
Bergson and Doug White add tender
lyricism. Their ensemble sound
maintains a suitable balance.
Trading fours often, drummer
Joe Stasser rounds out a strong
quartet and a recommended recording.
When a bassist leads with melody
or improvises over the tunes
chord changes, its a special
time. Neal Miners ensemble
ensures that everyone gets to
enjoy the bass solo.
to The Real Neal
The Real Neal
Greg Olwell - Bass
...Neal lets his full-bodied acoustic
tone shine throughout. more...
A very good CD, I enjoyed
Santella - All
A lyrical bassist, Miner blends a rich
tone and seamless phrasing into his interpretations.
Miner delivers a fat sound with great
gobs of melody...generous portions of "goodtime"