Frank Macchia: Air Mail Special

Track

Air Mail Special

Artist

Frank Macchia (tenor sax, baritone sax, flute, alto flute, clarinet, contrabass clarinet)

CD

Saxolollapalooza (Cacophony FMC-54)

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Musicians:

Frank Macchia (tenor sax, baritone sax, flute, alto flute, clarinet, contrabass clarinet), Eric Marienthal (soprano sax), Sal Lozano (alto sax, piccolo, clarinet), Bob Sheppard (tenor sax, clarinet, flute), Gene Cipriano (baritone sax), Jay Mason (bass sax, bass clarinet), Peter Erskine (drums, percussion).

Composed by Goodman, Mundy, Christian.

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Recorded: Entourage Studios, North Hollywood, California. Released in 2009

Macchia

Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Need to cut down on your caffeine intake? Are you making one too many visits to the coffee machine in the middle of the afternoon? Well, maybe you need a dose of Saxolollapalooza instead. If you take the tangled energy of “Salt Peanuts,” push the tempo just a little, and then send it to Mardi Gras, you almost have your own musical nuclear power plant. You also have Frank Macchia's “Air Mail Special.” This track is a total meltdown of fun, with Peter Eskine holding down a sort of second line thing, while the horns have a good time. The crackling energy is amped up by the tight arrangements, the stellar low-end horns taking care of the rollicking bass lines, and Bob Sheppard's wicked sax solo.

“Air Mail Special” is way better for you than that extra cup of stale coffee. More fun too.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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