By Jim Hynes, Making A Scene
This is the second collaboration between vocalist John Minnock and NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman, who also serves as executive producer. It’s Minnock’s third release as a leader, and his first for the label. The album pairs Minnock’s signature no-holds-barred wit with introspective lyrics to paint a compelling portrait of contemporary gay life. For this recording, Minnock also brings in decorated composer and songwriter David Shire, who contributes an original new song. Filling out the rest of the set are six original compositions, co-written with Minnock’s friend and lyricist Erick Holmberg, and four stirring cover songs. Joining Minnock is his usual accompanying trio including pianist and Musical Director Enrique Hanenine, bassist Carlos Mena and drummer Pablo Eluchans. Read the full review here.