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MP3 Carl Rigoli, Vibes - Easy Street

“Originality.” “Virtuosity.” “Fervent Conviction.” See why critics are praising vibraphonist, Carl Rigoli and LA studio jazz pianist, John Rodby, in their straight-ahead jazz duo performance.

10 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo, JAZZ: Smooth Jazz

Easy Street features Carl Rigoli on Vibraphone and John Rodby on Piano. The CD is a combination of two vertuoso musicians who reach the height of outstanding improvisational abilities, impecable ensemble playing, and counterpuntual musical line that Bach would be proud of. The Album contains straight-ahead jazz, latin ballads, and is very interesting and musically pleasing to the ear.

Vibraphonist, Carl Rigoli composed and arranged all of the music on the albums. He has appeared on many music motion picture soundtracks and has performed with LA''s top studio jazz musicians. See what the critics have to say:


Percussive Arts Society
Lisa Rogers

Easy Street features the duo of vibraphonist Carl Rigoli and pianist John Rodby. All compositions and arrangements on the recording are by Rigoli: "Easy Street," "Ryan''s Song," "Lepore Stomp," "Ballad for Karen," "Mr. Rigley and Mr. Rodney," "Presto Pasta," "Three Step Bossa," "Angela," "Ditmars Blvd," and "Is that So."

The title of the disc is very appropriate to the feeling one gets when listening to this jazz duo; "you''re on easy street." The beautiful, sonorous quality of Rigoli''s vibraphone playing is balanced perfectly with the piano stylings of Rodby. Both performers are equally adept at soloing, completing the package and making for an outstanding recording."

KNRY Radio 1240
Johnny Adams
Johnny Adams is a writer, Jazz radio personality, Teacher, and jazz consultant for such people as Clint Eastwood and many more!)

"In the last 20 years there has emerged a relatively small number of influential Jazz musicians, this despite the overall excellence displayed by those playing Jazz. Among vibraphonists during these years there have been five who have been of utmost importance: Cal Tjader, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Terry Gibbs, and Dave Pike. Listing these five does not deny the contributions made by such men as Victor Feldman, Red Norvo and Gary Burton, to name just three. There is now a sixth vibraphonist to add to this list: Carl Rigoli."

"To say that Carl''s work impressed me is an understatement. His playing is electrifying. Cascades of notes, Carl is well equipped technically, flowed into blocks of sounds. Carl not only understands the vibes and how it should be played, but as a teacher has been able to take it beyond its capabilities."

"In EASY STREET, Carl swings along with neat, concise statements and a delightfully feathery touch. RYAN''S SONG, a fine sense of development and rhythmic implementation. LEPORE STOMP, his playing is dancing and jabbing, much like the playing of his drummer in the 80''s. BALLAD FOR KAREN, beautiful, thick-textured voicing for a beautiful lady. MR. RIGLEY AND MR. RODNEY, both Carl and John make an interesting choice of notes and huge tones. PRESTO PASTA, Carl states the melody with deep feeling that is flavored with a touch of blues. THREE STEP BOSSA, is solid; he plays powerfully, and his lines are rich, with good continuity. ANGELA, has a flavor of impressionism with a touch of bossa nova and a feeling of reflection. DITMARS BLVD. Carl comes in to play, and he does so, digging in, in his mettlesome manner, his effervescence seeming to effect John like champagne. IS THAT SO, in which Carl dissects the melody, tears it apart, and builds a snarling, kicking, climbing solo that holds the listener gripped in it''s throes

The best thing about this release is the attitude and conviction toward the music evinced by Carl and John. Originality alone can make an album worth purchasing. So can virtuosity, so can lyricism, so can fervent conviction. When all are present, an album becomes essential!"

Full Bio of Carl Rigoli:

Carl Rigoli was born in New York City and raised in Astoria Queens. At the early age of three he became interested in music. At sixteen he began performing professionally and after attending the Manhattan School of Music he received a Bachelor of Music and Masters Degree in Music Education in 1965. Carl started performing with the vibes in 1964 at the Worlds Fair in New York City with many well-known studio musicians. This eventually led to working in nightclubs and in the studios. A year later he performed in such famous clubs as the Copacabana and the Latin Quarter both in New York. At the Waldorf Astoria he performed both with the vibes and percussion for such super stars as Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Johnny Mathis, Carol Lawrence, Tony Bennett and many others. In 1970 Carl moved to Los Angeles where he now makes his home with his wife. He has been very active as a teacher and also performing with Dave Angel''s Big Jazz Band and his own Jazz Quintet. He has recorded five albums (CD''s) featuring the vibraphone, worked in television and motion pictures, and continues to compose music.

Portfolio includes:

TV Show Soundtracks
- Laverne and Shirley
- Happy Days
- Bosom Buddies (Tom Hanks)
- Little House on the Prairie
- Barneybe Jones
- Best of the West
- Major Dad

Motion Picture Soundtracks
- Little Mermaid
- Sho Gun
- Rocky II
- Greece II
- Star Trek

Played for Top Entertainers

- Frank Sinatra (Trilogy Album)
- Johnny Mathis
- Sonny and Shar
- Jim Nabors
- Shirley Mc Laine
- Tony Bennett
- Trini Lopez
- Bob Hope
- Jack Benny
- Florence Henderson
- Lisa Minelli
- The Tonight Show
- Tributes to Great African American Entertainers

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