The Irish Independent Review of Tony Miceli in Dolan’s
Miceli’s tribute to MJQ is not just a tame nostalgia trip:
Tony Miceli’s tribute to Milt Jackson and the Modern Jazz Quartet is not just a tame nostalgia trip. This was evident in JJ Smyth’s last Sunday night before he played a note. The vibraphonist’s multi-coloured T-shirt was as far as he could get from the sober dark suits favoured by the MJQ.
His treatment of the tunes was equally freewheeling. While there was a touch of Jackson’s ethereal side in Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, with its dainty fugue-like intro, in other numbers we were reminded how dramatically percussive he could be when he wanted. Phil Ware (piano) Dan Bodwell (bass) and John Daly (drums) entered into the spirit and provided swinging support all the way…