Johnny Padilla | Bright Morning

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Bright Morning

by Johnny Padilla

A jazz release featuring 9 original compositions by saxophonist Johnny Padilla. Johnny is accompanied by Steve Einerson on piano, John Price on bass and Brian Ritter on drums. The quartet adds guitarist Zvonimir Tot on several tracks.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Bright Morning
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2. Jackals and Hounds
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3. Happy Hour in Five
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4. Missed the Train
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5. Stay
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6. Revenge
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7. Below Freezing
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8. So Sweet
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9. You Did What!?
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“Bright Morning” is a jazz release featuring 9 original compositions by saxophonist Johnny Padilla. Johnny is accompanied by Steve Einerson on piano, John Price on bass and Brian Ritter on drums. The quartet adds guitarist Zvonimir Tot on several tracks.

“Bright Morning”, the title track, is an uptempo run through some challenging harmonic progressions.

“Jackals and Hounds” is a modal composition exploring swing and african rhythms.

“Happy Hour in Five” is a soulful romp in 5/4 time.

“Missed the Train” is a lively, swinging bebop tune.

“Stay” is a melancholic ballad featuring soprano saxophone with lovely solos on acoustic guitar and piano supported by this sensitive rhythm section.

“Revenge” is a modal tune with a fiery afro-cuban feel.

“Below Freezing” is an intense minor blues with all hands stretching out on the solos.

“So Sweet” is a lovely jazz waltz that features the soprano saxophone and piano with this smooth swinging rhythm section.

“You Did What?!” is a hard driving closer to this album.


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Jamie Lee Rake

Express Milwaukee.com review: Johnny Padilla Bright Morning
On stage, Milwaukee saxophonist Johnny Padilla covers a wide range, including smooth fusion, salsa and merengue. He focuses on traditional and contemporary jazz on his new CD, Bright Morning, where his sassy, inventive playing never feels constricted. Hard bop a la John Coltrane and more relaxed passages akin to Joshua Redman flow from Padilla's reed in combos of percussion, piano, bass and violoncello, often with a Latin tinge. Each of Padilla's band mates is given time to solo, but the man with the horn remains the gravitational center throughout.