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Times Change

by The Eric Mintel Quartet

Dave Brubeck inspired catchy melodic and upbeat original and classic straight ahead jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Boogie Sugar!
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2. Orange Moon
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3. Why Not?
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4. Homecoming
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5. Windy
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6. Kenny's Brew
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7. Ambiance
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8. Take Five
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9. Mr. Broadway
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10. Alone in the Night
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11. Out of Nowhere
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12. Philadelphia Rush Hour
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13. Lullaby
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A note from jazz legend Dave Brubeck-

"To me this new CD by the Eric Mintel Quartet is absolutely wonderful. Listening to pianist and composer Eric Mintel over the years I immediately heard how strong his playing has become. He keeps getting stronger and stronger. When I first listened to the CD I was struck by how swinging they are. On the third track I said to myself "that sounds like something I wrote?" and then laughed and said "it is something I wrote!" I really enjoyed the various approach to each song they chose to record and especially liked the intro for Take Five and Eric's wild improvisation just before the great drum solo. Marian McPartland's tune Ambiance is beautiful. What really knocked me out was Eric's arrangement of Out of Nowhere. I thought the two bars of 3/4 and two bars of 4/4 worked seamlessly into the tune and you can still hear the melody within the new framework. Each member of the Eric Mintel Quartet are gifted and talented individuals. This is a very strong group! Congratulations on your new CD Times Change."
- Dave Brubeck April 2, 2007


Notes from Maxx Myrick Jazz program director of XM Satellite Radio. New York, NY.

"Eric Mintel is one of the nicest guys I’ve never met and it comes out in his music. Listening to this new CD is like waking up to a sunny day, it makes you smile. There is a little of something for everyone on Times Change and we get a chance to hear how much they have. Listening to the Eric Mintel Quartet with Eric on piano, Nelson Hill on saxes and flute, Dave Antonow on acoustic & electric bass and Dave Mohn on drums you can hear their joy, sophisticated sense of humor and most importantly their sense of swing. If you’re listening to this CD right now is like finding “The Secret”, you’re already smiling and the sun is shining".

Maxx Myrick
Program Director/Real Jazz XM 70
New York, NY – March 27, 2007


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Karl Stark Philadelphia Inquirer

The Eric Mintel Quartet "Times Change"
If the opposite poles of the music are free jazz and smooth jazz, then pianist Eric Mintel rests securely in between. The Feasterville, Bucks County-based pianist pursues an audience but isn't formulaic about it. And his quartet sounds more welcoming than avant-garde.

The results are happy and accessible, if not especially emotional. Mintel has wrested a living from jazz by playing bright music, and it's taken him from a White House gig in 1998 to selling his CDs over the QVC network and performing on XM Satellite Radio's Real Jazz 70.

The set here nods to his mentor, Dave Brubeck, and to Marian McPartland, who hosted Mintel on her NPR radio show. The group's "Take Five" represents a reasonable blowout for saxophonist Nelson Hill and drummer Dave Mohn, while "Boogie Sugar" shows off some fine muscular soul.

The band takes on The Association's "Windy" with a big dab of innocence, and "Homecoming" is pretty sunny. The closing "Lullaby" proves to be a gusher of soft colors too saccharine for this jaded soul. But exuberant moments abound in the 73-minute set, including bassist Dave Antonow's solo on Brubeck's "Why Not?"

- K.S.