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Threshold

by Mike DiRubbo

Mike's working quintet soars through a captivating program of new compositions on this latest release from Ksanti Records.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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2. Where There's a Willis There's a Way
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3. Sun Steps
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5. Faith
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6. Curvas Perigosas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mike DiRubbo: Alto Saxophone
Josh Evans: Trumpet
Brian Charette: Piano
Ugonna Okegwo: Bass
Rudy Royston: Drums

“Something about the sound Mike DiRubbo elicits from the alto saxophone – deep, dark, immense, with a machete edge that denotes a ready-for-anything urban sensibility – immediately grabs the ear. It’s a sound familiar to the cream of
New York’s hardcore jazz community since the mid-‘90’s” writes Ted Panken.

Today, in an age where media-created young lions are more interested in downloads than down beats, alto saxophonist/composer/bandleader/educator Mike DiRubbo is the real deal. Ever since he arrived in New York two decades ago, DiRubbo has reigned supreme as one of the most durable and dynamic musicians of his generation. That bold statement is augmented by the aural evidence of his work with the brightest jazz stars including Tony Reedus, Larry Willis, Eddie Henderson, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Dwayne Burno, Peter Washington, Carl Allen, John Hicks and Cecil Payne, and as a solo artist, with seven critically-acclaimed CD’s as a leader.
On his instrument DiRubbo has it all: from Benny Carter’s mastery of melody and Johnny Hodges’ ballad mellow tones to Charlie Parker’s light-speed fluency. But what truly sets DiRubbo apart from the rest was his apprenticeship under the legendary alto saxophonist/educator Jackie McLean.

Mike DiRubbo is a Vandoren artist and plays Virtuoso saxophones by RS Berkeley.


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Mike Casey

Great album!
I've been a longtime fan of Mike DiRubbo (I have most of his discography) and let me tell you this is his best effort yet! On this CD you'll hear Mike and the band explore new terrain and new sounds, different from his previous albums. Great tunes, band, concept, sound and most importantly - it FEELS good! I really dig the CD....be sure to check it out!

Mike Casey

Great album
I've been a longtime fan of Mike DiRubbo (I have most of his discography) and "Threshold" is his best yet! Great tunes, band, sound, and most importantly...it FEELS good. You'll hear Mike and quintet tackle new terrain and new sounds different from previous albums. Definitely an album worth checking out!

Mike Casey

great album!
I've been a longtime fan of Mike DiRubbo (I have most of his discography) and "Threshold" is his best yet! Great tunes, band, sound, and most importantly...it FEELS good. You'll hear Mike and quintet tackle new terrain and new sounds different from previous albums. Definitely an album worth checking out!

Dan Voss

"Threshold"
Mike DiRubbo is one of the world’s foremost alto saxophonists, and this new release from his actively working band demonstrates why. Like his forebears Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, DiRubbo plays the alto with tenor-like toughness, as well as an immediately recognizable sound and highly personal phrasing. In true modernist fashion, DiRubbo’s compositions and improvisations survey new harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic territory while simultaneously immersed in a knowledgeable and loving dialogue with the tradition of jazz, blues, and swing. Few contemporary recordings will match “Threshold” for fierceness and authenticity of feeling.