With the aid of his like-minded musical brothers, he has produced a clever, stimulating session.
A mainstay in Philadelphia jazz clubs for over a decade, composer and tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch presents the first recording of his quintet - a forward looking yet mainstream grouping of some of Philly's finest musicians. Performing articulate, modern jazz, Tallitsch's band explores alternate sonorities with its vibes and guitar led rhythm section, slightly reminiscient of Gary Burton's groups of the '70s. With Tony Miceli (vibraphone), Victor Baker (guitar), Paul Gehman (bass) and Dan Monaghan (drums).
1 MEDICINE MAN 8:56
2 YELLOW 8:25
3 LITTLE DANCERS 7:43
4 THREE FLIGHTS DOWN 3:53
5 LA TORTUGA 7:15
6 CEASEFIRE 7:16
7 GOOD FRIDAY 5:51
8 THREE FLIGHTS DOWN (reprise) 3:51
TOM TALLITSCH - tenor saxophone
TONY MICELI - vibraphone
VICTOR BAKER - guitar
PAUL GEHMAN - acoustic bass
DAN MONAGHAN - drums
recorded april 6th 2007 at WIDENER UNIVERSITY, chester, pa
engineered and mixed by JOHN VANORE
mastered at ACOUSTICAL CONCEPTS INC, springfield, pa
photography by SOFIA NEGRON, new york
cover design by JOHN BISHOP
All About Jazz (John Barron)
Philadelphia has always been something of a breeding ground for tenor saxophonists ? John Coltrane, Benny Golson and Archie Shepp to name a few. Adding to the city's rich jazz heritage is saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch who, although an Ohio native, has established himself as a revered member of the Philly scene. Medicine Man, Tallitsch's second ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
A nice sophomore set from Philadelphia area saxman Tom Tallitsch, Medicine Man casually grooves its way through a series of original compositions while making full use of the accompanying band. Indeed, Tallitsch is heard less than one might expect on an album that he leads. Not that he's absent in any way from the proceedings, but this is definitel ...
Philadelphia Enquirer (Karl Stark)
After 12 years in Philly, tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch can meet the demands for what a tenor should sound like. This is no small thing. The Cleveland native, who was schooled at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is a regular on a club scene here, where the tenor standards are high. Tallitsch doesn't hammer you with t ...
JazzTimes, July/August 2008 (Forrest Dylan Bryant)
Expanding from a duo setting to a quintet for his sophomore CD release, Tom Tallitsch offers up pleasant, unassuming original compositions that keep the proceedings casual but agreeably propulsive. With Tony Miceli's brisk vibraphone and Victor Baker's uncluttered guitar supporting his throaty tenor saxophone tone, Tallitsch's band frequently takes ...