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Charlie Apicella and Iron City - Payin The Cost To Be The Boss: A Tribute to B.B. King

Charlie Apicella celebrates the music of one of his musical godfathers , B. B. King , with treatments of three of his earliest hits and a spiritual . The set is filled out with two of Apicella's hard bop-inspired originals and a pair of Grant Green gems . Perfect music for those snowed-in days and nights , pour a few glasses of wine , and get settled in - so good. The musicians here sound like they're having fun . Charlie and his bandmates have created a thoroughly enjoyable release . Blues ands jazz go together like peanut butter and jelly . " Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss : a tribute to B. B. King " is a dose of musical magic . Great introduction to an enormously talented jazz-funk guitar stylist , composer , and dedicated educator . " Iron City " is a first-rate ensemble of players that are always right there in the pocket , filling out those grooves , every note an important piece of the whole . Top-notch musical experience that everyone should enjoy!


1 You Upset Me Baby 4:14

2 I'm King 5:31

3 Rock Me Baby 7:20

4 Mosaics 6:20

5 Delia Soul 7:23

6 Outer Space 5:33

7 Farid 5:33

8 Over In the Gloryland 5:42


Charlie Apicella - guitar

Stephen Riley - tenor, alto saxophones

Freddie Hendrix - trumpet

Dave Braham - organ

Mayra Casales - congas

Alan Korzin - drums

Charlie Apicella - " B.B. King was the first concert I ever attended, and Sonny Fortune was my first jazz concert, and I have been influenced by him ever since. The chance to finally work with him on that record was truly a dream come true. I had started booking gigs with him but, unfortunately, he passed about a year after we made the record. We were only able to do one concert together at that time and One Night Only turned out to be his last recording session. B.B. King for me is a very personal connection since he is one of the musicians I was exposed to from my dad and his older brothers. I met B.B. in 1999, and when he passed, I was affected by it in a way that I wanted to celebrate his life the best way I knew how. Of all six of our records Paying The Cost is my favorite " . What Others Have to Say About Charlie: “A deeply melodic guitarist along the lines of Grant Green. Apicella faithfully has sought to channel an era of American music when hard-bop and r&b reigned...But the guitarist still manages to keep things fresh.” MATTHEW KASSEL, DownBeat "As a player, Apicella immediately brings to mind Grant Green. He’s funky, he’s bluesy, and he’s not afraid to get dirty at times." JOHN HEIDT, Vintage Guitar Magazine "Apicella's playing shines...[he] is aware of the straight-ahead tradition, showcasing his Wes Montgomery influence...Apicella's guitar sound is bright and clean, and easily cuts through the huge sound of the organ." TIM FISCHER, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine "I think you will find that "SPARKS" will light the artistic fires of the soul and intellect." Heartfully, Yusef Lateef

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