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    Fly SaMel MUSIC

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Review Text Singer Melanie Jackson and her husband, trumpeter Sal Cracchiolo (best known for his long stint with Poncho Sanchez), are based in the Los Angeles area and co-lead this enjoyable and diverse set. Jackson has an attractive voice and a versatile style, being able to handle Afro-Cuban jazz ("Si No Hay Amor"), a touch of fusion ("Fly"), Brazilian jazz ("One Note Samba"), and straight-ahead ("Waltz for Debby") with equal skill. Cracchiolo has many concise solos and a couple features of his own; "A Spring Day With You" and "If I Should Lose You." The rhythm sections are solid (with good spots for pianist Joe Rotondi), the percussionists keep the music stirring, and both of the co-leaders are in prime form. All in all, this is an overdue and well-constructed debut project as leaders for Jackson and Cracchiolo. ~ Scott Yanow

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  1. 1. Sweet Bean - 5:45
  2. 2. Fly - 5:48
  3. 3. Spring Day with You - 4:57
  4. 4. Si No Hay Amor - 4:30
  5. 5. Waltz for Debby - 5:38
  6. 6. Moanin - 5:26
  7. 7. One Note Samba - 4:25
  8. 8. If I Should Lose to You - 6:38
  9. 9. When October Goes - 4:50
  10. 10. Like Someone in Love - 5:58
  11. 11. Night in Tunisia - 4:25
  12. 12. It Might as Well Be Spring - 5:10

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