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SONG REVIEWS: Mike Armando - "Roll Over" and "Rainbow Sunset"
By Anastasia K - 03/09/2016 - 10:59 AM EST

Artist: Mike Armando
Album: The Count Down
Label: MJA Jazz
Genre: Jazz/Blues
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
CD Review: To me, jazz is a complex genre, but mostly in the creative process. My only experience with it really is listening to it. What I love about these tunes from Mike Armando’s new CD “The Count Down” is their ability to get you moving the way only good jazz can. Even without lyrics, the instruments take over the vocals, and become the words. I found myself singing along with the guitar, piano, and various other distinct sounds each instrument contributes. And the titles are simply spot on!

I received these two tracks for review:

“Roll Over” – Oh, I could have Mike Armando and his band playing on my radio as I work, relax, entertain, or go for a drive. It’s the stuff that makes jazz tick for me, and the perfect accompaniment to any activity! The bopping tempo, the smooth atmosphere, I was thinking to myself that this track feels like it’s rolling by me. And then I looked at the title and thought, perfect.

“Rainbow Sunset” – This is a very adventurous tune. I mean, as calm and smooth as “Roll Over” is, this one has so many twists and turns, it’s a musical rainbow. (Note the title, once again!) Love the many “voices” of the instruments, the tempo change near the end, bringing the sunset to its denouement.

To me, it sounds like these guys are not only enjoying themselves, but they surely know what they’re doing. And they feel the music, so it’s no surprise that you will feel this too! I think there is so much more to be discovered by listening to an entire album. Yes, we’re buying individual tracks these days, but I think that we’re depriving ourselves of the full listening experience. Though you can get a good sampling of Mike Armando’s “The Count Down” from these two great tracks, I am pretty certain the rest of the album is just as enjoyable! Check it out!

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