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July 17, 2014 | Comments Off on CD Reviews

Pop Culture Review Quotes


“All you need know is that the music presented here, whatever its origin or label, is sublime.”

Jack Bowers – All About Jazz

“A key player in the continued development of large ensemble improvisational music or big band… entertaining, inventive and wildly addictive”

Brent Black –

“Trombonist Michael Treni, considered among the leading composers in contemporary jazz, explores the blues dimension in jazz…in a sweeping panorama of blues-influenced jazz styles from the past 70 years.”

David Luhrssen – Express Milwaukee

“Treni’s creations and sound is truly tremendous!”

Bob Morello – Fax on Wax, The Post-Gazette, Boston MA

“Big-band never died, and as long as artists like Michael are on the scene – it never will!  You haven’t heard big band like this before! “

Dick Metcalf –

“It’s hard enough to do a single quality work in tribute to the music of one of the greats. More than a half dozen is heady stuff. But don’t be put off by the album’s lofty ambition. The music is just delicious.”

Brian Arsenault – The International Review of Music

“If you are a fan of modern Big Bands and especially the Blues, get clicking on the Internet and order this great CD.”

Brian Hough -The Jassman (South Africa)

“Big band music that is accessible and challenging at the same time”

Joe Lang – Jersey Jazz

“There’s nothing “pop” about this. There is, however, a heavy dose of culture and blues…all from a sizzling, steaming big band perspective…these guys hit a grand slam on every track, no matter the tempo. This riveting performance is well worth hearing.”

George Fendel – Jazz Society of Oregon

“Pop-Culture Blues is the fifth laudable CD that Treni has released…”

Scott Albin – Jazz Times

“If your idea of heaven Is the Atomic Basie band, this latest release by Michael Treni is going to be right up your alley.”

George Harris – Jazz Weekly

“These are big city blues and Treni goes for the beef every time. Toast him with a properly chilled martini.”

Chuck Graham – Let the Show Begin

“Fun stuff that never lets you down and never let’s up either.”

Chris Spector – Midwest Records

Pop-Culture Blues begs to be played loud and often.”

Richard B. Kamis – Step Tempest

Boys Night Out Review Quotes

“When it comes to Jazz my favorite style is big band and I take Count Basie’s band as my benchmark. I think I have now found a new benchmark in The Michael Treni Big Band and their new album Boys Night Out…I think there is a world-wide audience looking to listen to a great big band and this could be the contender for that crown.

John M. Peters, Musicwatch, The Borderland UK 2012

“The arrangements soar, the soloists sizzle, the ideas flow, and the band is a winner!”

George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon’s Jazz Scene 2012

“Writing for big band like it’s no effort at all…Tasty, contemporary big band that is note perfect throughout and a real wake-up call for genre fans looking for the real deal.”

Chris Spector, Midwest Record 2012

“Whether writing his own songs or reworking some of the classics, Treni and his band are a force to be reckoned with… If you are a fan of big band music this is an easy decision. Buy Boy’s Night Out as soon as you can.”

John Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility 2012

“The Michael Treni Big Band is like a well-oiled machine, with fine-tuned arrangements, overflowing with top notch soloists…Lovers of the big band format should be well pleased with this one.”

Don Albert, 2012

“With the dazzling horns on Lullaby for Birdland that turn around and seduce listeners on Strayhorn, to the ethereal flute and strings on In My Quiet Time that converses with muted trumpet, this album  lifts up its listeners.”

The Whole Music Experience 2012

“The band is powerful yet subtle in delivery, making this an enjoyable listening experience.”

D.Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Magazine 2012

“Treni’s assured trombone playing here completes this recording’s portrait of him as a top-shelf arranger, composer, and musician.”

Scott Albin, Jazz 2012

“Trombonist leads first-class 16-piece NJ band in smartly played swinging set of standards and originals with Jerry Bergonzi. Outstanding. 5 stars.”

Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal 2012

“Exciting music that pushes the envelope on big band writing.”

Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz 2012