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Turnaround, a CD/DVD project documenting performances of eight original works by composer and arranger Michael Treni scored for a 16-piece jazz ensemble. Among the personnel on the CD, which was recorded in February 2009 and February 2008, are saxophonists Jerry Bergonzi and Frank Elmo, trumpeter Vinnie Cutro and pianist Charles Blenzig and, in one of his last known studio sessions, the late alto saxophonist Gerry Niewood.

“His writing is adventurous, demanding of both musicians and listeners, and always fresh…outstanding arrangements played by exceptional musicians.”
Jersey Jazz, January 2010

“Though Treni may not be familiar to most listeners, this album shows him to be in the league with Bill Holman, John Fedchock, Slide Hampton, Jim McNeely, and other top arrangers.”
News Observer, January 2010

“An excellent big band by any standard…a musician’s band of the first order. 3 1/2 stars”
DownBeat Magazine, June 2010

Copyright 2009 by Michael Treni

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