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About the Reviewer - Sheila E Ross

As a smooth jazz journalist, I sincerely support the smooth jazz genre, as I adore the sound and recognize the diligence and hard work artists and musicians place into their craft.

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As an educator, I enjoy working with youth as an English teacher of eight years and see daily the strong embrace students have for music as well.

For this reason, I expose them further to the artistry.  Some students share sincere interests in musical careers so we dive deeper into the life and times of both current and late artists. Like literature, music is personal and shared from the human condition, so there is much to acquire.

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Artist : Josh Vietti

Album : Magic City

Year : 2018

Label : Vargas

 
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Personnel : Josh Vietti : Violin | Marcus Anderson : Saxophone and Flute | West Byrd : Piano | W Timothy Bailey Jr.: Bass | Zachary Barnes : Keyboards

When we reflect on the word Magic, enchantment, fascination and dreamlike images come to mind. When the words ‘Magic City’ synthesize together, an environment so beautiful, so magical, so full of fantastic sound pierces our senses and composes an atmosphere for us so captivating, we enter into a passageway that leads us to another dimension.  Hip-Hop / Jazz Violinist, Josh Vietti superstructs this experience for us on his new smooth jazz CD entitled ‘Magic City’ scheduled for release on May 5.

Vietti, the VIRTUOSO he has NOW BECOME, has risen from the artistic masterful hands of world renowned Mischa Lefkowitz.  Vietti slides his bow across the acoustic violin, and plucks with shear perfection, creating a wizardry that displays star-quality workmanship. On ‘Magic City,’ he collaborates with the dramatically skilled saxophonist/flutist, Marcus Anderson and charismatic pianist, West Byrd. All together, they create a magical city for smooth jazz listeners filled with grace, beauty, soul, love and pizazz. 

This smooth jazz Grammy Award worthy CD includes twelve tracks of which Vietti writes five.  His Magic begins with the title track, “Magic City”. This hand-clapping, joyful, spirited beat embodies Vietti’s POWER and displays his artistry fully as it generates emotion and good feelings for the listener.

Saxophonist and flutist, Marcus Anderson here blows more dramatic than ever and collaborates with Vietti so well. On “Magic City” Vietti demonstrates all intricate violin playing skills with top-notch precision.  Track three, “Grazing in the Grass,” the 1968 top charting hit originally written by Philemon Hou features W. Timothy Bailey, Jr. on bass and Zachary Barnes on keyboard. This rendition is so delightful, so soft and soothing; it invokes perfection to any part of your day, regardless of where you are and what you are doing.

At sundown, it complements the outdoor jazz in the park listening experience. Here, Vietti generates a more than comfortable groove, stylish and classy. We see the “flowers,” “leaves,” and “sun,” making “everything here … so clear you can see it”. On track five, Vietti soulfully executes the 1970’s Thom Bell hit, “People Make the World Go Round”.  It is here, we significantly absorb album producer/master, W. Timothy Bailey’s masterful expertise, for both he and Vietti’s workmanship embody this entire work.

Track eight on the CD, also written by Vietti, entitled “Jazz On the Beach” features West Byrd on piano. This night-loving tune unwinds airy and sexy, and without a doubt provides escape to outdoor romantic places. Byrd’s charismatic skillful play coupled with Vietti’s artful string-play creates a fine flavorful spiritual compilation waiting to be admired after dusk.  ^

Review by Sheila E. Ross
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