Archive for February 27th, 2010

Main Gazane – Tit For Tat

Main Gazane, an old jazz term meaning my “main man” or my “main thing” is a new contemporary jazz group made up of keyboardist Mark Minchello and multi instrumentalist Bob Magnuson.

Mark Minchello is no stranger to the smooth jazz world. He started his career by touring with Luther Vandross and has since gone on to work with many other Jazz and R&B greats. He has most recently been serving as musical director for R&B Diva Regina Belle. He has also been keyboardist/musical director for two Jazz Explosion Tours featuring Boney James, Will Downing, Gerald Albright, Vesta and Regina Belle. He has recently produced smooth jazz trumpeter Gordon James featuring Chuck Loeb and Slide Hampton.

Bob Magnuson is a fixture on the New York studio scene. He has performed on countless radio and TV commercials. He has been featured on CDs by Patti Austin, Whitney Houston, Phobe Snow and B.B. King. He most recently has been touring with the 3 MO TENORS and Broadway R&B diva Jennifer Holiday. Not only is Bob proficient on all the woodwinds but he also excels on the electronic wind synthesizer.

Their newest album is entitled Tit For Tat and features 10 originals and 3 covers. The covers include Billy Ocean’s Caribbean Queen, Rolls Royce’s Wishin On A Star and The Whispers Rock Steady. The CD is a funky mixture featuring piano & sax. This is the fourth CD from the duo of Mark Minchello (keys) and Bob Magnuson (sax). The music is acessible yet engaging often referred to as smooth jazz with an edge. Tit For Tat is now available at CDBaby.