Larry Munoz is since many years in music business. His
love for contemporary jazz was initiated by David
Sanborn. His biggest influences are David Benoit and
Eric Marienthal. Like many others he earns his money in
a day job, while his heart tends to music.
His newest project is called Laz Jazz (2013),
an EP with five tunes recorded by Larry and his fellow
musicians Nicole Pesce (keyboard, piano), Mel Brown
(bass), Perry Senn (drums), Lisa Munoz (flute) and Dan
Larry didn't go the easy way to present a collection of
cover tunes. All pieces were written by Larry and
recorded by the above mentioned musicians without help
Introducing tune of the album is The Journey Begins.
His contemporary jazz is strongly influenced by David
Benoit. The fast paced melody is perfectly accompanied
by Nicole Pesce on piano. A funkier approach has the
second piece Funk Latte. Larry emphasizes
strong solos, not only by him, but also by Nicole on the
keys and Mel on bass.
On Dad's Blues Larry selects a voicing of his
soprano saxophone that is not commonplace. Overall has
the tune a melancholy but also homely effect. With over
7 minutes is Doom Sammich by far the longest
track of the album. The interplay of the involved
musicians is flawless. The length of the piece is aptly
used for extensive solos.
Just Before (Something Happens) closes the
album. Interesting sounds the horn arrangement, that
perfectly adapts to the solo presentation. Also to
mention the outstanding performance of Nicole Pesce. But
Larry is undoubtedly the star.
Larry Munoz' album Laz Jazz prefers musical joy
instead of radio-friendly compositions. A conscious
decision for the contemporary jazz.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: Laz Jaz
Artist: Laz Jazz
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Label: Laz Jazz
01 The Journey Begins [4:27]
02 Funk Latte [4:35]
03 Dad's Blues [5:32]
04 Doom Sammich [7:15]
05 Just Before (Something Happens) [4:32]