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Melnicove, Joe (feat. George Ganzone / Ben Street / Billy Hart): You Is You (577 Records)

Jazz flutist and composer Joe Melnicove, Israeli-born and living in NYC, is joined by his mentor George Garzone on tenor & soprano saxophones, Ben Street on bass and Billy Hart on drums, with Jerry Bergonzi joining on piano for one piece, as the band performs a set of lyrical and upbeat Melnicove original compositions along with one from Garzone and one from Liana Catalano-Garzone.

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UPC: 755491274309

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-577R-5924-1
Squidco Product Code: 33298

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at PBS Studios, in Westwood, Massachusetts, on December 4th, 2021, by Peter Kontrimas.


Joe Melnicove-flute, alto flute

George Garzone-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

Ben Street-bass

Billy Hart-drums

Jerry Bergonzi-piano (track 8)

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"What does it sound like to be a working artist? Here, flutist Joe Melnicove, joined by his mentor, saxophonist George Garzone, drummer Billy Hart and bassist Ben Street, tries to convey it. You is You is inspired by a spirit of radical self-acceptance and self-knowledge, from a single melody he recorded at home in Rosh Pinna, Israel.

Recorded in New York, the songs have clear allusions to the experience of being musicians. Tracks like "Monday Night" and "No Applause" invoke the experience of a performance, and a nod to audiences awkwardly clapping (or not) at a jazz concert."A.F(Airflow)" recalls Hart's practice of playing long tones to enrich the sound of wind instruments, countering each flute note with the saxophone and the bass, acting as an echo to that first long tone.

"Compilation" is inspired by the Mingus approach to the blues; not a form, a feeling. As the melody returns after the solos, the band plays in perfect unison ending in a Mingus-esque collapse. "Sky Shines On August Sunday" is a ballad written by Liana Catalano-Garzone, dedicated to George's late son Anthony. Jerry Bergonzi, long time friend and collaborator of Garzone, joins in on piano, along with Melnicove on Alto Flute. This was the first and only take for this song.

Together, the four musicians enrich each other's sounds, illuminating the tension and experience of working as an artist."-577

Artist Biographies

"Joseph Melnicove was born in Rosh Pinna, a small ​town in northern Israel. The music that was playing in his home by his two parents was a combination of old-school Blues, Mediterranean music, and Rock N' Roll. These he carries with him along his journey as a Jazz musician to help him feel at home.

A classically trained musician, Joseph has been experimenting with Jazz and the flute ever since he was first exposed to records of John Coltrane and Charles Mingus while attending the music program at Emek-Hahula High-School.

After 3 years of serving in the Israeli military, Joe began his studies at Rimon School of Music, where he attended the Jazz Institute for advanced performers, studying jazz improvisation and composition as well as arranging.

After winning Rimon's Jazz player competition, and as a prize attending the IASJ convention of summer 2016, Joe began his studies at Berklee College of Music majoring in Performance. In Berklee, Joe has had the chance to study with many great teachers, and form his own unique sound in his musical journey. A recipient of the Jimmy Mosher award for outstanding musicianship, Joe feels that Berklee is the place where his music and his life started becoming a united entity, and ever since he is eager to share his musical thoughts with the world. As a constantly growing musician, Joe experiments with compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations that put the voice of the flute in a leading and supporting role in the jazz world."

-Joe Melnicove Website (

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"Ben Street is an American jazz double bassist. Street has performed and recorded with many renowned artists, including John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Ben Monder, Michael Eckroth, Sam Rivers, Billy Hart, Danilo Perez, Aaron Parks, and Adam Cruz, among others.

He studied the acoustic bass with former Weather Report bassist Miroslav Vitous.

He is the son of saxophonist and saxophone mouthpiece maker Bill Street and is a native of Maine."

-Wikipedia (

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"William "Billy" Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history.

Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964-1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966-1968). Hart moved to New York in 1968, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland.

Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock's sextet (1969-1973), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973-1974), Stan Getz (1974-1977), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972's On the Corner).

Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s Hart spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium.

He leads the Billy Hart Quartet with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street, which has released two albums on ECM Records.

Hart resides in Montclair, New Jersey."

-Billy Hard Website (

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"Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author, and educator.

Bergonzi has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz festivals and jazz venues, with his own ensembles as well as with numerous jazz greats. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. His discography includes more than 60 recordings, notably Standard Gonz with the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet on the Blue Note label; he also has 60 recorded song titles registered with ASCAP.

As a clinician Bergonzi has taught at conservatories and music schools throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of a series of instructional books with play-along CDs and videos, entitled Inside Improvisation, published by Advance Music (seven volumes: Melodic Structures, Pentatonics, Jazz Line, Melodic Rhythms, Thesaurus of Intervallic Melodies, Developing a Jazz Language, and Hexatonics), as well as the book/CD set Sound Advice. The Inside Improvisation series is now available in French, German, and Italian translations.

Bergonzi is a three-time NEA grant recipient.

B.A., music education, University of Lowell. Founder of Not Fat records (six releases to date). Recordings on Blue Note, Red, Not Fat, Concord, Atlantic, Label Bleu, Enja, Columbia, Deux Z, Denon, Canyon, Cadence, Musidisc, Ram, Ninety One, Freelance. Private instruction for 30 years."

-New England Conservatory (

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Track Listing:

1. Monday Night 0:59

2. Sketch/Graphite 7:01

3. No Applause 5:28

4. Between Two Cities 6:08

5. Air Flow 7:48

6. DayJob 6:01

7. Reckless 4:42

8. Sky Shines On August Sunday 6:17

9. Monday Night II 1:07

10. Compilation 6:25

11. You Is You 6:35

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