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Mundell Lowe & Mike Magnelli

Mundell Lowe & Mike Magnelli (USA)

Mundell Lowe and Mike Magnelli: two absolutely brilliant and highly experienced jazz guitarists join for a unique tour throughout Europe.

Line Up:

Mundell Lowe - guitar
Mike Magnelli - guitar

On Stage: 2
Travel party: 2-3


Mundell Lowe
Mundell Lowe is not only an excellent musician who has stayed busy in the studios for most of his career, but he has also developed a distinctive jazz guitar style defined by clearly articulated melodic lines and subtle chords voicings. Born April 1922, Mundell started playing the guitar as a young boy and before he was a teenager he was playing with local hillbilly bands in his native Mississippi. He later settled in New Orleans for a brief period playing with dance bands and small groups before entering the service in 1941. While in the army he met John Hammond who later helped him to get a job with the Ray McKinley band in 1945. Lowe played with McKinley for more than a year and then settled in New York to pursue a very active studio and recording career. He started showing up on recordings of other artists early in 1950's and by 1954 he was leading his own recording sessions. Mundell Lowe has produced a succession of successful recordings while simultaneously maintaining a busy composing, teaching and performing schedule. He has a long list of film and TV (Wild Wild Wild West) score credits and several studies for multiple guitars. Two recordings from 1953 that Lowe made with Georgie Auld already exhibited the unique Mundell Lowe sound that is so recognizable. His single string improvisation technique, heard on Hefti's Lucky Duck (1953), and his introduction and backing of Auld's saxophone on Gershwin's I've Got a Crush On You bear the unique Mundell Lowe sound so familiar today. In the last few years Mundell Lowe stayed tremendously active. He traveled the globe as a concert performer, worked the States with his own quintet and made several trips to New York to work with Ron Carter, Al Foster, Bill Mays, and Ray Drummond. He toured with the André Previn Trio, as well as the Great Guitars with the late Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, and Tal Farlow. Mundell also has been busy in recording studios lately, having recorded two albums for Telarc with the André Previn Trio, one for Phillips with Kiri Te Kanawa, and two albums for Fresh Sounds with Teté Montoliu.

Mike Magnelli
Archtop guitar enthusiasts are well suited to appreciate the artistry of Mike Magnelli's debut release on the String Jazz label. Onetime manager/agent for Joe Pass, Magnelli displays a talent in his own right, with contemporary styling in a collection of solo archtop tunes. Magnelli has played alongside Pass, Burt Bacharach and was guitarist and assistant director for the Broadway musical Grease. The solo work on this album is a tribute to Magnelli's many years of playing the guitar. His smooth picking and strumming make for an enjoyable listen.


Mundell Lowe
1954 The Mundell Lowe Quintet
1954 Mundell Lowe [Victor] - Victor
1955 Mundell Lowe Quartet - Original Jazz Classics
1955 This Could Lead To Love - Riverside
1956 Guitar Moods - Riverside
1956 Mundell Lowe - Riverside
1956 New Music of Alec Wilder - Riverside
1957 A Grand Night for Swinging - Riverside
1959 Porgy and Bess - Camden
1960 Low Down Guitar - Jazzland
1961 Satan in High Heels - Charlie Parker
1963 Blues for a Stripper - Charlie Parker
1974 California Guitar - Famous Door
1976 Guitar Player - Dobre
1977 Souvenirs - Jazz Alliance
1983 Transit West - Pausa
1995 Show Boat - Deutsche Grammophon
2000 Mundell's Moods - Nagel-Heyer
2000 This One for Charlie - Azica
2001 When Lights Are Lowe - Acoustic
2005 Complete TV Action Jazz - Lone Hill Jazz
2007 Haunted Heart - Lilys Dads

Mike Magnelli
2002 Imagination - String Jazz
2010 Mike Magnelli & Friends - Azica Records

YouTube Videos:

Mundell Lowe live in Cork, Ireland

Mundell Lowe live in Dublin, Ireland

Mundell Lowe Quartet in Burghausen, Germany (2007)

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