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Mario Romano Quartet
Canadian pianist Mario Romano has an interesting history in jazz. An up-and-coming performer in the 1970s, he took a hiatus from the jazz scene when his Toronto construction business became a big success. In 2010, he returned to the scene with the release of Valentina.
Playing with gusto and creativity, he seems not to have missed a beat over the years; still, at the keyboard, Romano owes a lot to seventies contemporaries including McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea.
The Mario Romano Quartet features legendary sax man, Pat LaBarbera, bassist Roberto Occhipinti and drummer Mark Kelso. The quartet regularly works together and it sounds like it. They have a solid, cohesive sound and play in a hard-driving, straight-ahead fashion, reminiscent of hard-boppers such as Horace Silver and Blakey's Jazz Messengers.