“European-born players such as Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin and Jean-Luc Ponty bought early tickets on the fusion train. Polish-born pianist Bartosz Hadala keeps it rolling on his latest recording “Three Short Stories.” His athletic, Toronto-based band touches the usual bases: bigfoot funk, technical brilliance and pretty balladry. Cuban-born alto saxophonist Luis Deniz adds some welcome spice and drummer Marito Marques locks down the Steely Dan vibe with the Pretty Purdie triplet shuffle feel under Hadala’s playful “Monk’s Unfinished Symphony.” If fusion music has two sides, both earth and sky, body and spirit, “Three Short Stories” album honors the former.” – album review by John Chacona.
Luis Deniz-alto saxophone
Brad Cheeseman – bass guitar