' With Bridges Rale Micic has delivered a memorable and assured debut album that leaves me looking forward to his next.' J. Weiner, All About Jazz '... a completely new sound and approach to harmonic concepts...' Boston Phoenix The much-anticipated release of Rale Micic Quintet debut album has arrived! Bringing focus on the original compositions, album 'Bridges' is a mix of modern jazz and beautiful melodies influenced by the sounds of Balkans. It features some of the top players from New York City: Bob Reynolds on tenor (young rising star and 1999/2000 Billboard Award winner), Sean Conly (bassist who has performed and toured with Nicolas Payton Quintet, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Barretto, etc.), pianist Milan Milanovic and drummer Alvin Atkinson Jr. (Bob Mintzer, Wycliff Gordon, Eric Reed). Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, guitarist and composer Rale Micic skillfully fuses culture with timeless jazz. He has come a long way - from a young boy struggling to have his music heard on the European jazz scene to being one of the most in-demand guitarists in New York City today. In 1995, Rale migrated to the United States upon receiving a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He has studied with renowned professors such as George Garzone, Hal Crook, John Thomas and Bob Brookmeyer. Under the mentorship of legendary guitarist Mick Goodrick (Instructor to guitarists Pat Metheny and John Scofield), Rale's playing and composition skills flourished. Upon graduating in 2000, Rale moved to New York City and formed the Rale Micic Quintet with some of jazz' most promising young artists. Rale Micic is a recipient of numerous awards in field of performance and composition: Harris Stanton Award for Outstanding Guitarist (March 1999), three times B.A.S. Award (April 1999, 1998, 1997), and was featured in many publications including Pulitzer Price Winner Riverdale Press (NY), Bronx Times (NY), Washington City Paper (DC), Boston Phoenix and many others.
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