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Bird Mancini

by Bird Mancini

"A pastiche of rock, blues, jazz, world and pop sounds that is instantly accessible...constantly creative." -Shaun Dale, Cozmik.com
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. Magic Flirtation
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2. Looking For A Song
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3. Til I Met Someone
3:23 $0.99
4. Running To You
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5. Renoville
2:57 $0.99
6. I Need More (Love)
4:52 $0.99
7. Champagne & Crossroads
5:31 $0.99
8. Jet Setting In Morocco
2:33 $0.99
9. Into The Night
6:32 $0.99
10. Sweet Little Thing
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11. Time To Come Home
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12. The Exception
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13. Cops & Lawyers
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Bird Mancini is an ambitious new project combining the talents of four Boston area music veterans from the groups The Sky Blues, Bangalore, The Roys and Four Piece Suit. Bird Mancini weaves distinctive, intriguing songs around a common thread of jazzy blues and rock, with diverse stylistic influences, surprising instrumentation and great vocals. Bird Mancini has three very different singers (one female, two male). They choose both electric and acoustic instruments and their album sports imaginative arrangements on clarinet, sax, fiddle, mandolin and a variety of exotic and Eastern instruments.

The core musicians of Bird Mancini are:

Ruby Bird vocals, keyboards, harmonica, melodica, accordion
Billy Carl Mancini vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Sven Larson electric and stand-up bass, percussion
David Roy Kulik vocals, drums

The Bird Mancini artists have been seen and heard in the best Boston and New York clubs, concerts, and on television and radio for the past 10 years. Collectively, they have produced four critically acclaimed CD's, and they have backed up some of the finest in the business-most notably, Lou Reed, Dr. John, Johnny Copeland, Gregg Allman, David Crosby and Jonathan Edwards.


Today I realized that the soul of good old fashion music still lives.
And it lives in the productions of artists like those who make up Bird
Mancini. This band's unique composition consists of three amazingly talented vocalists. That's right, three. And each one takes their turn at the mic, belting out powerful notes. Of note, the female vocalist Ruby Bird, has an amazing rough rich voice that will give you goose bumps. The vocals are complimented by equally powerful and well-performed instrumentals, including amazing guitar and bass playing.
The group's sound comfortably nestles itself between a big band, blues/jazz and country sound. Where less talented artists have failed, Bird Mancini have made a truly unique sound that is all their own.

This review is by Yolanda Best, editor of Culture Shocker!
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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Was I totally impressed by this CD? Oh yes, completely and indisputably.
I recognized the names, Henry Mancini and Charlie "Bird" Parker. I figured that because this band was a jazz oriented unit that they took those two well known names and put them together to come up with a unique name for their group. Well, they are someone’s names, just not the ones I thought. They happen to be a combination of four Boston area music veterans from the groups The Sky Blues, Bangalore, The Roys and Four Piece Suit. And the names Billy Carl Mancini, who is a vocalist and guitar player, and Ruby Bird, a vocalist and keyboard player, are the musicians the group is named after. I must say, it’s an interesting and thought provoking coincidence.

I would have to consider this group to be progressive in every sense of the word. They combine rudiments of jazz, blues, honky-tonk, rock, world, and just about every sub genre that jazz has ever inspired. What makes the music that much more appealing is how they switch back and forth on tracks from Mancini to Bird for the lead vocal duties. Bird is more attuned to the blues injected numbers, while Mancini is more suited to the jazz and honky-tonk ambiance. They both have equally strong and emotive vocal tones and play their instruments with as much fervor and professionalism as humanly possible. You can’t create music like this without a technically resilient and proficient backbone, and the fabulous rhythm section of Sven Larson (stand up bass) and David Roy Kulik (drums) provide just that. The musical circle is complete, and it is always evident while you are listening.

Was I totally impressed by this CD? Oh yes, completely and indisputably. It’s so refreshing to hear such a great variety on every single track, and with such consistency and quality. With 13 tracks and nearly 60 minutes of music, that’s a milestone in terms of recording by anyone’s measure. There wasn’t a song I couldn’t find enjoyment or value in. That makes my job easy reviewing; I don’t find it necessary to single out certain tracks. The entire recording was so excellent it virtually eliminated that factor, and it usually is an important aspect of a review.

This is music for those listeners that enjoy jazz as a foundation with everything remaining open for structure and influences changing quickly within each song. That for me defines the word progressive.

Marshall, RNRTV and Zoe

"Jet Setting In Morocco" is like smooth Brazilian Jazz...
"Jet Setting In Morocco" is a beautiful and enchanting piece by Bird Mancini that is not unlike the smoothest Brazilian Jazz that most people in the U.S. first heard on the mid-60s classic "The Girl From Ipanema" by Astrud and Joao Gilberto. Acoustic guitar and gently tapping percussion accompany the coying and inviting female vocal. Somehow the listener is transported to another place for a few moments, just as the Gilberto classic created an atmosphere of its own . It is not rock and roll but neither was The Girl From Ipanema and that was a chart topping hit, was it not.
It is interesting in that the song is unlike other songs on the album ("Bird Mancini"- Second Story Label) - those being from various rock and blues forms. For example, immediately following "Jet Setting In Morocco" is a song ("Into The Night") which bares an instrumental break that sounds for all the world like it comes from the Jimi Hendrix school of guitar playing. Surprizes are not limited to these two songs so if you do not hear "Jet Setting . . ." on the radio soon you may want coax the D.J. into digging it out, or just buy the cd for yourself.

Lenny Solomon

AA!! Awesome Album
Bird Mancini is a breathtaking piece of work that stylistically borrows from the likes of Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Lyle Lovett, Santana, and others that in combination creates a sound all its own. The lead vocals, whether sung by Ruby or Bill, soar with harmonies to match. The musicianship is superb from the guitar work, to the keyboards, to the sax, to the drums. The production is outstanding and the breadth of style makes this an album that one can play over an over again without it ever getting boring. They did a great job!