Reviews of "From My Heart"
“You are a wonderful musician. You have a wonderful sound, great heart and beautiful ideas.”
— Herb Alpert
“There are a host of wonderful moments on this CD, …The musicians in this group are excellent jazz purveyors, and they meld together in cohesive music making…I find myself playing this CD again and again continually enjoying the wonderful creative efforts of Mario and company. I urge you to do the same with my whole-hearted recommendation.
— Marvin Stamm in the New York Brass Conference Bulletin
“Your album certainly lives up to its title. It’s a fine piece of work. Congratulations. It’s a very compelling CD.”
— Bud Spangler, Host/producer Sunday Night Suites, KCSM
“Your sound and ideas are so beautiful, and the group and compositions, too. Most of all, your expressive tone and ideas are amazing.”
— Scott Colley, currently playing bass with Herbie Hancock
“The Guarneri Jazz Quartet: a wonderfully tasteful combination of style, talents, and background making this CD an enjoyable and inspiring musical experience. Guarneri plays with beautiful style and tone.”
— The International Trumpet Journal
“The North American trumpeter is an excellent improviser and movingly conveys the message of his love of music.”
— The Brass Bulletin, international magazine for brass players
“Perhaps it’s because the world is being overrun by rampant hyperbole and a ‘decibels mean dollars’ mentality I find this album by trumpeter Mario Guarneri so refreshing. Or it may simply be that this is a showcase for four highly accomplished and sensitive musicians who remind us that musicality, honesty, and the shared joy of interacting with each other is at the heart of a wonderful listening experience. I tend to believe it is the later.
Throughout his liner notes Mr. Guarneri refers to the importance of family in his life; his parents, his children, and his own siblings. From hearing the interplay between Mr. Guarneri and his compatriots it would appear that these four have achieved a closeness akin to family as well. The focus shifts from member to member throughout the album but its clear whoever has the spotlight at any moment has the unconditional and respectful support of the other three.
The quartet touches all forms and levels of emotion from the playful opening tune “J&A” to the introspective “Lament for Peace” (which, while taken at a tempo that would make a dirge seem snappy, is spellbinding). Among the many gems on the album are Kash Killion pulling rich, human sounds out of his upright bass and the leader’s trumpet which can range from puckish to haunting. ‘From My Heart’ is not just a title; it’s the group’s credo. Make it yours, too.”
— Stan Bann, New Sounds – December 2003/January 2004 CD Reviews – www.jazznow.com