Jazz guitarist and composer Michael-Louis Smith will release his debut album Portrait of MLS. The album, which be available to the public soon, consists of seven original compositions by Smith including the jazz/pop favorite Up in the Air" and features some of the best jazz musicians in NYC including long time collaborators Stacy Dillard on tenor and soprano saxophone, Theo Hill on piano as well as new friends Gregg August on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.
The album has been described as a propitious debut that announces the arrival of a seriously talented new kid on the block one who can play, write and swing! and Michael's sound on the album has been hailed as modern and forward-looking in the review by Albert Brooks for albanyjazz.com. Click here for the complete review
The Michael-Louis Smith Quintet will perform in support of the forthcoming release Portrait of MLS on Saturday April 24 at The Williamsburg Music Hall and at The Iridium for the New Faces After Midnight Series Saturday May 1st at The Iridium.