High Energy Jazz is the best way to describe Hardlogic, the precision instrumental ensemble featuring saxman, composer Paul DeLoria. Influenced by groups like The Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, and The Brecker Brothers, the group features a cast of western New York's finest musicians including Tony Castronova on electric and acoustic guitars, Dave Pinto on Bass, Greg Gilmore on keyboards, Bob Accurso on vibes and percussion, Chris Dembeyiotis on drums, and Paul on saxes and electronic wind instrument. The group plays material drawn from an arsenal of original instrumental music spanning jazz, latin, funk, celtic, fusion and beyond....
Lots of CD’s crossing my desk, so let’s get to it.
Jazz is certainly in the air with the Rochester International Jazz Festival line-up squared away and anticipation growing throughout the city. Add to that some cool saxophonists with recent releases, and it is jazz central here!
Hard Logic leader, saxman Paul DeLoria dropped off the band’s exceptional new CD, Group Therapy. The all-original release is the band’s follow-up to 2006’s Anytime Anywhere, and continues their energetic foray into funky fusion. Hard Logic is already receiving international praise for their efforts, with a nice little feature in Italian mag, Emmek!. Catch the band at the Lilac Festival (5:30pm), opening for Phoebe Snow on Friday, May 9th........
By Michelle Picardo - 2006
The Rochester International Jazz Festival was another huge success for our fair city! The music never stopped, and even through a cold and rainy opening night, everyone's spirits were high! The nine-day event continues to make Rochester a destination stop for music lovers everywhere, and we're already looking forward to next year! Along with the extraordinary national talent that swept into town, with buzzed about performances from Woody Allen, James Brown, Etta James, Djabe, Charlie Hunter, Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Quartet and Soulive, to name a few, there was also a ton of local musical action. One such Rochester band, Hard Logic, enjoyed a spot on the Jazz Street Stage during the festival, and continue the excitement with the release of their new CD, Anytime. Anywhere, which they'll celebrate with a show at The Montage on Thursday, June 29th . Led by talented saxman, Paul DeLoria, the outfit is certainly becoming one of the best of the original jazz fusion groups in town. DeLoria made a name for himself at a young age, performing with the group, The Banchees, and also with members of Spyro Gyra, until trekking to Nashville and exploring its musical terrain. He eventually returned to his hometown, and formed Hard Logic, whose new release is certainly a bittersweet affair as it showcases the outstanding songwriting and guitar work of the late Tony Mann. After Mann's passing, the band was re-configured with new members, but Anytime.Anywhere is a beautifully inspired final recording by Mann. This album is not your grandfather's jazz, as the horn-driven sounds intertwine with rock, pop, blues and even Latin leanings for a sweetly spirited stew.