Michael Massey

Michael Massey

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Pop - General | Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Total Song Plays: 949   
Member Since: 2005
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Elton John, David Bowie

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"Attack..." CD Review excerpt

Attack Of The Delicious is the second CD release from Mike Massey in 2005, following this summer's release of "Be Careful How You Say Pianist", a beautiful collection of his solo piano pieces. Attack is decidedly different, an album of pop and rock songs with band arrangements. At times Massey is the band manning all or most of the instruments so...there is a very personal touch injected into every nuance of the music.
The sound quality on Attack is outstanding. The mix is crystal clear, the bass warm and full. But it's the performances that stand out and the excellent level of song craftsmanship.
Every song is pleasing and musically challenging, like different facets of the same personality, and this is the quality that superior albums and performers are made of.
As I listened to this CD I was reminded of Elton John in many significant ways. Massey has a similar way with melody, arrangements, and more importantly emotion, that makes his music supremely endearing.
Rick Tvedt

"...Pianist" CD Review excerpt

Mike Massey has maintained an incredibly solid reputation in this town for deep musicianship and true professionalism. In between gigs at the Slipper Club, performing as Fabrizio with the highly lauded Mad Cabaret, and collecting a dozen awards for crafting music for advertising, Massey is finally releasing his collection of original solo piano performances recorded over five years ago. Since he is known primarily as a pop and rock performer in an ensemble context, this album serves as an uncommonly personal offering. Though the title, Be Careful How You Say Pianist, hints at his offbeat sense of humor, the album demonstrates how sincerely this performer takes his work. While it?s hard to take any album that features yet another rendition of Pachelbel?s ?Canon in D? too seriously, Massey uses the opportunity to prove that he doesn?t take it too seriously himself. The track is aptly titled ?Apologies to Pachelbel.?

      Massey highlights his dexterous performance capabilities with every song on this collection. Tracks like ?Shadow in the Winter? and ?I Need You? expose just how fully every note on the keyboard falls under his control. The nimble expression of ??Winter? sets the stage for the epic chord manipulations of ?I Need You,? building the album into a masterful statement, with Massey deftly coaxing his passages from driving and furious to delicate and subtle. In no uncertain terms, Massey is one of the finest instrumentalists in Madison.

Attack/Delicious CD Release Show

On Friday February 10th, we were just shy of a capacity house at the High Noon Saloon in Madison to celebrate the official release of the pop CD 'Attack Of The Delicious".
With the help of Madison radio station 105.5 Triple M, the venue was hopping from the first notes of opening act, Jay Moran and Funnelhead, to the last echoes of Massey's encore of Dave Mason's "Feelin' Alright" that set a High Noon record for amount of performers on stage with 14. Judging by the sheer volume of fun had by the players and the audience the event has been declared a resounding success!
The All-Star lineup of contributing musicians:
Dave Adler-Keys
Michael John Ripp-Guitar
Mary Gaines-Bass
Jay Moran-Guitar
Tony Cerniglia-Drums
Pie Cowan-Percussion
Randal Harrison-Violin
Chris Wagoner-Violin
Background vocals:
Kimmie Vernon
Francie Phelps
Jessica Lee