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Clear Water / Press

“Donald Malloy is a young artist who has successfully navigated his way through his influences and arrived upon his own sound with poise and self-assurance. Indeed, Spirituality is an apt title for his debut recording as it imbued with warmth of expression that is deeply personal and sincere. ”

Miles Willis, WPFW, - WPFW, Washington D.C

“...Spirituality is a ten-part tone poem composed and arranged by Malloy for his talented sextet. Malloy funnels the themes of Coltrane and Simone into simple etheric themes that operate in a mantra-like manner. Malloy is no Miles Davis acolyte. While adopting the master's use of spaceand silence, Malloy opts for the piercing tone of Freddie Hubbard, tempered with Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd. Malloy's solos bristle with energy and a tone like bullets hitting a bell...”

“...I can tell you that Malloy's skill and verve for playing make it totally seamless, & without any over-statement of one theme or another. His trumpet & flugelhorn do reflect some of the folks he's played with, such as Donald Byrd, but he states his case so clearly that you'll never think you're listening to an artist whose playing just "wants to be" another player... totally his OWN life energy shining through here. I'm really impressed...”

“...With “Spirituality” listeners are taken on a ride through an emotional expression that explicates the power of creation and originality...”