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Marius Neset: Pinball

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Though Marius Neset thrives in small ensemble settings, his writing has increasingly exhibited orchestral ambition, as witnessed on the thrilling Birds (Edition Records, 2013), which saw his quintet augmented by brass, accordion and woodwind instruments to spectacular effect, and on Lion (ACT Music, 2014), a powerful outing with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. The aptly named Pinball sees Neset in equally expansive mood, navigating often complex charts with his core quintet bolstered on half the tracks by cello, violin and flute. ...

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Iiro Rantala at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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Iiro Rantala Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane jny:Dublin March 8, 2015 There's a commonly held belief that anything that is free can't be worth a damn. Not so. Luckily, thanks to Dublin City Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Improvised Music Company, spring in the Irish capital welcomes not only free music, but music out of the top drawer at that. Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala' solo piano concert at the Dublin ...

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Tomoko Omura: Roots

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The roots of the title of violinist Tomoko Omura's second CD as leader refer to traditional and popular melodies familiar to several generations of Japanese. But if the melodies of Omura's childhood have left an indelible stamp on her musical DNA, so too has the past decade spent in America absorbing the roots of jazz. It's been six years since Visions (Self Produced, 2008), Omura's homage to jazz violin greats past and present, but the wait has been worth it; ...

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Linley Hamilton Quintet at Black Box

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Linley Hamilton Quintet Black Box Belfast, Ireland March 13, 2015 Since the launch of In Transition (Lyte Records, 2014) at the Brilliant Corners festival last March, the Linley Hamilton Quintet has gigged only sporadically. With members split between Dublin, Port Laoise and Belfast, geography plays its part to a degree. However, there are numerous strings that pull these professional jazz musicians this way and that, from studying and teaching commitments to radio shows and numerous ...

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Andy Sheppard Quartet at Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival 2015

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Andy Sheppard Quartet Colston Hall Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival Bristol March 7, 2015 A “local hero" is how the emcee described saxophonist/composer Andy Sheppard. Bristol resident Sheppard is neither immortal nor a demi-God, but he is uber-talented and a warrior of sorts; a road warrior who has clocked up more miles than the Vikings ever did, purveying his music the length and breadth of the UK these past forty years. And the warm ...

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Lukasz Gorewicz: The String of Horizons

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Active in both classical and contemporary music, Polish violinist/composer Łukasz Górewicz is perhaps best known abroad for Ecstasy Project, the unique experimental chamber/avant-garde jazz ensemble formed in 1999; its albums such as Realium (Polish Jazz, 2005) and Reminiscence Europae (Fonografica, 2008) underlined Górewicz' credentials as one of the most arresting violinists of his generation, regardless of genre. On String of Horizons Górewicz steps out alone, composing, arranging and producing the music, in addition to playing all the instruments. Needless to ...

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YK Samarinda: Jazz for Borneo

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Ethnic fusion jazz is a term that has gained currency in Indonesia in recent years and is typically applied to bands who incorporate elements of Indonesian folk music--melodies and/or instrumentation--into a jazz-fusion aesthetic. The four-piece YK Samarinda from East Kalimantan, Borneo, falls into this broad category; its use of the sapeh (or sampeh)--a traditional lute originally used in ritual trance music of the Dayak and Orang Ulu people of central Borneo--lends a distinctive though secondary color to the more dominant ...

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Yoosun Nam: Light Of the City

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It's a love story in essence: South Korean classical piano and vocal protégé with multiple competition wins, hears jazz in high school; picks up saxophone at nineteen and swaps university computer studies for music; then, as straight and true as Cupid's arrow, heads for Berklee College of Music; New York and a Master's degree in jazz studies duly beckons at NYU Steinhardt, under the tutelage of Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano and Ralph Alessi, among others. The first fruit of Yoonsum ...



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