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Album Review

Errol Rackipov Group: Pictures from a Train Window

Read "Pictures from a Train Window" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Composer and educator Errol Rackipov--who currently teaches at several South Florida Universities including Florida International University, Florida Memorial and Broward College--is a master of the vibraphone and marimba where as the leader on Pictures from a Train Window, ably displays his talents in providing a distinct modern/fusion sound where jazz is but one element in a palette of classical chamber and European folk rhythms. As the vibraphonist himself explains, this album is the culmination of a “journey started ...


Album Review

Errol Rackipov Group: Pictures From A Train Window

Read "Pictures From A Train Window" reviewed by Chris Mosey

There's a lot going on here: all manner of different musical influences and moods. Errol Rackipov (vibes and marimba), hails originally from Bulgaria. In his sleeve note, he likens life to a train ride on which we glimpse reflections of our past, present and future out of the window. The wistful, yet driving title song--probably Rackipov's best know composition to date--refers to this musically, a complex, Bulgarian emigré version of Jimmy Giuffre's classic “Train And The River." ...


Album Review

Errol Rackipov Group: Pictures from a Train Window

Read "Pictures from a Train Window" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It used to be that the name of guitar alchemist Hristo Vitchev on a recording meant a breezy, ethereal affair crammed full of complex melodies dancing over creative, if often implied, harmonies. Not so on percussionist Errol Rackipov's Pictures from a Train Window. While Vitchev's presence is great, Rackipov composed the majority of the pieces and the stylistic stamp is undoubtedly his. Rackipov's vibraphone is central in the recording, though he does afford his bandmates wide open spaces in which ...


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