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Julieta Eugenio: Jump

Read "Jump" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Listening to saxophonist Julieta Eugenio on the engaging Jump it is hard to believe this is only her debut. Her confident playing, warm, brassy tone and intelligent, spontaneous ideas belie her relative youth. Eugenio penned most of the music on Jump, so the release also showcases her superlative compositional skills. The poetic, loose-knit originals are perfectly suited to a trio with ample room for both individual expressions and collective performances. The taut and intriguing “Efes" opens the album ...

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Julieta Eugenio: Jump

Read "Jump" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Aspiring jazz artists who pull up roots and make the “jump" to New York City have a lot of backbone. The uncertainty involved in the attempt to elbow into a hyper competitive situation which can boost a career must make for sleepless nights. For non-Americans, dealing with culture shock and struggling with the English language, things are even more challenging. But, in 2013, saxophonist Julieta Eugenio was undeterred, leaving her home in Argentina to make the pilgrimage that thousands have ...

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Mareike Wiening: Future Memories

Read "Future Memories" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It is interesting that in today's creative music world, a jazz drummer cannot just be a jazz drummer. There are so many great drummers that they have to also be composers, band leaders, and sometimes van drivers. A short list includes Tyshawn Sorey, Allison Miller, Ches Smith, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Add to that list Mareike Wiening, the German-born artist with (now) deep New York roots. Her release Metropolis Paradise (Greenleaf Music, 2019) brought her music critical attention and acclaim, ...

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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints: Other Worlds

Read "Other Worlds" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Soundprints is a quintet that saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas assembled to carry on the spirit and philosophy of Wayne Shorter's music. Both of the band's previous albums featured compositions by Shorter himself but this is their first effort to contain only new material written by either Lovano or Douglas. As the album and track titles suggest, there is an underlying theme of space exploration here which reflects Shorter's long-time love of science fiction. Pieces like ...

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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints: Other Worlds

Read "Other Worlds" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The Sound Prints, co-led by saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, set out in 2013 with a purpose in mind: that of showcasing Wayne Shorter's legacy by presenting new music shaped in the saxophonist's always forward-looking style. The group released its first CD, Soundprints: Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note Records) in 2015, and followed it up with Scandal (Greenleaf Records, 2018). Both of these previous outings included fresh arrangements of Shorter compositions along with tunes from ...

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Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra: Urban(e)

Read "Urban(e)" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There's a rocky history surrounding jazz-classical hybrids. But, in truth, that has little to do with any potential incompatibility. Instead, it's usually misguided maneuvering and/or an excessive show of dominant traits from one side or the other that mars said unions. When done right a wedding of those worlds can truly birth brilliance. Just listen to Urban(e) for proof. Noted trombonist, composer, arranger and educator Mike Fahie's unabashed love for classical music and jazz is clear and ...

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Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra: Urban(e)

Read "Urban(e)" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Most Western music, irrespective of its origin and premise, inhabits the same harmonic, chordal and rhythmic universe. So it should not be surprising that classical music, in the hands of a skilled arranger, can be readily recast in a jazz idiom, even one that is housed within a big-band framework. On Urban(e), trombonist Mike Fahie's New York-based Jazz Orchestra braves that challenge, quickening Fahie's translations of works by Frederic Chopin, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Bela Bartok, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and ...


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