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Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra: Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra

Read "Steve Haines and The Third Floor Orchestra" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dare al lettore—nel breve spazio di una recensione—l'idea del contenuto e del valore (in un giudizio ovviamente soggettivo) di un album spinge a usare tutte quelle classificazioni nate per orientarci. In poche parole, creare delle mappe è utile ma se il territorio è ricco di elementi diversi si rischia di usare etichette fuorvianti. L'ascolto di questo disco orchestrale di Steve Haines spinge a queste considerazioni per il suo collocarsi tra differenti universi musicali (folk, classica, jazz, canzone ...

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Album Review

Joey Calderazzo: Going Home

Read "Going Home" reviewed by Luigi Sforza


Un senso di ordine e precisione, di pertinenza linguistica agli schemi del bop e del post bop infondono in Going Home un carattere di immacolato rigore espressivo. Collaboratore abituale di noti ed importanti musicisti mainstream americani-- tra i quali Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer, Michael Brecker e Branford Marsalis, quest'ultimo ospite nella garbata ballad “I Never Knew" -Joey Calderazzo guida un efficace quanto affiatato trio, con il quale affronta brillanti medium swing ("Manfold"), intensi jazz waltz ("Why Me"), sequenze ...

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Interview

Joey Calderazzo: Improviser in Top Form

Read "Joey Calderazzo: Improviser in Top Form" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Creative musicians are generally an insightful lot: people that have curious minds but also have a sense of direction--a sense of purpose, if not a search for it. They express what they see, what they experience. Pianist Joey Calderazzo is among those. A man of extraordinary talent at the keyboard, he's held the piano chair in Branford Marsalis' band for some 11 years and also spent a long tenure with Michael Brecker. Both of those men have had ...

Album Review

Håkan Broström: Refraction

Read "Refraction" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Refraction è un lavoro nel quale il saxofonista e compositore svedese Håkan Broström si avvale della fondamentale partecipazione del pianista Joey Calderazzo e dei preziosi Daniel Fredriksson alla batteria e Martin Sjostedt al contrabbasso. La musica contenuta nell'album - registrata nel febbraio 2008 - percorre un sentiero caratterizzato da un mainstream elegante, rotondo nelle melodie e sempre teso al raggiungimento dell'obiettivo di bellezza formale ed espressiva. Broström si lascia apprezzare per i soli che lo vedono figura primaria in diverse ...

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Album Review

Joey Calderazzo: Amanecer

Read "Amanecer" reviewed by Elliott Simon


There is a hopefulness borne out of the continued crystallization of pianist Joey Calderazzo's sense of his artistic self on Amanecer. Compositionally and musically, the session is a potpourri. Reworked pieces that date to his associations with saxophonists Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis along with new originals are presented in solo, duo and trio formats. Artistically, there is clearly a developmental process at work here; Calderazzo reaches back to the roots of his craft to extend his ...

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Album Review

Joey Calderazzo: Amanecer

Read "Amanecer" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


On Amanecer, pianist Joey Calderazzo continues to prove that playing solo is one of his strengths. His fearless and stalwart performances with the Branford Marsalis Quartet have been documented over the last few years but outside of the group his playing soars even more. Like its predecessor Haiku (Marsalis Music,2004), this recording is intimate, insightful, flowing with a quiet strength as the pianist delivers an effective set of tunes (both solo and with special guests). The music ...

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Album Review

Joey Calderazzo: Amanecer

Read "Amanecer" reviewed by Jim Santella


With five solo piano selections and several with guests in tow, Joey Calderazzo gently squeezes tender melodies from the piano in a program of muted eloquence. He caresses the keys in a fluid manner, adding in blue notes and consonant harmonic gestures to maintain balance. Calderazzo loves to “sing through his piano pieces, providing a fragrant adventure for each tune that's designed to instill lyrical simplicity.

The pianist, 42, has made an impression during the past two decades ...


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