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Petros Klampanis: Tora Collective

Read "Tora Collective" reviewed by John Chacona

Some ideas work better on paper than on record. Take the attempts to fuse jazz and Greek popular music. There is, to be sure, a certain logic to the notion. Both traditions share an emphasis on virtuosic improvisation and a foundation in dance rhythms. Rebetika, the mournful songs of heartache, alienation and drug use brought to Greece in the population exchanges of a century ago, is, with some reason, called “the Greek blues."

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Oded Tzur: Isabela

Read "Isabela" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

A due anni di distanza dall'eccellente disco di esordio su ECM Here Be Dragons, preceduto da due CD pubblicati per Enja, che aveva sollevato lodi sperticate da parte di un po' tutta la critica, il sassofonista israeliano (ma basato a New York) Oded Tzur prova a bissarne il successo e non fallisce. Il nuovo lavoro ribadisce in pieno l'ottima impressione suscitata dall'album precedente e conferma il sassofonista come uno dei più interessanti tra gli astri nascenti del nuovo jazz internazionale. ...

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Oded Tzur: Isabela

Read "Isabela" reviewed by David Bruggink

Saxophonist Oded Tzur burst onto the jazz scene in 2012 with a remarkable approach to his instrument that drew upon his studies with Hariprasad Chaurasia, a master of Hindustani Classical music. Joining pianist Shai Maestro, bassist Petros Klampanis, and drummer Ziv Ravitz, he formed a New York-based quartet that began performing locally and ultimately released a debut album, Like a Great River (Yellowbird), in 2015. On that thrilling recording, the wider world was exposed to Tzur's unique mélange of Indian ragas, ...

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Oded Tzur: Isabela

Read "Isabela" reviewed by Chris May

Oded Tzur's 2020 album, Here Be Dragons, the Israeli-born, New York-based tenor saxophonist's first release on ECM, triggered an eruption of purple prose. Critics competed to see who could convey the most enthusiasm. A few even suggested that the Tzur quartet was the inheritor of the mantle of John Coltrane's classic quartet. That might have been over the top, and was certainly premature--Here Be Dragons was only Tzur's third album in a recording career which had begun as recently as ...

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Eric Binder: Hard Bop

Read "Hard Bop" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Eric Binder is a drummer based in the Chicago area gaining recognition as a teacher and technician who combines slick sequencing and academic awareness to create modern masterworks with a classic jazz sound. This abbreviated yet consistently inspiring album affirms Binder as a rising force on the US jazz scene. Authenticity is obviously vital to Binder, who earned a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and teaches at three colleges. He has multiple, academic-based publications to ...

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Petros Klampanis: Irrationalities

Read "Irrationalities" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Giunto al quarto album, il bassista greco attivo tra Atene e New York, cambia organico confermando la personale cifra espressiva nel nuovo contesto. Fattosi apprezzare per le composizioni melodicamente suggestive, in sofisticate orchestrazioni con archi, Petros Klampanis presenta un trio tutto europeo, con il batterista polacco Bodek Janke e il pianista estone Kristjan Randalu. I due nuovi partner si conoscono dall'adolescenza (entrambi emigrati con le famiglie in Germania) ed hanno già inciso un disco in duo (Grupa Janke ...

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Petros Klampanis: Irrationalities

Read "Irrationalities" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You'd expect a strong pulse on Irrationalities by bassist Petros Klampanis. What comes as a beautiful surprise is the diversified approach he utilizes in his compositions and performance. Not that we don't hear a variety of approaches on he previous outings. Both Chroma (Minos-EMI, 2017) and Minor Dispute (Inner Circle Music, 2015) concentrated on a chamber sound with string ensembles. Here Klampanis pares down his expression to the a simple trio. A piano trio maybe actually be the ultimate ...


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