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Itamar Borochov: Arba

Read "Arba" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Il sistema modale del maqam arabo, la tradizione sefardita e quella jazzistica degli anni Sessanta convivono felicemente nel sesto CD del trombettista Itamar Borochov. Arba è un'importante finestra sul variopinto laboratorio musicale della scena contemporanea, che mette in luce un musicista originale e lungimirante. Al di là dei buoni esiti artistici, va sottolineato soprattutto il coraggioso caledoscopio musicale prodotto dalle nove tracce di impianto modale. Arba costituisce un ponte di solidarietà tra mondo israeliano e mondo ...

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Lucas Pino: Covers

Read "Covers" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Covers is a quartet date in which New York-based tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino “covers" half a dozen generally pleasing songs written by his contemporaries, alongside one each by Charlie Parker ("Relaxin' at Camarillo") and Duke Pearson ("New Girl"). Pino's smooth, articulate tenor saxophone is reinforced by guitarist Alex Goodman, bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Allan Mednard. This represents something of a departure for Pino who usually records with larger groups--including his No Net Nonet--and seldom covers other ...

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Itamar Borochov: Arba

Read "Arba" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Trumpeter Itamar Borochov is originally from the Middle East but is part of the New York jazz scene. He plays a quarter-tone trumpet which helps bring an unusual expressiveness and calm to his sound, This is well-suited to the music he plays which is steeped in the chords and scales of the Mediterranean area where he grew up. Tracks such as “Abraham" and “What Broke You?" spotlight the ethereal beauty of Borochev's sound as he broods over Rob ...

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Joel Ross: The Parable Of The Poet

Read "The Parable Of The Poet" reviewed by Chris May


The story of jazz is part musical and part social, the two strands interacting to shape, on one hand, the sound we hear and, on the other, the demographic who make it and constitute its audience. Viewed from London, the semiology surrounding New York-based vibraphonist Joel Ross' octet, heard on his third Blue Note album, The Parable Of The Poet, tells a social story as much as it does a musical one. The octet's optics (check the ...

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Roxy Coss: Disparate Parts

Read "Disparate Parts" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Let's just get thing one out into the open right away: Disparate Parts has plenty of balls to spare. Saxophonist Roxy Coss' acute, teasingly biting tone and rich, no boundaries disposition to composing and jamming has placed her high in the generational echelon of new and challenging players. She willingly and unapologetically blends and blurs the lines to suit any and all missives, and the fourteen fireballs heard loud and clear on Disparate Parts broach nothing less. Commandeering ...

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Gabriel Vicéns: The Way We Are Created

Read "The Way We Are Created" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Puerto Rican jazz guitarist & composer Gabriel Vicéns has been living in New York City since 2016 but, for this album, he chose to explore traditional Puerto Rican music (Bomba and Plena—music and dance styles born from African slavery and Caribbean influences) blended with his own compositional style. He was also exposed to Cuban Changüí, and began incorporating some stylistic devices from it into his guitar playing. The title tune begins the program with an infectious ostinato pattern ...

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Alex Goodman: Impressions in Blue and Red

Read "Impressions in Blue and Red" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Con questo splendido doppio album, Alex Goodman esce dal limbo dei talentosi chitarristi emergenti per entrare a pieno titolo tra i solisti e compositori più interessanti del jazz contemporaneo. Era proprio ora. All'età di 34 anni, con sette dischi da leader e prestigiosi premi internazionali (tra cui la vittoria al Montreux International Jazz Guitar del 2014), il chitarrista e compositore canadese ottiene i meritati riconoscimenti della critica con un'opera particolarmente matura. Un concept album che vuol associare ...


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