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Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet: The Sound Of Listening

Read "The Sound Of Listening" reviewed by Chris May

There is something tantalisingly out of reach on the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet's The Sound Of Listening. It is not “difficult" music, but it is cryptic. After multiple replays the code remains unbroken. It seems something important is going on but... what exactly? It is rather like encountering Guiliana's fellow New Yorker, tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur for the first time. The music is not alien, but there is something deeply different about it. Coincidentally, Guiliana's pianist on ...

Live Review

I Poeti del Piano Solo 2021

Read "I Poeti del Piano Solo 2021" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

I poeti del piano solo Musicus Concentus Firenze Sala Vanni 1-3.10.2021 Seconda edizione della rassegna fiorentina I Poeti del Piano Solo, organizzata da Musicus Concentus con la direzione artistica di Stefano Maurizi, ancora una volta articolata su tre appuntamenti in giorni successivi e per l'occasione dedicata a pianisti trentenni, già ben affermati e di grandi prospettive. Ha inaugurato la serie, venerdì 1 Ottobre, il romano Enrico Zanisi, che si è presentato con ...


Shai Maestro: Human, All Too Human

Read "Shai Maestro: Human, All Too Human" reviewed by Scott Krane

ECM recording artist and erstwhile pianist for bassist, Avishai Cohen, Shai Maestro is both a firebrand and a lightning rod. Human, his sixth record as leader and second for ECM, features Jorge Roeder on bass, Ofri Nehemya on drums, and, making his debut in Maestro's combo, Philip Dizack on trumpet. Creamy and richly layered, Human flirts with free-time and soulful, yet dynamic, piano expression. The man of the hour showed up for the virtual interview wearing a grey ...

Album Review

Shai Maestro: Human

Read "Human" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

That pianist Shai Maestro dreams music is an understatement: With an intense romanticist's heart, he also plays in said dream state. And it is re-affirming to know that, after the hellish year the world has been dragged kicking through, that we can all dream too. Human dreams broadly with sunrises, sunsets and all the vulnerability in-between. Amid his steadfast and quick-witted rhythm section-- drummer and fellow Israeli Ofri Nehemya and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roede--Maestro adds the equally impassioned ...

Album Review

Shai Maestro: Human

Read "Human" reviewed by Chris May

After paying his dues with Avishai Cohen, with whose Trio he recorded four well received albums, pianist Shai Maestro cut loose on his own, debuting with Shai Maestro Trio (Laborie) in 2013. Human is Maestro's sixth own-name album and his second on ECM, followingThe Dream Thief in 2018. The new disc is elegant, expansive, emotionally charged and beautiful. It contains ten Maestro originals and one cover, a playful version Duke Ellington's “In A Sentimental Mood." This time ...

Album Review

Ben Wendel: High Heart

Read "High Heart" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

If Ben Wendel's fifth outing as a leader High Heart shows anything, it's that the saxophonist is ever advancing. While this may seem a fait accompli for a card-carrying member of the shapeshifting collective Kneebody, Wendel's worthy solo efforts have been notably more in a traditionally-sounding vein and thus his innovations were perhaps a bit less readily evident to ears acclimated to that other side of his resume. And yes, by comparison to Kneebody, High Heart still tacks toward a ...

Radio & Podcasts

Shai Maestro Trio At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Shai Maestro Trio At BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Shai Maestro began playing classical piano at the age of five an,d after discovering Oscar Peterson at the age of eight, he fell in love with jazz. After turning down offers from prestigious American music schools, at 19 he joined the band led by bassist Avishai Cohen featuring Mark Guiliana on drums. With that trio he toured with great success all over the world. A few years back he moved to Brooklyn, where he formed his own trio in 2011. ...


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