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The Vampires: Nightjar

Read "Nightjar" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

Australian saxophonist Jeremy Rose's admiration for minimalist trio The Necks is of great depth, to the extent that he published an essay on the group, entitled “Memory and Mindfulness in the Musical Rituals of the Necks," examining musical ritualistic practices “beyond the African American realm capable of scaffolding transcendent experience." And he is not the only Vampire to have previously collaborated with a Neck. Besides his own ethno-improvisational endeavor with the trio Vazesh, featuring The Necks bassist Lloyd Swanton and ...

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The Vampires: Pacifica

Read "Pacifica" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

While The Vampires' last venture The Vampires meet Lionel Loueke (earshift music, 2017) saw the Australian quartet collaborating with Beninese guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke in a run of colorfully diverse tunes and extensive structures, their newest one finds them dialing things back to a simpler nature, yet equally expressive soundscapes. One of the main things that manifests itself straight from the start is the powerfully upfront and modern production. Loud claps and compressed snare bumps, matched by continuous ...

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The Vampires: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke

Read "The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Loro sono una delle formazioni australiane jazz che maggiormente si sta facendo notare a livello mondiale, lui uno dei chitarristi più quotati e che insieme a dischi registrati con Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding e Kenny Barron, sta dando vita a una entusiasmante serie di raffinatissimi album solisti. The Vampiers Meet Loueke celebra l'incontro fra lo strumentista nato in Benin e la band con dieci composizioni che raccontano di una felicissima intesa frequentemente a cavallo fra jazz ed etno. I ...

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The Vampires: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke

Read "The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The decade old Australian five piece The Vampires, fronted by dueting brass players Jeremy Rose and Nick Garbett, sought out the rising Beninese guitar prodigy Lionel Loueke for their ambitious fifth outing The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke. With the addition of Loueke's virtuoso playing and singular guitar tone to the soothing mix of ethnic-world-influenced music, written by Rose and Garbett, seemingly generic compositions grow into exotic and enticing performances that exude positive vibrations of a very rare energy.

Album Review

The Vampires: The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke

Read "The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As we mature as music listeners, the need to select a piece of music as your summer theme song, go-to party album, or road trip recording fades. Just like the childhood requirement to designate who is your best friend, we don't wear the grooves of records out these days. Let's, for old times sake, choose a recording to be our favorite companion to mark a season. The Vampires meet Lionel Loueke is just such a recording. Just as ...


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