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Chris Pattishall: Zodiac

Read "Zodiac" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Per il suo debutto discografico Chris Pattishall ha scelto di reinterpretare la fondamentale e misconosciuta Zodiac Suite di Mary Lou Williams. Una prova che il pianista supera brillantemente alla guida del suo quintetto, in collaborazione col produttore Rafiq Bhatia. Nelle storie del jazz Mary Lou Williams viene ricordata soprattutto per le composizioni e orchestrazioni che scriveva per le orchestre di Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman (ricordate il contagioso “Roll ´Em"?) e persino Duke Ellington. Era un'artista geniale e ...

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Chris Pattishall: Zodiac

Read "Zodiac" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is pianist Chris Pattishall's take on Mary Lou Williams' “Zodiac Suite," an extended work that has been unjustly overlooked in jazz history. Williams originally recorded this suite in solo and trio format but Pattishall rearranges it for his quintet and adds subtle sound design touches by Rafiq Bhatia that enrich the depth and context of the music without radically changing it. This accounts for things like the rattling percussion in the middle of “Gemini" that breaks up ...

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Jonathan Saraga: Journey to a New World

Read "Journey to a New World" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It's been five years since Jonathan Saraga's debut release, First Vision, but the trumpeter's sophomore album was worth waiting for. Saraga's precise and passionate technique, combined with thoughtful, well- constructed compositions (and a couple nicely-arranged cover tunes) make for a stimulating listen that rewards on a number of levels. The record's title captures the feel of the music well, as each track pursues its own distinctive path, often developing in unexpected ways that are melodically rich and rhythmically sophisticated.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Self Produced



Brontosaurus Records


Journey to a New World

Fresh Sound New Talent


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