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Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Dopo aver circumnavigato la musica di Monk in diversi contesti, prevalentemente come pianista in piccoli organici, Frank Carlberg, finlandese di nascita ma newyorchese a tutti gli effetti, affronta in questo suo ultimo, ambizioso lavoro l'ineffabile Thelonious da una prospettiva diversa: dedicandogli una serie di composizioni proprie ispirate a lui e alla sua arte così fuori da ogni ovvietà (non senza scampoli tematici acchiappati al volo e titolazioni spesso molto gustose ed emblematiche, da “Scallop's Scallop" a “Wrinkle on Trinkle," in ...

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Christine Correa: Just You Stand and Listen with Me

Read "Just You Stand and Listen with Me" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


«Il primo incontro con la musica di Abbey Lincoln l'ho avuto nel 1979 tramite Ran Blake, poco dopo il mio arrivo negli Stati Uniti--ha ricordato Christine Correa--. Non avevo mai ascoltato registrazioni così intense come la Freedom Now Suite e Straight Ahead. Il messaggio di Abbey era appassionato, espressivo, con un potere tutto suo. (...) Quella sua voce possente ha avuto un effetto duraturo su di me e la sua musica ha continuato ad essere una fonte d'ispirazione».

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Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pianist Frank Carlberg has been exploring the music of Thelonious Monk for some time, most specifically on his large group album, Monk Dreams, Hallucinations, and Nightmares, (Sunnyside, 2017). This new album has Carlberg returning to the large ensemble format for more Monk investigations, but this time approaching the work in a more splintered and abstract fashion. He does not simply interpret familiar Monk tunes. He writes compositions and arrangements which stitch Monk riffs and ideas into new fabrics, ...

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Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There was a sardonic saying circulating a few years ago that observed, “It's Frank Sinatra's world, we just live in it." While that was a backhanded compliment, tailoring it to the subject of this large ensemble recording, we would call it a commendation. Pianist, composer, and conductor Frank Carlberg is telling us, “It's Thelonious Monk's world, and (thank god) we live in it." Carlberg has been a disciple of Monk for decades, recording his music in a piano trio format ...

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Roxana Amed, Frank Calberg: Los Trabajos Y Las Noches

Read "Los Trabajos Y Las Noches" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La seconda collaborazione tra la cantante argentina Roxana Amed e il pianista finlandese Frank Carlberg continua a esplorare l'introspettivo mondo della poetessa Alejandra Pizarnik. Dopo La sombra de su sombra questo progetto prende il nome da uno dei massimi testi della poetessa, “Los trabajos y las noches," scritto nel 1965 dopo il suo ritorno a Buenos Aires dal lungo soggiorno parigino. Sette anni dopo si sarebbe tolta la vita all'età di 36 anni. Anche stavolta Carlberg ha ...

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David Lopato: Short Stories

Read "Short Stories" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Short Stories, pianist and composer David Lopato's seventh album, is for the most part modern in the best sense of the word. Lopato's musical influences are wide, ranging from jazz, blues and rock to avant-garde and free improvisation while embracing themes from Africa, Latin America and Asia--most notably Indonesia where he spent a year on a Fulbright scholarship learning to play the Javanese gamelan. Even when fusing these diverse bonds into a single vision, however, Lopato seldom strays from the ...

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Max Johnson Trio: Orbit of Sound

Read "Orbit of Sound" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Whereas Sketches (Fresh Sounds Records, 2022) could be considered a more traditional big bop trio recording with pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger and drummer Billy MIntz, Orbit of Sound, NY bassist Max Johnson's second heady release of 2022 finds him in the instigative company of the ever undefinable Anna Webber on tenor saxophone and flute and drummer Michael Sarin. On the verge of completing a tour of Europe in the fateful February and March of 2019, the trio's final concert ...

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Short Stories

Self Produced
2024

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Elegy for Thelonious

Sunnyside Records
2024

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Just You Stand and...

Sunnyside Records
2023

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Ballad for Brad

Slovak Music
2022

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Orbit of Sound

Self Produced
2022

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The Answer Within

From: Ballad for Brad
By Michael Sarin

Django's Castle

From: Django-shift
By Michael Sarin

Cloud Break

From: Night Devoid of Stars
By Michael Sarin

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