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Ludovica Burtone: Sparks

Read "Sparks" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


È un debutto discografico davvero significativo, questo di Ludovica Burtone, violinista friulana di formazione classica con un diploma in composizione del Berklee College of Music e un ottimo curriculum di collaborazioni con jazzzisti statunitensi e internazionali. Inciso a New York con un ensemble comprendente un quartetto d'archi e ritmica, più alcuni ospiti di rilievo (Melissa Aldana, Sami Stevens), il percorso musicale colpisce e affascina per la padronanza con cui Ludovica unisce le varie fonti d'ispirazione.

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Sam Decker: Shrove

Read "Shrove" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il titolo di questo disco è preso dal primo movimento del balletto Petrushka di Igor Stravinsky ed è indicativo della formazione del sassofonista Sam Decker. Laureato al New England Conservatory è stato molto attratto dal grande innovatore russo e da altri compositori del Novecento come Dmitrij Shostakovich e Bela Bartok. La musica di questo disco ne risente ma il suo taglio espressivo è un jazz contemporaneo dove libera improvvisazione e astratto camerismo convivono con le radiose melodie folk che impregnano ...

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Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Lo svizzero Sebastien Ammann, di professione pianista e compositore, guida in questo elegante, solido album un quintetto dalle geometrie ben definite e dai percorsi espressivo-espositivi conseguenti. Magari non vi si respirerà tutta l'originalità di questa terra, ma il lavoro d'insieme (soprattutto) è ottimamente congegnato e condotto, e sul piano solistico tutto procede analogamente, col trombone di Samuel Blaser una spanna sopra gli altri (peraltro sempre all'altezza della situazione). Subito l'iniziale “Yayoi" ci introduce eloquentemente entro i meandri ...

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Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pianist Sebastien Ammann is originally from Switzerland but has been part of the New York City jazz scene since 2008, collaborating with musicians such as Kris Davis, Tony Malaby, Ohad Talmor and George Schuller. His current main focus is on his quintet, Color Wheel, whose second album is a kaleidoscope of fresh sounds and interesting musical combinations. Ammann's compositions often have spiky surfaces carved out by saxophonist Michael Attias and trombonist Samuel Blaser which are then made palpable ...

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Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

Read "Resilience" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Stark, abstract inquiries are fashioned, some resolved, some left hanging, in the jarring and resolute music of Swiss-pianist Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel. With an uncanny ability to command the moment, Ammann and his equally inspired mates—Michael Attias on saxophone, bassistNoah Garabedian, trombonist Samuel Blaser and drummerNathan Ellman-Bell—take the moment and throw in a ton of turbulence and false leads and still close the deal. Quite nicely too. For the nine Ammann-imagined tracks on Resilience, Color Wheel's cart-wheeling follow-up to its ...

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Olli Hirvonen: Displace

Read "Displace" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen relocated to New York in 2011 where he attended the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. And on his maiden album for this label, the artist craftily fuses punk jazz, modern jazz, jazz fusion and noise music into a well-rounded, and sometimes psyched out presentation, highlighting his compositional scope and tenacious penchant for generating lofty concentrations of excitement. Hirvonen is a marksman via his intense phrasings and distortion-laced ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Live in Red Hook

Sunnyside Records
2024

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Window

TPR Recordings
2024

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Sparks

Outside in Music
2023

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Living at the End of...

ears&eyes Records
2022

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Resilience

Skirl Records
2020

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