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Albert Vila: The Unquiet Sky

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Belgium-based Spanish jazz guitarist Albert Vila delivers his fourth album as leader with The Unquiet Sky, offering a tad more music than a standard album with a presentation of fourteen original compositions of modern-styled jazz that's quite appealing. There's little question whose recording this is as the leader's electric guitar voice becomes the center-piece of the disc from the opening tune. Except for two tracks documented in Barcelona, Spain (Vila's home town), the project was recorded in New ...

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Albert Vila: Standards

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Just because a record doesn't have many surprises doesn't mean it must be predictable or prosaic, a line of thinking for which Albert Vila's Standards makes a good case. The Barcelona-based guitarist delivers a program of well-known material from the likes of compositional giant Cole Porter, saxophone legend John Coltrane, piano icon Bill Evans and other top-tier figures , hewing close to the norm without giving off a been-there-done-that vibe. The biggest surprise here may actually be ...

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Albert Vila: Tactile

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Barcelona-based guitarist Albert Vila doesn't buy into the idea of generic compositions that go down easy, but result in a hunger for more substantial aural nourishment. Vila makes music with the utmost care and concern for texture, taste and dramatic development, and each one of his compositions is a mini-odyssey through his mind. Vila's debut album--Foreground Music (Fresh Sound, 2007)--was a quintet outing that highlighted the guitarist's unique writing and, while a pair of personnel changes help ...