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Phronesis / Julian Argüelles / Frankfurt Radio Big Band: The Behemoth

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Long regarded as the European piano trio filling a void left by the Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Phronesis has been continually evolving since their debut Organic Warfare (Loop Records, 2007). Their philosophy has been consistent across the past ten years--regarding the root “Americanisms" of jazz as anachronistic rather than required methodology, Phronesis has freed itself to absorb jazz influences in equal parts to classical, regional folk and rock inspirations. Not surprisingly, adding fifteen musicians to the mix results in a completely ...

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Phronesis; Julian Argüelles; Frankfurt Radio Big Band: The Behemoth

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Julian Argüelles needs no lessons on how to arrange for a big band since cutting his teeth with the 1980s jazz phenomenon Loose Tubes, later joining Chris McGregor's legendary Brotherhood Of Breath. He also has recorded over a dozen albums under his name and subsequently leading several line-ups including his latest quartet Tetra. This is the fifth album by the Scandinavian/British band Phronesis since 2010. Argüelles already had history with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band since their joint recording of ...

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Live From Old York: Julian Argüelles, Poltergeist, Dr. Feelgood & North Mississippi All-Stars

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The Julian Argüelles Quartet The University Of York October 12, 2013 Saxophonist Julian Argüelles grew up in Birmingham, spent much of his career in London and can now be found stomping around the coastal village of Belhaven in Scotland. Over the years, he's developed an ongoing relationship with The University Of York, on both the teaching and performance fronts. This gig gave Argüelles the opportunity to present his current youthfully spry cohorts, nearing ...

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Julian Arguelles: Momenta

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Following fast on the delicately wrought solo album Inner Voices (Tone Of A Pitch, 2008), on which Julian Arguelles played a panoply of overdubbed saxophones, clarinets and flutes, here's a more extrovert outing from the lyrical and emotionally engaged British reed player. Momenta was made with the 16-piece Frankfurt Radio Bigband, and has the added bonus of rising star Gwilym Simcock, more usually associated with the saxophonist Tim Garland, as featured pianist.

During the 1980s, Arguelles spent four ...

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Julian Arguelles: Inner Voices

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If a solo album by a saxophonist sounds a little dry and rigorous ... wait! Julian Arguelles' Inner Voices dodges any such preconceptions, delivering instead a melodic, foot-tapping hour of gentle, feel-good music. An album it closely resembles isn't in fact a solo saxophone album at all, but fellow British reed player Finn Peters' mellifluous Butterflies (Accidental, 2008), an engaging confection of strong tunes played by close-harmonized flutes and saxophones over supple motor rhythms, in which the jazz tradition is ...

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Julian Arguelles: Partita

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Partita, the sixth CD to come out under the leadership of Julian Argüelles, consists of fifteen tracks occupying less than 48 minutes, and over half of them don't even top the two-minute mark. Argüelles concentrates more or less exclusively on his tenor sax for the longer tracks, while the snippets are literally too short to merit prolonged discussion. It all makes for frustrating listening.

The meditative air of the relatively extended “Warm Winter Coat Of Spruce features Argüelles overdubbing various ...


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