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Jure Pukl: Doubtless

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Melissa Aldana guested on two tracks featured on Jure Pukl's previous album Hybrid (Whirlwind, 2017), so it's no surprise that she's been recruited again for Pukl's follow-up recording. However, taking a slightly different tack, the saxophonist has dispensed with a piano or any chordal instrument for this set. But having two front line tenor saxophones isn't a new thing in modern jazz. For example, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims did this on their 1960 album You 'N' Me (Mercury), albeit ...

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Jure Pukl & Matija Dedić: Hybrid

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New York-based Slovenian saxophonist Jure Pukl and Croatian pianist Matija Dedić team-up with quartet completed by Matt Brewer on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums for an exciting set recorded in NYC in May 2016. Pukl has collaborated with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Jeff “Tain" Watts, Dave Liebman and Vijay Iyer and Dedić's has performed with artists including Larry Grenadier, John Hollenbeck and Jeff Ballard. There's some incendiary tenor saxophone from co-leader Jure Pukl on the breezy ...

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Jure Pukl: EARchitecture

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Saxophonist and composer Juri Pukl is a man of many parts. He has ensconced himself in jazz, but he is also involved with pop, rock and hip hop. His compositions are strongly ingrained in the written note but he views a distant horizon as he and his band mates set out on the road to improvisation. All of this serves him well on EARchitecture.Pukl balances muscularity with gentleness on this well selected passel of tunes. As an improviser ...