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Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections

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There's something other worldly about this collaboration between innovative jazz vocalist Tom Barton and guitarist/composer Diego Villalta. Recorded in Osaka and inspired by the duo's experiences touring Japan the collection is wholly improvised, showcasing a broad range and variety of styles yet remaining coherent enough to suggest it could only have been this way. Barton describes it as “a free-jazz aesthetic, featuring extended vocal techniques and live looping, and electric guitar and FX" which is certainly true, if a little ...

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Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections

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This is the second album by Australian vocalist Tom Barton, the first being Aspirations (2014) and is an entirely improvised affair. On Connections Barton shares the credits with fellow countryman Diego Villalta on guitar and was recorded at Studio Osaka Recording, Osaka, Japan, whilst the pair were on tour in early 2015. Harmonium-like looped notes precede Tom Barton's wordless pellucid tenor vocals on the opening track “Trust." Any anticipation, garnered from this first offering, of the session being ...

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The Lalama Brothers: The Crepuscule Variations

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Ralph Lalama and Dave Lalama grew up in a home surrounded by the Great American Songbook which resulted in a highly evolved affinity, almost genetically implanted deep within their DNA appreciation for the songs of yesteryear. Both have made a career of music and have mastered the many nuances of the jazz language. Their new recording, The Crepuscule Variations is a celebration of their common past and their love of the art form, and more importantly the parents who introduced ...

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Marcos Eduardo Villalta: Sir Kep's Mummy Tummy

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We live in a world in which anyone who has a laptop has access to an almost infinite array of sonic possibilities and can draw inspiration from any corner of the earth or pocket in time. This kind of freedom can be creatively paralysing for some while others may respond by narrowing their gaze. Marcos Eduardo Villalta's music however, reveals to us an artist who has the rare capacity to utilise all that is at his disposal in a creative ...

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Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House

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Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon The Old 76 House Tappan, NY January 7, 2015 While the outside temperature plummeted to single digits and everyone groused about the bitter cold, tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama--undeterred by the circumstances--calmly suggested “Winter Wonderland." The seasonal favorite was the second selection by an ad hoc group assembled by bassist Mark Hagan, as part of his Wednesday night Jazz Salon series at The Old 76 House in Tappan, NY. A rewarding ...

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The Lalama Brothers: Erie Avenue

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The Lalama brothers have logged plenty of miles in the jazz world, but Erie Avenue, so named for the street where the brothers grew up in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is the first record they've ever put out together. Pianist Dave Lalama has worked with everybody from drum titan Buddy Rich to vocal icon Anita O'Day, and he currently helms Hofstra University's jazz program. Saxophonist Ralph Lalama is a talented leader, sought after sideman, and mainstay in the ...

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The Dave Lalama Big Band: The Hofstra Project

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As an academic, pianist Dave Lalama's resume includes being a founding faculty member of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music Jazz Program, as well as a current professor at Hofstra University where hundreds of students, colleagues and musicians have all been a part of his distinguished professional life. As a musician, his background includes performances with many legendary bandleaders, among them Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Mel Lewis. The combination of having worked with so many talented musicians throughout his ...

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The Dave Lalama Big Band: The Hofstra Project

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Pianist Dave Lalama is living proof that the divide between real-world practitioner and first-class educator is often imaginary. Lalama's résumé includes time spent with super singers like Eddie Jefferson and Anita O'Day, and big band icons like Road Father Woody Herman and super drummer Buddy Rich, but these performance credits don't tell the whole story about this artist-cum-teacher. From the early '80s onward, he was passing on his knowledge to the next generation through his work at institutions like New ...


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