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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Makoto Ozone: Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 K-271

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It's Mozart, so you expect genius to jump out of the speakers, and it does, on Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 K-271. And it's not just the genius of the composer, it's also a brilliant showcase for pianist Matsuko Ozone's arranging and conducting skills, and for the hearty magnificence of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was twenty-one years old when he wrote this piece, and it is often considered his first true masterpiece. Taking ...

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Gary Burton/Makoto Ozone: Virtuosi

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Vibraphonist Gary Burton does not come from a conservatory background but with his wide range of musical interests it is not surprising he would finally choose to put his stamp on some compositions from the European classical tradition. Actually, on one of his first records he arranged and composed twelve “semi-classical” pieces for the George Shearing Quintet and woodwinds ( Out of the Woods, Capitol) that included some adaptations of Bach and Mozart. It’s a project he probably doesn’t list ...

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Makoto Ozone Trio: The Trio

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Back when Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone was attending Berklee, he was Gary Burton's prodigy and a frighteningly promising improvisor. Ozone has an unusual ability to suggest odd traits of past masters – the muscularity of Ahmad Jamal, the happy romanticism of Bill Evans, the simplicity of the intricate Joanne Brackeen and, at times, the classic panache of Chick Corea – and weave them into a personable style.

Somewhere along the way, even though all these traits are still evident, he ...


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