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AP6C: Layers

Read "Layers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Have you been wondering lately, where all the thoughtful music has gone? Today we have universities teaming with technical wunderkinds who can flawlessly navigate “Giant Steps" or “Cherokee," and recordings that are showcases of dexterity and complexity, but much of it is devoid of the essence of meaning, in other words, soul. That is, until you push play on Layers by Alberto Pinton Sestetto Contemporaneo (AP6C). The Italian-born, Sweden resident Pinton has released multiple recordings with his quartet ...

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Mountweazel, Tim Haldeman & More

Read "Mountweazel, Tim Haldeman & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Musicians are no different than many of us as we move from place to place for reasons of opportunity, love, employment, school, freedom, safety and peace. This week's edition of One Man's Jazz features three sax players who have done just that. Sweden's Alberto Pinton is Italian, but has lived in Sweden for many years. You'll hear music from two different Pinton-led groups: his trio and his quartet Noi Siamo. Also Italian, but now living in Berlin, is Davide Lorenzon, ...

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Alberto Pinton Quartet: Live in Japan

Read "Live in Japan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You never really recognize a musician or ensemble until you hear them live. In the studio, artists have the luxury of multiple takes and edits to fine-tune their sound. Live in concert, the trade-off for the lack of second takes, is the musicians' ability to feed off of the energies of the audience. Their true identities are revealed. Here, the lack of pristine sonics are swapped for an authentic product. A prime example is the scratchy and noisy Live At ...

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Alberto Pinton/Noi Siamo: Resiliency

Read "Resiliency" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the old days, before clouds, streaming music, and compact discs, the first track from reedist Alberto Pinton's latest release Resiliency would encompass an entire side of a vinyl LP. Maybe we should consider the past when listening to this release by his quartet, Noi Siamo. The disc, recorded live at Stockholm's Glenn Miller Cafe in 2015, opens with “Krigarens Väg," (Warrior's Way) a complete workout in itself. Pinton burns through his clarinet before moving onto his baritone ...

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Alberto Pinton: Nascent

Read "Nascent" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Italian multi-woodwind specialist Alberto Pinton earns his living in Stockholm. Spanning the past several years, and via the level of band support he receives, it reaffirms that there's no shortage of world-class talent in Sweden. Pinton's muscular and hard-driving presence on clarinet and baritone saxophone signals a program that largely smokes, other than when he tempers the modalities with raspy flute work, evidenced on the buoyant jazz-waltz vamp, “Clean Slate." The leader bridges boisterous levels of ultra- modern jazz with ...

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Alberto Pinton: Nascent

Read "Nascent" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Italian-born, Stockholm-based sax and woodwinds player Alberto Pinton new quartet Nascent = 14719 brings the best of him. Pinton is an experienced and varied musician who honed his art in dozens of recordings as a leader, co-leader-- in his own former quartet and quintet, Dog Out quartet with saxophonist Fredrik Nordström and another collaborative quartet with saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar or as a sideman; a clever composer who is well versed with the rich jazz legacy but does not feel bound ...

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Alberto Pinton / Jonas Kulhammar / Torbjorn Zetterberg / Kjell Nordeson: Chant

Read "Chant" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

This beefy quartet was drawn from existing Stockholm bands by baritone saxophonist/clarinetist Alberto Pinton at the suggestion of Clean Feed producer Pedro Costa. As bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg describes it in his liner note, it's half of his octet, half of tenor and baritone saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar's quartet, half of Kullhammar and drummer Kjell Nordeson's quartet Nacka Forum and more than half of Pinton's quintet. The group that emerges from three days of live recording in Coimbra, Portugal is a free-bop ...


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