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Francesco Guaiana Triptyque: The Spoiled Tree

Read "The Spoiled Tree" reviewed by Phil DiPietro


Palermo has, in turns, been designated Italy's cultural, economic, and tourist capital. It has not heretofore been acknowledged for its avant-garde, solo acoustic, spontaneous improv, or modern jazz scenes. Through his consistent issuance of aural postcards from his Byzantine outpost, guitarist Francesco Guaiana has quietly emerged as the region's most gifted practitioner at all of these sub-genres.

2002's Nojaz (Exaudi Records) melded free, inside-outside playing to textural atmospherics, while 2006's solo guitar outing, Clouds in Motion (FGR), adroitly employed loops ...

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Francesco Guaiana / Luca Lo Bianco / Jimmy Weinstein: Hitch_Hikers

Read "Hitch_Hikers" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Jazz lives! Brothers and sisters, ever since a fan scrawled that “Bird lives quote around New York to keep the memory of Charlie Parker from fading, the rallying cry has never been in doubt. Institutionalize the music by way of repertory companies and schooling, and the expression happens in the streets. Eliminate the jazz division from a major record company and independents pop up.

Fashioned by individual and group expression, jazz drummer Jimmy Weinstein's recordings always present a ...

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Francesco Guaiana: Clouds in Motion

Read "Clouds in Motion" reviewed by Phil DiPietro


There's not much information out there about one of 2002's finest recordings, NoJaz, by a talented young group led by our man-of-the-moment, guitarist Francesco Guaiana, hailing from Palermo, Sicily. A diamond in the vast mine of indie jazz, its virtuosically painted inside/outside-isms are tethered to an ECM folk aesthetic. Four years later, we have a solo guitar recording from Guaiana, now 33, who proves a talent to be reckoned with in this idiom as well.

Guaiana touches on a litany ...

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Francesco Guaiana Trio: Nojaz

Read "Nojaz" reviewed by Phil DiPietro


I don't know about you, but the “Jazz is Dead" press pool is really starting to bug me. The scene is so vibrant, so full of talent, so everywhere and so alive that it's nothing short of overwhelming. Releases like this are here to remind - no convince - us of that - they're just not easily dug out at your local record shop. In terms of the Biz, workarounds (involving a computer, a charge card and your friendly, neighborhood ...


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