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Marialy Pacheco: Introducing

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The album title is something of a misnomer as Introducing is Marialy Pacheco's seventh release as leader since Benediciones (Weltwunder Records, 2005). The jny:Melbourne-based Cuban's stock has certainly risen since that introduction, notably as a result of becoming the first female winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2012. A noted classical pianist too, Pacheco has recited Bach with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and guested with the Queensland Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata of St. John's. For her ...

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Marialy Pacheco: Spaces Within

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Spaces Within is Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco's first trio CD since making Brisbane, Australia her home in 2009, though it's her fourth overall. It follows Songs That I Love (Pinnacle Records, 2011), an impressive solo outing where Pacheco displayed all the strengths that won her the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition award in 2012. As good as that solo album is, Pacheco clearly thrives in the trio setting, and drummer Joe Marchisella and brother Pat Marchisella on bass prove ...

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Marialy Pacheco: A Sunshine State of Mind

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It takes courage and self-belief to up sticks and try your luck in another country. There is, after all, no guarantee that things will work out, and some hard times are almost assured. The language barrier can leave you feeling utterly isolated, and until you gain fluency it is not possible to be truly yourself. It's essential to pack a good supply of hope before embarking, and equally important upon arrival to maintain the ability to laugh at life's sometimes ...

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Marialy Pacheco: Songs That I Love

Read "Songs That I Love" reviewed by Ian Patterson

For her third solo album, and first for Australian label Pinnacles Music, Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco follows her truest muse--the songs closest to her heart. It follows that the eight tracks--Cuban compositions, two by Jerome Kern, two originals, and one by Paul Simon--were recorded with minimum fuss in just three hours. Consequently, these performances have a refreshingly vital immediacy, and an exciting improvisational vein, which begs the question why more artists don't take this approach in the studio. Pacheco's strong ...


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