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Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies: Yellow Red Blue

Read "Yellow Red Blue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Soprano saxophonist/composer Jasmine Lovell-Smith released her excellent debut CD, Fortune Songs in 2012, two years after her move from her native New Zealand to New York. Four years later--after studies with Anthony Braxton and a move to Morelia, Mexico--she offers a follow-up effort, Yellow Red Blue. First rate debuts set up the expectations. Sophomore outings can disappoint through risk aversion or a wavering of artistic vision. Or they can delight via a broadening of the original vision--especially composition-wise--and ...

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Jasmine Lovell-Smith: Fortune Songs

Read "Fortune Songs" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A debut CD has to be good to get noticed--really good. Also, behind the pretty, well-designed cover art, an aspiring jazz person with a low profile has to have some nerve to put forty-five minutes to an hour of brand new music out there. At the very least, a new-to-the-scene artist better be able to run with the pack of more established players, or be quickly forgotten.Soprano saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith, who moved to New York from New Zealand ...

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Take Five With Jasmine Lovell-Smith

Read "Take Five With Jasmine Lovell-Smith" reviewed by Jasmine Lovell-Smith

Meet Jasmine Lovell-Smith: Jasmine Lovell-Smith is a composer and saxophonist from New Zealand, currently based in New York City. Born to an American mother, a trained opera vocalist, and a Kiwi father, the voice was her first instrument. After discovering jazz in high school, Jasmine took up the saxophone and went on to graduate from Massey University (Wellington, NZ) in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music (1st class Honors) majoring in jazz saxophone performance and composition. She was ...


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