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Marcos Pin: Broken Artist

Read "Broken Artist" reviewed by James Nadal

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is famous for the religious pilgrimage, but in the jazz world it is gaining a reputation as a breeding ground for premier musicians. A host of piano players make the area home, so guitarist Marcos Pin easily stands out in the crowd. The hard bop influenced Broken Artist is his tenth release as leader, representing a focused trajectory and commitment to craft. This project is based around six compositions which depict a day in ...

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Telmo Fernandez and Marcos Pin: Take A Second

Read "Take A Second" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

As the name suggests, Take A Second is number two in guitarist Marcos Pin's Duology series. Pin's long-term plan is to record a series of ten albums in duet with a range of musicians. As plans go, it's not the most complicated ever hatched, but the two albums that have so far seen daylight suggest that it's certainly a plan worth putting into practice. Pin recorded his first Duology album, Session 1 (Free Code Jazz Records, 2014) with ...

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Marcos Pin and Yago Vazquez: Marcos Pin: Duology

Read "Marcos Pin: Duology" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Duology: Session 1 features the duet playing of guitarist Marcos Pin and pianist Yago Vazquez. The album is a tour through some of the most popular jazz standards. The duo format and individual talents of Pin and Vazquez bring a life and energy to the tunes, revealing the depth and potential in even the most frequently heard standards.The album consists of Charlie Parker's “Donna Lee" and “Dewey Square," Thelonious Monk's “Blue Monk," Jerome Kern's ever-present “All the Things ...

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Marcos Pin: Duology Session 1

Read "Duology Session 1" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Galician guitarist Marcos Pin is no stranger to ambitious projects. His Barbanza (Free Code Jazz Records, 2012) was a cinematic, expansive large ensemble work that fused modal jazz orchestration with his native musical heritage. His Duology is much more intimate yet no less challenging an undertaking. It will consist of ten separate sessions, each a duet with a like-minded colleague. The first of these is with pianist Yago Vàzquez who perfectly complements Pin on a series of five standards the ...

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Marcos Pin: Duology / Barbanza

Read "Marcos Pin: Duology / Barbanza" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Marcos Pin is one of the most interesting jazz guitarists in Europe. On his latest album, Duology, the Spaniard teams up with pianist Yago Vazquez to explore the fast, fluid bebop tradition of such stellar axemen as Tal Farlow and Jimmy Raney. It follows hard on the heels of Barbanza, featuring a ten-piece band which showcases Pin's talents as writer, arranger and leader. That one in turn appeared shortly after a new album by ...

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Marcos Pin Factor E-Reset: Barbanza

Read "Barbanza" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Spanish guitarist, composer and arranger {[Marcus Pin}}'s debut as a leader of a large ensemble follows the legacy and the aesthetics of mainstream American jazz with great love and owes little to the rich musical cultures of the Iberian peninsula. Pin focuses Barbanza on his strengths as an arranger who is well-versed in the vocabulary of cool jazz and early be-bop. The six original compositions of Pin and the cover of John Coltrane's “Moment's Notice" are structured ...

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Marcos Pin Factor-E Reset: Barbanza

Read "Barbanza" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Galician guitarist Marcos Pin has recorded in trio or quartet settings for a decade, so the dectet that interprets Barbanza represents a significant change in his modus operandi. Judging by the results though, you'd think he'd been composing for larger ensembles from the get go. Inspired by the Barbanza region of Galicia in north-west Spain, you might expect Iberian flavored music, but instead, the short-lived large ensembles of trumpeter Miles Davis and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley--and their post-bop quintets--seem to inform ...

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The Arrival of the Modern Guitarist: Marcos Pin and Hristo Vitchev

Read "The Arrival of the Modern Guitarist:  Marcos Pin and Hristo Vitchev" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The first months of 2013 saw the emergence of two fascinating and innovative guitar albums by two very different musicians who, nevertheless, share a strong European sensibility.Marcos Pin Factor E-ResetBarbanzaFree Code Jazz Records2013Galician guitarist and composer Marcos Pin has undertaken a daring project with Barbanza, his first recording leading a large ensemble. The spacious, dramatic and quite inventive set consists of six originals and a reading of saxophonist John Coltrane's ...

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Marcos Pin Factor-E Reset: Barbanza

Read "Barbanza" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Guitarist and composer Marcos Pin's seventh album, Barbanza, can readily be considered an Iberian project. The musicians are all from Spain, Pin's compositions and arrangements reflect the feelings evoked by his current homeland on the country's Barbanza Peninsula and the album was recorded in Portugal (although it was mixed and mastered in the USA). The ensemble, a ten-piece known as Factor-E Reset, has a sound that invites comparisons with the work of jazz legends with their own Iberian connections--but not ...


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