Articles by Hrayr Attarian

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Rich Halley: The Shape Of Things

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Accomplished saxophonist Rich Halley has an easily recognizable style which is marked with his brassy, rough-hewn tone, innovative ideas and simmering passion. After starting his own Pine Eagle label, in 2010, Halley added eleven stimulating albums to his discography, featuring bassist Clyde Reed and his son, drummer Carson Halley. In 2019 Halley started fronting the equally distinctive Matthew Shipp Trio. The fiery and captivating The Shape of Things is the quartet's second collaboration and expands on the themes explored on ...


Ivo Perelman: Shamanism

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Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman's impressive oeuvre is marked by its creator's singular talent of balancing intellectual rigor and passionate abandon. Perelman's improvisation-heavy pieces are dynamic and intricately constructed, sometimes resembling tone poems in their evocative nature. His 2020 Shamanism consists of ten of these which are imbued with sublime spirituality. Joining Perelman on this superlative release are long-time collaborator pianist Matthew Shipp, and guitarist Joe Morris. After Shipp's brief and haunting solo, “Prophets and Healers," the title track ...


Ivo Perelman: The Purity of Desire

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Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman is an imaginative and intrepid musical explorer. His prolific discography is replete with unique examples of his restless creativity all bearing his inimitable style. On the sensual The Purity of Desire Perelman joins forces with oud player Gordon Grdina and percussionist Hamin Honari. Together they perform a set of eight originals inspired by the works of the 13th century Persian Sufi poet Jalal Ad Din Rumi. The title track unfurls over Honari's complex rustling ...


Ivo Perleman: Dust of Light/Ears Drawing Sounds

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Saxophonist Ivo Perelman is an accomplished improviser whose intrepid experimentations have resulted in one of the most provocative modern music. Despite being prolific, additions to Perelman's discography are always refreshingly innovative partially because of like-minded and equally brilliant collaborators. Joining him on the superb Dust of Light/Ears Drawing Sounds, is the French guitar virtuoso Pascal Marzan. There is a spirituality that permeates the album, which is peppered with bursts of impressionistic colors. It opens with “Hot Dust-Obscured Galaxies" ...


Salim Javaid and Santiago Bogacz: Una Mirada Perdida / Ella Se Convirtio En Sus Ojos

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Uruguayan guitarist Santiago Bogacz, who sometimes goes by the stage name of Matador, is an inquisitive sonic explorer with a versatile creative vision. Bogacz uses a range of folk influences and styles to enhance his genre-bending solos without sacrificing his spontaneity. On his few duet outings he has proven to be an intrepid improviser, and does so again on this contemplative album. Joining Bogacz is the Czech-Pakistani saxophonist Salim Javaid. The camaraderie is seamless. The opener “El nuevo ...


Samo Salamon: Almost Alone Vol 1

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Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon is as prolific as he is innovative. His restless explorations have resulted in a large, versatile discography that ranges from the orchestral to the free flowing with a variety of ensembles. His 2020 release Almost Alone Vol. 1 is a set of eleven duets each with a different international guitarist. It is the first in a planned three-record series. Every track features a different set of motifs yet the eloquent lyricism of the dialogues ...


William Chernoff: Aim To Stay

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Canadian bassist William Chernoff showcases his crisp, clever writing and musicianship on his exciting debut, Aim To Stay. Leading a quartet made up of fellow alumni from Capilano University, Chernoff interprets seven of his lyrical originals that draw upon his various influences. For instance guitarist Bill Frisell serves as an inspiration for “Stop Me If You've Heard Enough," built on cinematic Americana motifs. Trumpeter Thad Bailey-Mai expands on the main theme with his warm and mellow phrases like ...


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