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Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz/Crossover Albums

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Zakir Hussain turns 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent degree. Since the 1970s, Hussain has been at the forefront of so-called World Music, experimenting with Indo-rock in Shanti, pioneering pan-global rhythms ...

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Lionel Loueke: I Dare You

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Though 2020 proved to be challenging, to say the least, Lionel Loueke can look back on a year blighted by the COVID-19 pandemic with some personal satisfaction. To produce not one but two great albums was no small feat. First, there was Gilfema 3 (Sounderscore), a brilliant outing with Massimo Biolcati and Ferenc Nemeth—the trio's first recording in twelve years. That was followed by the solo album HH (Edition Records), an innovative tribute to the music of Herbie Hancock. Both ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell, Carmen Castaldi: Garden of Expression

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Joe Lovano has long been hailed as a standard bearer of mainstream tenor saxophone--a natural heir to Sonny Rollins. Always open to exploring new fields, be it from small to large ensembles, or from a Charlie Parker homage to honoring opera legend Enrico Caruso, Lovano's robust sound has been his signature. Trio Tapestry (ECM, 2019), however, represented nothing less than a reinvention for the Cleveland-born saxophonist, then making his ECM debut as leader. Lovano, in the company of Marilyn Crispell ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Boi Akih: Storyteller

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Storyteller is singer Monica Akihary and acoustic guitarist Niels Brouwer's ninth recording since 1997, and their sixth as Boi Akih. No two Boi Akih albums are the same, though Akihary's Indonesian heritage--she often sings in the endangered Haruku language--and Brouwer's jazz-inflected improvisations are common denominators. Over the years the duo has embraced Indian, African and Asian elements, with guest musicians such as cellist Ernst Reijseger, tabla & percussion maestro Sandip Bhattacharya, classical percussionist Ryoko Imai, bass clarinetist Tobias Klein and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Sooäär-Yaralyan-Ounaskari: Goodbye July

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Estonian guitarist Jaak Sooäär, Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari and Armenian bassist Ara Yaralyan first joined ranks in 2016, though all three have been active across the Baltic jazz scenes since the 1990s. Sooäär has collaborated with veterans such as Anders Jormin, Han Bennink and Vladimir Tarasov, Ounaskari with Arve Henriksen and Tore Brunborg, while Yaralyan has played with Verneri Pohjola and Vardan Ovsepian, and is a regular in the trio of Kari Ikonen. The trio's debut, Shooting Star (o-tone music, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Simin Tander: Unfading

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Simin Tander's evolution has been fascinating to behold since her impressive debut Wagma (Neuklang Records, 2011), which featured pianist Jeroen van Vliet, bassist Cord Heineking and Etienne Nillesen on drums. The German/Afghan singer's whispered gravitas and keening lyricism on jazz-filtered chanson, Latin American balladry and her poetic originals was captivating enough, but her non-syllabic vocal improvisations signalled an original artist, unbound by convention. That same line-up delivered the even stronger Where Water Travels Home (Jazzhaus Records, 2014), with Tander expanding ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Stefan Braun & Mateusz Smoczynski: Keep On Turnin'

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A violin and cello duo might spark thoughts of chamber music, but Polish violinist Mateusz Smoczynski and German cellist Stefan Braun, classically trained though they are, are improvising musicians at heart; with Keep on Turnin' they revisit the jazz, fusion and funk songs that provided the soundtrack in their formative years. Though this is Smoczynski and Braun's debut, the mutual understanding nurtured over a decade of playing together is evident in both the intricate interplay and the ease with which ...


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