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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Anthony Ocaña & Nelson Ricart-Guerrero: In Trance

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In order to fully appreciate Anthony Ocaña's intriguingly beautiful In Trance, which consists of six multi-level instrumental tracks (some with choral background) followed by a twenty-minute recitation of the poem “La luna o los ritos del amor," written by Nelson Ricart-Guerrero, it is necessary to understand the inspiration for both. The music is inspired by the poem, and the poem's inspiration is described by its author: “The poem “La luna o los ritos del amor / ...

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Anthony Ocaña & Nelson Ricart-Guerrero: In Trance (La Luna o los Ritos del Amor)

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Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Anthony Ocaña has released a most unusual album with his In Trance. Ocaña has been actively pursuing a life in music since the age of five. The Dominican Republic native--now a resident of Madrid, Spain--switched from piano to guitar at an early age and was opening for pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the age of nineteen and later opening for multi-instrumentalist Egberto Gismonti. Though largely unknown in the US, this is Ocaña's sixth recording as a leader and ...

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Eyebrow: Garden City

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Mention the idea of the “garden city" to the good people of Britain and the likeliest (polite) response will be “Welwyn" or perhaps “Letchworth." Bristol, home to Eyebrow, isn't such a settlement but Garden City is the name the duo has given to its fourth album release. Pete Judge and Paul Wigens formed Eyebrow in 2009. The pair have extensive experience in jazz, punk and folk music--Judge is a member of Bristol jazzers Get The Blessing and has ...

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Klas Nevrin Ensemble: Live At Lederman

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Swedish pianist and composer Klas Nevrin, known for his ongoing collaborations with reed player Fredrik Ljungkvist in Ljungkvist's bands Yun Kan 5 and Yun Kan 10 and in the Norwegian- Swedish quartet Honeyleap, suggests a new arresting sonic aesthetic in his new solo album. His compositions forge a middle path between the rock-inspired lineage of free jazz and the ultra- minimalist school of contemporary improvisation, without settling for any of these contrasting aesthetics. Furthermore, Nevrin applied alternative, non-Western micro-tonal intonation ...

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Francesco Lo Castro: Chasing Beauty

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Positive energy flows and pleasing melodies abound in Chasing Beauty by guitarist and composer Francesco Lo Castro, the fifth album released on his own label. Using an array of outstanding musicians, voice and instrumentation, Lo Castro creates a sonic canvass that's reminiscent of artists Pat Metheny and Mike Stern. Throughout the disc, Lo Castro displays an innate skill and sensibility in relation to his supporting musicians, instinctively knowing when to hold back and also when to unleash their joyful vigor. ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Brian Eno: Visual Music

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Brian Eno: Visual Music Christopher Scoates 416 pages ISBN: 1452108498 Chronicle Books 2013 To say that polymath Brian Eno is one of the most influential figures of our time would be a severe understatement. Eno has been one of the pivotal figures of the 20th century music as he introduced a popular voice to a century of musical change, and he has continued to do so in the next one he has ...

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Take Five With Francesco Lo Castro

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Meet Francesco Lo Castro: Italian born Francesco Lo Castro is a UK-based jazz guitarist and composer known for his personal and melodic approach to improvisation. Style well showcased in his latest album, Songs for Duke.Instrument(s): Guitar.Teachers and/or influences? Gianni Cataleta. He has been my teacher not only with regards to theory and technical things but, more important, he prepared me for the road life, shaping my personality and pushing me ...

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Simon Little: The Knowledge of Things to Come

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The first wave of auteurs to substantially capitalize on the proliferation of sophisticated yet accessibly-priced music production technology hailed from the DJ and electronic scenes. With turntables, samplers and DAT machines in their arsenals, these solitary explorers discovered, manipulated and mixed sound in innovative ways. The boundary between instrument and tool would never be the same. The proliferation of multi-track recorders and expensive effects rigs have increased as their price and physical size has shrunk. As a ...


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