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Cecilia Sanchietti: La Terza Via

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Italian drummer Cecilia Sanchietti is an elegant musician and thoughtful composer. Both attributes are amply demonstrated on her second release as a leader La Terza Via, loosely translated as “The Third Side of the Coin." Of the ten captivating pieces that comprise the album seven are Sanchietti's originals and the other three seamlessly fit within the overall conceptual unity of the disc. The leader's antiwar “Not (in) my name" is dramatic and multifaceted. It opens with poignant and ...

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Dmitry Baevsky: Over and Out

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New York based saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky's fourth release as a leaderOver and Out finds the St Petersburg native in a spare setting backed only by bass and drums. With his alto's warm, organic tone in the spotlight, Baevsky interprets a mixture of his originals and standards with intense lyricism and confident and mature bravado. Baevsky endows pianist Cedar Walton's “Turquoise" with an eastern mysticism as his warm, languid saxophone meanders fantastically around the main theme. His clever improvisation ...

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Mansur Scott Harlem Quartet: Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered

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Male jazz singers are a rare breed and most fashion themselves after the quintessential crooner Frank Sinatra. It is, therefore, intriguing to discover one with as singular, bold and blues-based as Mansur Scott. His intimate and intensely personal Sometimes Forgotten, Sometimes Remembered was released after a brush with death due to a heart attack and stroke, and is an affirmative celebration of life, with a strong spiritual and mystical bent.“Nature Boy," opens with bassist Wayne Batchelor's atmospheric, reverberating ...


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