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Album Review

Ricardo Pinheiro: Turn Out The Stars—The Music Of Bill Evans

Read "Turn Out The Stars—The Music Of Bill Evans" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Much has been written about pianist Bill Evans and the influence he had on the development of new piano voices following his emergence in the 1950s. Evans infused his style with eloquent lyricism, coupled with harmonic transpositions and modal improvisations, all of which lead to an easily recognizable sound. It should be no surprise that his compositions carried these same hallmarks. Portuguese guitarist Ricardo Pinheiro brought his accomplished playing to some of Evans' compositions in his release Turn Out The ...

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Martial Solal: Coming Yesterday: Live At Salle Gaveau 2019

Read "Coming Yesterday: Live At Salle Gaveau 2019" reviewed by Chris May


In 2010, a British writer travelled to Paris to interview the pianist Martial Solal. The address he had been given was in the affluent suburb Chatou. On arrival, Solal's house struck the writer as something quite unlike the home of any other jazz musician he had ever visited, an haute bourgeoisie villa surrounded by an ornamental garden full of mature trees, the whole surrounded by a high metal fence. The French take their artists seriously and, on the evidence of ...

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Album Review

UASSYN: Zacharya - Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol. 87

Read "Zacharya - Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol. 87" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


This young Swiss saxophone trio spawns a democratic effort where each musician stands out as a contributor throughout the rather brief (32- minutes) timeframe. Thus, no one hogs the limelight from a holistic viewpoint. Moreover, the press release states that, “Now Uassyn is taking their long overdue next step and recorded their debut album “Zacharya" for the 87th release of Jazz Thing Next Generation. Its music, which resembles an independent language--which is why the band name is also an invented ...

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Carla Marciano: Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Herrmann

Read "Psychosis - Homage to Bernard Herrmann" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


On this CD Italian saxophonist Carla Marciano pays tribute to a lifelong influence, the music of film soundtrack composer Bernard Hermann. Hermann wrote a lot of significant scores in his time but Marciano concentrates on his music for thrillers. She mostly deals with his scores for Alfred Hitchcock, but also tackles his music for Martin Scorsese's “Taxi Driver" and Roy Boulting's “Twisted Nerve." Marciano's arrangements of this music divide into two motifs, darkly seductive love themes and boiling ...

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Album Review

Julia Karosi: Without Dimensions

Read "Without Dimensions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Julia Karosi is a Hungarian vocalist and composer who, in this set, leads her group through sparkling music steeped in the traditions of her country's folk music and two of its most prominent 20th century composers, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. She interprets the work of both men as well as playing her own original music. Karosi largely sings wordlessly on this disc, her clear, soprano voice whirling and soaring over the electric soundscapes of Ben Monder's guitar ...

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Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


When a drummer/percussionist records a solo album—especially one with the title Free—a potential listener's first expectation would likely involve long, abstract drum solos. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dutch musician Joost Lijbaart took the opportunity offered by Covid-19 downtime to craft a suite of short pieces characterized by a rich variety of timbres (including non percussive instruments such as harmonium and flute) and a frequently contemplative sound world. “Strangers From The Sky" opens the album with ...

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Album Review

Enrico Pieranunzi & Bert Joris: Afterglow

Read "Afterglow" reviewed by Chris May


Enrico Pieranunzi is a multidimensional pianist and composer, but when he is in mellow mood he can remind one of the late, great Henry Mancini—and it is not just his Italian heritage. Pieranunzi is a classically trained jazz musician, whereas Mancini was a jazz trained soundtrack composer with a heaven-sent gift for writing great tunes, “Moon River" and “Baby Elephant Walk" among them. Pieranunzi, too, can write melodies which are lovely and catchy. Like Mancini, he also brings a cinematic ...


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