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Emanuele Primavera Quintet: Above the Below

Read "Above the Below" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

From the very first notes of “Walk Away," the opening track of this album, one perceives a special feeling of poise, weight, balance and intense storytelling, a marker of great music. These young musicians have something to say, and they know how to speak their piece. As a composer Emanuele Primavera combines melodic invention with harmonic openness, leaving an open field for the inspired contributions of the other members of the quintet, all from Sicily apart from Florentine ...

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Andrea Domenici Trio: Playing Who I Am

Read "Playing Who I Am" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

The traditional road to musical success has been to make and promote a first recording, aiming for the kind of critical and public attention that leads to prestigious bandmates and gigs. But the fine pianist Andrea Domenici paves a new path with his masterful debut Playing Who I Am, since it arrives after he has already performed globally, in top New York City venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Smalls, Mezzrow, and Smoke, and with some ...

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Claudio Fasoli Four: London Tube

Read "London Tube" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the pleasures of traveling to events abroad is the opportunity to learn about musicians who may be established at home, but are deserving of more attention abroad. Such was the case when covering the Fondazione Siena Summer Jazz Workshop 2013 in Siena, Italy, and the chance to experience saxophonist Claudio Fasoli, both in action as an instructor at the academy and at a very special performance by his Claudio Fasoli Four. London Tube is the quartet's second recording ...

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Ron Horton: It's A Gadget World...

Read "It's A Gadget World..." reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Preferring tonal clarity and precise lines, trumpeter Ron Horton eschews the extended manipulations frequently associated with contemporary improvisers. But the warm resonance of his sound and the fluidity of his improvisations ensure that he's never stodgy, as evidenced on this fourth CD as a leader. While the title plays with the notion of preoccupation with the latest electronic toys, the music illustrates the enduring pliability and vibrancy of a taut acoustic quartet. Often minimal, the tunes have ...

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Biagio Coppa: Anastomosi

Read "Anastomosi" reviewed by Seamus Seoighe

Italian saxophonist and composer Biagio Coppa writes about his project, Anastomosi: “Both the name of this project venture and those of the various pieces in the CD, are jokes that arose from a chance conversation about the meaning of certain terms contained in a medical glossary. But you know however, how serious games can be sometimes and how they can unexpectedly stimulate new ideas. For Anastomosi, a word that Coppa defines as “roughly, connection, he brings together some cutting edge ...


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