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Gilbert Isbin Group: Water With A Smile

Read "Water With A Smile" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Belgian guitarist Gilbert Isban is a formidable nylon finger-picking veteran on everything from classical to avant-garde. He makes his debut as a composer and arranger on his 13th album--and in this case, that proves to be a lucky number.

Water With A Smile is another of those albums purporting the equation Latin + world + acoustic folk/rock = innovative jazz but listening to these dozen songs, it's clear that's exactly what this is. Vocalist Lea Van Loo and ...

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The Vinny Golia Quintet: One, Three, Two

Read "One, Three, Two" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes adversity can engender the most remarkable responses. Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia and his quintet had landed in Belgium the morning of September 11th, 2001, having taken off from New York a few hours before the terrible tragedy of the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks, only then to discover what had happened. When the promoters gave the group the option of cancelling the tour and trying to find its way back home, the musicians decided to stay and play because, in ...

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Joe Fonda & Gilbert Isbin: Blisters

Read "Blisters" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Joe Fonda and Gilbert Isbin, partners in time, create vivid imagery via the many manifestations of sound they take their instruments through, over, and across. What is more remarkable is that they do it with an astute aesthetic: there is no howl or cry in their music. What they have is rhythm, a pulse and a kinetic energy that constantly bristles.

The compositions are credited to Fonda and Isbin, but the heartbeat lies in the improvisation that gives ...

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The December Thirty Jazz Trio: Free For 3

Read "Free For 3" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

It is said that time and tide wait for no man. Time, however, has waited for this piano trio. The group's first recording, The Street One Year After, was released in 1991. Since then they have released two more, both in the last decade. As for the tide, it still roars in their favor. The brand new music on Free For 3 feels electrifying, emerging from the heartland of musicians who have an apparent affinity with each other. It is ...

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Michael Jefry Stevens: The Survivor's Suite

Read "The Survivor's Suite" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Michael Jefry Stevens is a fluid player who finds his comfort level not only on the cool side but also through free jazz and instant improvisation. His touch is both delicate and hard hitting, stopping short of bombast when he ventures into the latter. The balance is visible on this solo record not only in his choice of material, but also in his treatment of the songs, particularly in his interpretation of 'Ask Me Now.' His phrasing has an elegance, ...

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The December Thirty Jazz Trio: Free For 3

Read "Free For 3" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

It is said that time and tide wait for no man. Time, however, has waited for this trio. Their first recording, The Street One Year After, was released in 1991. Since then they have released two more, both in the last decade. And now, here they are again with one more. As for the tide, it still roars in their favour. The music is at once electrifying, emerging from the heartland of musicians who have an apparent affinity with each ...

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Chris Joris: Songs For Mbizo

Read "Songs For Mbizo" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Belgian pianist/percussionist Chris Joris recorded these sessions with tubaist Bob Stewart and South African bassist Johnny (Mbizo) Dyani back in 1976. Sadly, Dyani passed away in 1988, while additional tracks emanating from 1991 sessions featuring Stewart and a conglomerate of European artists round out this effort.

Joris' knowledge and implementations of wide ranging rhythmic structures come to fruition on this gem of a release. Throughout these pieces, Joris performs on berimbau (including a lovely duet with Stewart), various ...


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