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Album Review

Iñaki Sandoval: Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn

Read "Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Berklee educated Spanish pianist and composer Iñaki Sandoval moved to Estonia from Barcelona to take up a post as Director of PhD studies at the Viljandi Culture Academy, University of Tartu. The move from the warm and sunny south of Europe to the no-less-beautiful but somewhat colder Baltic state seems to have kick started a period of intense creativity. Sandoval recorded Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn at his concert in the Estonian capital in March 2017, part of the Iberofest ...

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Album Review

Sergio Pamies: What Brought You Here?

Read "What Brought You Here?" reviewed by Troy Dostert


On his third release as a leader, pianist Sergio Pamies continues his project of uniting the musical languages of jazz and the flamenco tradition of his native Spain. While his previous release from 2011, Borrachito, had a somewhat stronger emphasis on the latter, on his current record it's mainstream jazz that is the central focus, albeit with some overt gestures reflecting Pamies's Spanish roots as a musician and composer. Pamies's engagement with the jazz tradition is evident both ...

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Album Review

Iñaki Sandoval: Electric Trio Live

Read "Electric Trio Live" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


At the heart of Electric Trio Live from Barcelona-based keyboard player and composer Iñaki Sandoval, there's a feeling of warmth. Whether it's Sandoval's own electric keyboards, Carles Benavent's 5-string electric bass guitar or Roger Blàvia's drums, each instrument has a full, rich sound that lends the recording a welcoming, friendly, feel.Sandoval was born in Pamplona and educated in Barcelona's Liceu Conservatory (where he now teaches on the jazz program), Berklee and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. ...

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Album Review

David Mengual Free Spirits Big Band: Vertebrats

Read "Vertebrats" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


This is a bit of a monster. The David Mengual Free Spirits Big Band is a big Big Band--27 musicians--with impressive musical scope, mixing improvisation with written charts, original pieces with tunes by some of the best known and most respected composers of the last 300 years. Vertebrats is the band's third album--a richly varied, ambitious recording. There's almost 90 minutes of music across these two CDs. It's organised into a series of six suites each of four ...

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Album Review

Carles Benavent: Un, Dos, Tres...

Read "Un, Dos, Tres..." reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


In a 40-year career that has encompassed jazz, rock, fusion and the establishment of the electric bass guitar in flamenco music, Barcelona musician Carles Benavent has constantly evolved his approach to his chosen instrument. His most notable collaborations, with guitarist Paco De Lucia and pianist Chick Corea, are part of a musical story which also includes a series of albums as leader. Un, Dos, Tres... is the seventh of this impressive series and finds Benavent in top form as a ...

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Album Review

Inaki Sandoval: Miracielos

Read "Miracielos" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Iñaki Sandoval is a Barcelona-based pianist, composer and educator. Beautiful, affecting and constantly rewarding, Miracielos is his third album as a leader and establishes him as a superb writer and player. Sandoval is backed by the experienced Eddie Gomez on bass and Billy Hart on drums. Both are players of great sensitivity and style, and their contributions are central to the success of an album that alternates between the short “Preludes" and longer compositions. The preludes vary ...


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