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Just Music Trio: Standpoint

Read "Standpoint" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Cross-pollination of music is as old as the hills, but the increasing frequency of such experimentation--the result of evermore sophisticated home recording technologies and file sharing--has obliterated the lines of latitude and longitude that traditionally separated musicians living in different countries/continents. This is leading to an ever greater number of sub-genres in all styles of music, and in jazz terms, may represent the greatest revolution in the music for forty years. It's increasingly futile to hang a name on so ...

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Enzo Rocco with Giancarlo Schiaffini & Ettore Fioravanti: Tubatrios Revenge

Read "Tubatrios Revenge" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

The debate over “What is jazz?" is as subject to changing collective tastes and individual preference as the age-old question “What is art?" We may never reach an answer that satisfies everyone. Hence the nature of the argument. But even proponents of the most liberal definition of the word will have to concede that labeling something a “jazz" album inevitably brings with it certain connotations. And when Tubatrio's Revenge is placed in the hands of the local ...

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Paolo Botti Quintet: Moto Contrario

Read "Moto Contrario" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Violaist Paolo Botti celebrates diversity through music via his compositions and arrangements. No doubt, Botti succeeds at redefining previously explored mainstream or better yet, traditional concepts on Moto Contrario. Botti and his band cover a gamut of genres, including blues, swing, and avant-garde styles, neatly wrapped into one progressive jazz package. Where contrasting themes coalesce, divide, and multiply as the band meshes a forward thinking outlook into variable rhythmic structures and much more. They pursue contemporary classical movements amid heated ...

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Paolo Botti Quintet: Leggende Metropolitane

Read "Leggende Metropolitane" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Modern jazz viola performer Paolo Botti brings more good news from Italy with this thoroughly intriguing set titled, Leggende Metropolitane. Here, the Paolo Botti Quintet explores free-bop based themes in concert with pensive interludes and the leader’s multifarious and somewhat penetrating mode of execution on pieces such as “Isola Pedonale” and others. However, “Ora Di Punta” boasts a burgeoning 4/4 pulse in support of soprano saxophonist Alessandro Bosetti’s angular and fleeting lines, whereas Botti exhibits an expansive comprehension of the ...


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