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Moutin Factory Quintet: Mythical River

Read "Mythical River" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Not so long ago, fresh off a two-week tour that stretched along the path of the Mississippi River, the Moutin Factory Quintet took to a Paris studio to record the material that would come to constitute this album. Drawing inspiration from those mythic waters while stylistically keeping a good distance from sounds that emerged from its depths previously, bassist François Moutin and his drumming brother, Louis, put together a program that's bold, bracing, and thought-provoking in nature. ...

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Nasheet Waits Equality: Between Nothingness And Infinity

Read "Between Nothingness And Infinity" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here's one that almost got away. There's so much good new music issued now that it can be hard to keep track even within a single genre. Of course that's part of the reason websites like All About Jazz exist: they help with the filtering. Drummer Nasheet Waits' stellar Equality Quartet gave one of the standout sets at the 2018 Vision Festival, featuring the line up and material from this album which came out unheralded in 2016 on the French ...

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Emile Parisien Quartet: Original Pimpant

Read "Original Pimpant" reviewed by Jean-Marc Gelin

It's almost incongruous to write about Emile Parisien's Original Pimpant, considering the importance of its collective dimension. This is not only about the soprano saxophonist's quartet. Parisien--young prodigy, pupil and proof of the good reputation of France's Marciac jazz school--is not looking for individual recognition here. His is a distinctive approach that's about a collective construction of music; about bringing the purpose of music together, a bit like a theater company writing, staging and performing together.

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Yaron Herman Trio: A Time for Everything

Read "A Time for Everything" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes the power of a back story can eclipse the music it supports. For Israeli-born pianist Yaron Herman it's a close call, but A Time for Everything is such a refreshing and multifaceted album that a little background is necessary.

Herman, still in his mid-twenties, began playing piano at sixteen, a shift in focus resulting from an unexpected basketball accident that put an end to his sporting aspirations. The sports world's loss became the music world's ...

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Yaron Herman: Variations

Read "Variations" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Variations is Israeli-born pianist Yaron Herman's first solo release. Now 25, he didn't start studying piano until he was sixteen. At nineteen he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, but was turned off by its competitive climate; a return stopover in Paris and a spontaneous jam session led to a recording contract and a new home. His first recording was a well-received duo with drummer Sylvain Ghio called Takes 2 to Know (Sketch, 2005).

Variations is an intriguing disc that's ...


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