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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 ...