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Tommaso Starace with Michele Di Toro: From a Distant Past

Read "From a Distant Past" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Abbastanza classico nell'impianto -quello del duo tra sax e pianoforte, dall'approccio marcatamente melodico e dal dialogo sostanzialmente cameristico -From a Distant past è un lavoro che deve la propria brillantezza alla virtuosa interazione delle sensibilità dei suoi due protagonisti: il pianista Michele Di Toro e il sassofonista Tommaso Starace.

Cifra melodica e narrativa, dettata ...

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Nils Petter Molvaer & Moritz von Oswald: 1/1

Read "1/1" reviewed by John Kelman

With the breakup of his trio responsible for the superb Baboon Moon (Sula, 2011), it's been a fair question to wonder: what's next for Nils Petter Molvær? One possible answer is certainly 1/1, the Norwegian trumpeter's debut with German multi- instrumentalist and influential techno producer Moritz von Oswald and his nephew, Laurens. The trio's debut performance ...

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Funk Off: Power to the Music

Read "Power to the Music" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Una via italiana al concetto di marchin' band. Ambizione non da poco quella dei Funk Off, giunti a festeggiare il loro quindicesimo compleanno con un album, Power to the Music, che in realtà, di quello che potrebbe suonare come un azzardo, è magnifico ribaltamento. New Orleans, verrebbe da dire, è davvero un patrimonio di tutti. Ma ...

John Scofield: Uberjam Deux

Read "John Scofield: Uberjam Deux" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been a decade since Up All Night (Verve, 2003), John Scofield's second and, at the time it seemed, final album with his Überjam band, a group of younger players who, following his earlier forays into the territory--1998's first meeting with Medeski, Martin & Wood, A Go Go (Verve), and the larger-casted Bump (2000)--placed the guitarist ...

Gianni Bardaro / Pierluigi Villani: Unfolding Routes

Read "Unfolding Routes" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The monochromatic cover of Unfolding Routes depicts an iconic--and stark--image of a deserted highway leading to an infinite horizon. It's perspective: an integral component of art. This collaboration of two outstanding Italian musicians is no dimensional illusion but, rather, an intelligent and involving artistic journey.

Bardaro, Italian-born but now residing in Copenhagen, is a highly ...

Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room

Read "The Blue Room" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The nucleus of Madeleine Peyruoux's The Blue Room is Ray Charles' Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (ABC, 1962). It was an idea percolating in the brain of long-time Peyroux producer Larry Klein, who was considering a re-examination of the Charles classic and evolved into something more than a simple homage, something with the same ...

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Tommaso Starace Quartet: Simply Marvellous! Celebrating the Music of Michel Petrucciani

Read "Simply Marvellous! Celebrating the Music of Michel Petrucciani" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

A due anni di distanza da Blood & Champagne Tommaso Starace omaggia l'immensa figura di Michel Petrucciani con un album dal titolo che suona come una dedica d'amore: Simply Marvellous!. Il punto esclamativo sembra d'obbligo, sia per la qualità del repertorio proposto, sia per lo spessore tecnico e la voglia riversata dagli interpreti in questa registrazione. All'opera ...

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Gianni Bardaro: Soul Blueprint

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Per il suo Soul Blueprint il saxofonista Gianni Bardaro ha scelto di avvalersi di una band composta da musicisti attivi nell'area nordeuropea, come i fratelli danesi Hatholt, con l'aggiunta di un paio di ospiti di valore assoluto e funzionali alla sua idea di musica: Randy Brecker e Samuel Torres. Il tutto si sviluppa attraverso nove brani originali, diversi tra loro ...

Tommaso Starace: Simply Marvellous

Read "Simply Marvellous" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Tommaso Starace is not a man to keep his influences hidden, nor does he simply take inspiration from the saxophone greats. The tunes on Plays The Music Of Elliott Erwitt (Frame, 2006) were inspired by a series of pictures from one great photographer; another, Robert Capa, inspired the title track of Blood And Champagne (Music ...

Bojan Z: Soul Shelter

Read "Soul Shelter" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In twenty years as leader, pianist/composer Bojan Z has been judicious with the frequency and quality of his releases. Soul Shelter is his ninth CD in that time, and his first solo outing since Solobsession (Label Bleu, 2001). A new release by the pianist is always an event, and the wait, as always, has been worth ...


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