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Kind Folk: Why Not

Read "Why Not" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Back in 2014, trumpeter John Raymond, alto saxophonist Alex LoRe, bassist Noam Wiesenberg, and drummer Colin Stranahan gathered in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn to test out their chemistry and let the music flow. Four years later, after some more sporadic get-togethers and a bump or two in the road, we have their debut.

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Fabio Marziali: Windows and lights

Read "Windows and lights" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

It all started out in a small Italian village near Fermo, roughly two decades ago. It was there, at the age of 18, when Fabio Marziali experienced his first live jazz concert and was immediately hooked for good. Then and there the idea was born, to one day record with great jazz contemporaries in a studio ...

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John Raymond & Real Feels: Joy Ride

Read "Joy Ride" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's something to be said for the centered and warm sound qualities born of a flugelhorn fronting a bass-less trio. Even when John Raymond ratchets up the intensity on his original compositions--the choppy title track in five, the circuitous “Follower"--there's a sense of sonic evenhandedness reflecting both the instrument's depth of character and the artist's depth ...

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John Raymond & Real Feels: Real Feels - Live Vol. 1

Read "Real Feels - Live Vol. 1" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Trumpeter John Raymond's Real Feels trio with guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan earned praise for the titular studio release earlier in 2016 with its fresh and modernist take on classics pop tunes and beloved hymns. They took that vibe to the streets in numerous gigs and venues capturing the magic from two dates in ...

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Alex LoRe Quartet: More Figs And Blue Things

Read "More Figs And Blue Things" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Alex LoRe is a musician of philosophical and poetic bent. With his debut--Dream House (Inner Circle Music, 2014)--that wasn't always apparent, as the scales slightly favored progress over patience. Here, the balance tips the other way, but not so much so that things become tedious. LoRe may be a deep thinker, but he doesn't allow ...

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John Raymond & Real Feels: John Raymond & Real Feels

Read "John Raymond & Real Feels" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Delizioso disco giocato sul filo della memoria -quella di alcuni noti traditional e di classici del jazz, quella di un glorioso passato del pop -i Beatles -e quella di un rock attuale di meritata fama--Tom Yorke e i suoi Radiohead. Chitarra, flicorno e batteria sono i lati di un triangolo perfettamente equilatero, ciascuno con la propria ...

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Uno sguardo alla chitarra nel jazz contemporaneo

Read "Uno sguardo alla chitarra nel jazz contemporaneo" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

La chitarra è ormai da decenni uno degli strumenti più popolari e diffusi nel jazz; tanti sono stati, e sono tuttora, gli interpreti di questo strumento, protagonisti di un suo progressivo affrancamento dalle iniziali convenzioni per arrivare a renderlo sempre più libero e trasversale, al servizio di una maggiore e completa espressività del musicista che lo ...

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Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches

Read "Tomoko Omura: Roots And Branches" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been a good year for New York-based, Japanese violinist/composer Tomoko Omura, whose second CD as leader, Roots (Inner Circle Music), has earned high praise from critics and peers alike. The roots of the title refer to Omura's heritage as she reimagines popular Japanese tunes through the prism of jazz. The ten tracks draw inspiration from ...

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Michael Janisch: The Whirlwind, Paradigm Shift and London's Label of the Moment

Read "Michael Janisch: The Whirlwind, Paradigm Shift and London's Label of the Moment" reviewed by Phil Barnes

However you look at it Michael Janisch is an extraordinarily driven, highly motivated, success story. Not only has he been the founder, owner and force behind London's wonderful Whirlwind Recordings for the last five years, but he has also just released one of 2015's finest albums in the adventurous 2CD set Paradigm Shift. It's no coincidence ...

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Andrew McCormack: First Light

Read "First Light" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

L'origine britannica e la residenza newyorchese costituiscono il fil rouge che attraversa First Light album nel quale il pianista Andrew McCormack fonde in maniera convincente l'aplomb, la compostezza, l'eleganza anglosassone con la vivacità, la memoria storica, lo sguardo curioso di chi guarda al futuro tipici della scena della grande mela, scena da cui provengono peraltro il ...