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Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper

Read "Blue Whisper" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Pianist and composer Amina Figarova is truly a citizen of the world. Born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, she decamped to the Netherlands in the 1980s to study at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and then to Boston in 1989 to continue her studies at Berklee. Blue Whisper is her 12th recording as a leader, but her first ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012

Read "Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2012: October 5-6, 2012" reviewed by John Kelman

Dutch Jazz & World Meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 5-6, 2012
With Jazzahead! 2012--the annual European jazz trade fair--demonstrating that jazz is, if not exactly big business, then certainly bigish business, it's no surprise to find that The Netherlands' biannual Dutch Jazz & World Meeting is making the same salient point, albeit more narrowly ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

James Cammack: Where You At?

Read "James Cammack: Where You At?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Oftentimes, it's only the passing of time that can offer true perspective. In years to come, bassist James Cammack may look back on 2012 as the year when--after over 30 years in the business--he truly began his musical adventure in earnest. After 29 years playing bass in the ensembles of piano legend Ahmad Jamal, Cammack was, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amina Figarova: Twelve

Read "Twelve" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Calling Amina Figarova merely a jazz impressionist does injustice to the full breadth of the pianist's vision and does not reflect the uniqueness of her artistry. That said, most of her compositions do have an impressionistic bent. The nocturnal “Shut Eyes, Sea Waves...," for instance, on Twelve (her twelfth release as a leader), uses her cascading ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amina Figarova: Twelve

Read "Twelve" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Change is in the air that pianist/composer Amina Figarova is breathing. While the personnel from her previous outing is still intact, and her personal aesthetic remains largely unaltered, she comes to this album with a different worldview and a new place to call home. The Azerbaijan-born Figarova and husband/band mate/flautist Bart Platteau had been based in ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Internationally Renowned Pianist/Composer Amina Figarova Celebrates New CD Twelve With 12-City U.S. Tour, May 3-18

Internationally Renowned Pianist/Composer Amina Figarova Celebrates New CD Twelve With 12-City U.S. Tour, May 3-18

Twelve to be released May 1 on German In + Out label Tour Dates May 3-18 in New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland Heights, NYC, Albuquerque, NM; Fresno, Bakersfield, Half Moon Bay, CA; Seattle, WA; Missoula, MT; Portland, OR; Pittsburgh, PA “A skilled and imaginative composer…Born in Azerbaijan and based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Figarova brings a remarkably broad range of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Detroit Jazz Festival: Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2011

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival: Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2011" reviewed by Matt Marshall

32nd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Detroit, MI
September 2-5, 2011
In its 32nd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival decided to drop “International" from its name, only to turn around and proclaim “We Bring You the World." An interesting distinction, but the festival's scope was covered, nonetheless. The celebration brought to Detroit not only artists and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 1: January 7, 2011

Read "Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 1: January 7, 2011" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

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Winter Jazzfest
New York, NY
January 7-8, 2011

Since the informal move of jazz to the cities in the 1930s, the lore and legend of jazz compositions have lain in streets and places. The most common ones were the clubs, where innovations in jazz were ...