Content by tag "ACT Music"

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Shalosh: Onwards and Upwards Indeed

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Shalosh is the Hebrew word for “three," and also a powerhouse piano trio from jny: Jerusalem with a dynamic rhythm section featuring drummer Matan Assayag and bassist David Michaeli with Gadi Stern on the keys. The group formed in 2014 when Stern and Assayag, who've known each other since childhood, joined with Michaeli for the trio's ...

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David Helbock: Playing John Williams

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Eclectic Austrian jazz pianist/composer David Helbock has devoted whole albums to other composers in the past, notably Prince on his solo piano album Purple (Traumton Records, 2012) and several influential modern jazz pianists on the album Tour d'Horizon (ACT, 2018) with his band David Helbock's Random/Control. Arrangements of multiple Oscar-and Grammy-winning American film composer John Williams' ...

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Daniel Garcia: Travesuras

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Opening with an expressive take on Paco de Lucia's “Potro de Rabia y Miel," the Daniel Garcia Trio (the pianist/leader with acoustic bassist Reinier “El Negron" and drummer Michael Olivera) displays the freedom of artistry and demeanor that establishes the tenor and mindset employed throughout the album. A song written for his mom, “Oniria," which translates ...

3x3: Piano Trios: July 2019

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It must unofficially be the year of the piano trio or something. They just keep coming, and thankfully each new one is still stimulating and surprising.

Shalosh
Onwards and Upwards
ACT Music
2019

The name means “three," simply enough, and Shalosh is all about embodying that ideal of ...

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4 Wheel Drive: 4 Wheel Drive

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It may not quite be the loud and fast thrill-ride one might guess from the title, but that doesn't mean it lacks a few fun twists and turns. Here we have four world-class players who can (and sometimes do) carry a whole performance on their own, agreeing to mesh as equals and—more importantly—staying generous and supportive ...

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Piano in Solitude

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There are people who play the piano, and then there are some who create a whole other state of consciousness with it. While these three may not be among the more common household names in the jazz world, here they each offer a master class in the craft to make you wonder just why the hell ...

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4 Wheel Drive: 4 Wheel Drive

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Sometimes it's not so much who's doing the playing as how well they play together. Just as some bands seem to perform beyond their individual skill sets, there have been heavily heralded, much hyped “super groups" that amounted to almost nothing of substance.

In the case of 4 Wheel Drive, a quartet consisting of ...

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Joachim Kuhn: Melodic Ornette Coleman: Piano Works XIII

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Reportedly, Ornette Coleman did not have a great affinity for pianists, but it was the instrument--rather than the musicians--that put Coleman off. As an innovator in free jazz, Coleman found the chordal instrument too intrusive and preferred a more sympathetic bass/soloist interaction. Coleman did record with pianists Geri Allen and Paul Bley, but he established a ...

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Vincent Peirani: Living Being II - Night Walker

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Led Zeppelin and the accordion is an unlikely pairing, but then so is a collection that mixes the compositions of Robert Plant, John Bonham and Jimmy Page with Sonny Bono. Nice, France native and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Peirani has recorded five albums as a leader/co-leader for ACT Records. Living Being ll--Night Walker is the follow up to ...

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Piano Trios: 3x3

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Immortal Onion
Ocelot of Salvation
Requiem Records
2017

This Polish trio seems set to confuse from the start. If you're pinning your metaphysical hopes on a jungle cat, your spiritual leanings probably lean toward ideas of oneness and harmony more than salvation from evil. Vegetables aren't exactly things we think of ...