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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Annie Chen Octet: Secret Treetop

Read "Secret Treetop" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Over the years, jazz has widened its horizons to encompass a broad range of music that many of those who practiced and/or appreciated the more traditional forms might not recognize, let alone endorse. Among the more recent genres is “world music," which embodies various rhythmic and harmonic elements of jazz without assimilating its core values. On ...

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Tomoko Omura

Tomoko Omura is among today's leading voices in jazz violin. “Roots”, her debut album for Inner Circle Music, is a compelling tribute to her native Japan, featuring original arrangements of ten classic Japanese folk and popular songs. In the words of fellow violinist Christian Howes, “'Roots' is a tremendous accomplishment, and undoubtedly one of the most important and creative jazz albums produced by a violinist in recent history.” Downbeat magazine calls Tomoko “a leader with a fine future”, awarding “Roots” 4 and a half stars. Her latest release, “Post Bop Gypsies” (Inner Circle, 2017), is a contemporary jazz trio album in the classic Gypsy jazz instrumentation of violin, guitar and bass

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision

Read "Fabian Almazan: Multilayered Vision" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

For much of the past decade, Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan spent most of his time playing with Terence Blanchard who called him: “One of the great, young, new talent of his generation." Now 39 and based in New York City, Fabian earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and was voted ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabian Almazan

Read "Fabian Almazan" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Partner di Terence Blanchard dal 2007 (il trombettista l'ha definito «Uno dei grandi giovani talenti della sua generazione») Fabian Almazan è stato votato miglior pianista emergente nel critics poll di Down Beat del 2014 e il suo ultimo disco Alcanza ha ottenuto 5 stelle nella recensione delle stessa rivista.

Pianista stabile del quartetto di Mark ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tomoko Omura: Post Bop Gypsies

Read "Post Bop Gypsies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Think about your favorite jazz violinist. Now think about what style or sub-category of jazz that person would most easily fall into. Was your answer bebop? Probably not, I would venture to guess. It's not that I know your answer. This isn't a magic trick. For all I know it could've been Stéphane Grappelli, Jenny Scheinman, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When his debut record, Personalities, was released in 2011, pianist Fabian Almazan put everyone on notice: this was a musician unafraid to take some big chances with his craft. That album began with a piece by Shostakovich (augmented with a string quartet and electronics, no less), and it effectively established the trajectory Almazan has continued ever ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert

Read "Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Man Of The Light: The Life And Work Of Zbigniew Seifert
Aneta Norek-Skrycka
172 Pages
ISBN: 978-83-938054-2-6
The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation
2016

A number of European jazz musicians stand out for having shaped the sound of the music in the past fifty years, for their virtuosity and for having ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records Proudly Releases "Of Water And Ghosts" From Bassist/Composer Daniel Foose, CD Release Celebration - Rockwood Music Hall On November 22

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records Proudly Releases "Of Water And Ghosts" From Bassist/Composer Daniel Foose, CD Release Celebration - Rockwood Music Hall On November 22

Available October 7, 2016 CD Release Celebration at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
November 22, 2016, 8:30 PM
($10, 2 drink minimum) Featuring Sebastian Noelle: guitar; Tomoko Omura: violin; Maria Im: violin; Allyson Clare: viola; Jennifer Devore: cello; Keita Ogawa: percussion; Daniel Foose: bass. In 2015 bassist/composer Daniel Foose returned to his ancestral home of ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2015

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best of 2015" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The number of artists that continue to produce quality jazz is not slowing and that's a beautiful thing. It's becoming more difficult to differentiate between so many varied releases but here are few that stood out in 2015.

Kamasi Washington
The Epic
(Brainfeeder)

Straight-ahead, hard swinging ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

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 ...