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Antonio Zambrini, Jesper Bodilsen, Martin Andersen: Pinocchio e altri racconti

Read "Pinocchio e altri racconti" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Il grande compositore Antonio Zambrini scrive in modo tanto solido da dare ai brani altrui la parvenza di suoi originali. Ne è una prova questo Pinocchio e altri racconti, che esce a cinque anni da Plays Nino Rota (2013, e raccoglie i frutti del progetto monografico sull'opera di un altro compositore di colonne sonore, Fiorenzo Carpi, ...

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Albert Ayler: Copenhagen Live 1964

Read "Copenhagen Live 1964" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il 1964 fu un anno cruciale nella vicenda artistica di Albert Ayler: l'abbondante pubblicazione di suoi lavori, tra cui Spiritual Unity e New York Eye and Ear Control, focalizzò l'attenzione sul sassofonista, sulla sua musica abrasiva e tenera, tellurica e spirituale. Epica. Fu anche l'anno in cui Ayler venne in Europa per la seconda volta, lasciando ...

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New York Standards Quartet: Heaven Steps To Seven

Read "Heaven Steps To Seven" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The three constant principals in this remarkable quartet are joined for this album by NY-resident Ugonna Okegwo on double bass. The quartet has been in existence for over a decade now and their first album was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008. The punningly titled Heaven Steps To Seven is the quartet's seventh album to ...

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Kaveh Rastegar: Light Of Love

Read "Light Of Love" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Kaveh Rastegar's name might not register with many people, but a significant number of music fans from different camps have likely heard his low-end thrumming on bass and experienced the power of his work. The anchoring element for artists as dissimilar as John Legend and Beck, the creative weight ballasting the music of the pioneering post-fusion ...

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Paul Simon: In The Blue Light

Read "In The Blue Light" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

To this very day, as he readies the last shows of his Homeward Bound tour, Paul Simon's new is as new as his old once was. When your most maligned works, 1980's One Trick Pony (Warner Brothers), 84's dark epic Heart and Bones (Warner Brothers), and 97's errant Songs From The Capeman (Warner Brothers, 1997) yields ...

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Pyeng Threadgill: Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song

Read "Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Pyeng Threadgill ha debuttato nel 2004 con un originale reinterpretazione del repertorio di Robert Johnson (Sweet Home: Pyeng Threadgill Sings Robert Johnson --Random Chance Records) e ha proseguito con un paio di dischi confermando l'accattivante sintesi di blues rurale, R&B, neo soul e sprazzi di rock. Era quasi un decennio che non incideva a suo nome ...

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Peter Hedrich: New Hope

Read "New Hope" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In a blindfold test, one would be hard-pressed to name the leader on the album New Hope. According to the jacket, young German-born trombonist Peter Hedrich leads the way but while he does solo on eight of eleven numbers he's basically one of the group, laying claim to no more blowing space than his colleagues, especially ...

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Nobuki Takamen: The Nobuki Takamen Trio

Read "The Nobuki Takamen Trio" reviewed by Mark Sullivan



Guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen is active on the New York scene, but has returned to his native Japan for an annual tour for many years. His previous album Live In Japan (Self Produced, 2016) documented live performances of his trio with bassist Toshiyuki Tanahashi and drummer Naoki Aikawa, long-time musical collaborators for more than a ...

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Gabriel Naïm Amor: Moments Before

Read "Moments Before" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The idea of storytelling in music has been used and abused to describe almost any kind of playing with a melodic arc and logical progression, but true musical storytelling is not just about lines forming a pattern, but rather entails creating emotional spaces where it is just as important to leave things out as it is ...

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Josh Rager: Dreams And Other Stories

Read "Dreams And Other Stories" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Montreal's Juno Award-nominated pianist, Josh Rager, has assembled an all star quintet for his fourth album as a leader, Dreams And Other Stories. Sandwiching five of his own superb compositions between the disc's opener, the Rodgers and Hart jewel “Spring is Here," and the wrap-up, Olivier Messiaen's “O Sacrum Convivium," he creates a cohesive and vivacious ...