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Franco Ambrosetti: Cheers

Read "Cheers" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Milestone birthdays deserve major events. And so we have Franco Ambrosetti's Cheers, a star-studded seventy-fifth birthday celebration that's both a walk down memory lane with friends and a stroll over different terrain for the man of the moment.

In January of 2017, just over a month after Ambrosetti's actual birthday, the septuagenarian starring ...

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Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me, Jazz Passengers: Still Life with Troube, Papanosh: Chicken in a Bottle

Read "Microscopic Septet: Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me, Jazz Passengers: Still Life with Troube, Papanosh: Chicken in a Bottle" reviewed by Vic Albani

Non credo che i puristi del caso si possano stupire di una recensione tripla che non vuole porre in contrapposizione tre lavori discografici afferenti ad una similare idea di base, bensì presentarli entro un unico pacchetto di “meraviglie contemporanee." Anche perché questi tre dischi potrebbero essere certamente acquistati ad occhi bendati quale brillante testimonianza di alcune ...

Papanosh: A Chicken in a Bottle

Read "A Chicken in a Bottle" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

Papanosh originate in the northern French city of Rouen and have been together over 10 years. This second CD of somewhat discordant, deconstructed hard bop is another example of their concept of an imagined folklore, a new musical tradition created together by musicians and listeners in their shared synergy. It involves widely varied music that, with its sudden ...

Gianni Iorio/Pasquale Stafano: Nocturno

Read "Nocturno" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Nocturno pairs Italian bandoneon virtuoso Gianni Iorio with pianist Pasquale Stafano in a program consisting largely of Argentine tango that is sure to delight fans of the genre. Despite the title, sunshine abounds, although to be sure, there's enough late-night passion in the three Astor Piazzolla selections to satisfy those hungering for it. Of these, the ...

Cristina Braga & Brandenburger Symphoniker: Whisper

Read "Whisper" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's not often that a harpist's name crowns the marquee above that of a jazz quintet and symphony orchestra, but that is the case on Whisper, the latest CD by Brazilian-born harpist / singer Cristina Braga whose almost-whispered vocals and virtuosic harp command the spotlight in a concert performance in the Great Hall of the Brandenburger ...

Dusko Goykovich: Latin Haze

Read "Latin Haze" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Reaching back deep into the memory bag, big band jazz aficionados might remember a brilliant, young Yugoslavian jazz trumpeter who graced the horn sections of Maynard Ferguson's, Woody Herman's and Clark Terry's 1960s ensembles. Shortly thereafter, Dusko Goykovich returned to Europe and, over the decades, has become one of the continent's most celebrated and beloved jazz ...

Myra Melford: Snowy Egret

Read "Snowy Egret" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Restlessly innovative pianist and composer Myra Melford brings her exploratory approach and her adventurous melodic sense to her 2015 release Snowy Egret with her new ensemble of the same name. The inspiration for this intriguing album is Uruguayan author Eduardo Galleano's Memory of Fire trilogy. Originally part of a multimedia performance called the “Language of Dreams" ...

Alon Nechushtan: Venture Bound

Read "Venture Bound" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dopo il suo interessante Ritual Fire, del 2013, il pianista israeliano Alon Nechushtan presenta adesso questo nuovo lavoro, in realtà registrato nell'aprile del 2012 e sostanzialmente più convenzionale, ancorché venato da elementi che gli donano una personalità propria.

La formazione è un classico quartetto con sax tenore--i due sassofonisti Donny McCaslin e John ...

Myra Melford: Snowy Egret

Read "Snowy Egret" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Snowy Egret fa parte di un ampio e ambizioso progetto articolato in immagini, performance di danza, recitazione e musica, denominato Language of Dreams e ispirato a “Memory of Fire" trilogia sulla storia delle Americhe dell'autore uruguaiano Eduardo Galeano. In linea con l'estetica della pianista di Chicago la musica di Snowy Egret risulta sofisticata, rigorosa nelle sue ...

Myra Melford: Snowy Egret

Read "Snowy Egret" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Based on her multidimensional jazz schematics amid associations with like-minded artists nestled in the modern wave of jazz composers and improvisers, you wouldn't expect pianist, Myra Melford to compose works based on evening strolls in the park or mundane issues, for example. With her top-flight ensemble, Melford frames this plot on Eduardo Galeano's lucid and poetic ...