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Charlie Parker: Now's The Time

Read "Now's The Time" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the pantheon of jazz saxophonists, Charlie Parker has been among the most transformational of artists, despite not living nearly long enough to fulfill his potential. Parker's lifetime, as a principal architect of bebop, and a self-destructive force, has been documented ad nauseam but his music continues to significantly influence new generations. Since Parker's death in ...


Rosario Giuliani: Images

Read "Images" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Registrato a New York nell'aprile del 2012, Images mette in mostra le qualità compositive ed esecutive di Rosario Giuliani, che in questi dieci brani originali (solo uno dei quali, “Light at Night," è firmato da Roberto Tarenzi) trova - in compagnia di musicisti di livello assoluto - degli ideali punti di connessione espressiva. Il leader, come ...


Marcus Miller: Tutu Revisited [2 CD + 1 DVD]

Read "Tutu Revisited [2 CD + 1 DVD]" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il bassista Marcus Miller ci propone questo album in confezione maxi che comprende due CD e un DVD registrati dal vivo a Lione, qualche giorno prima del Natale del 2009. Il tutto serve a ben documentare il tour intitolato Tutu Revisited che vuole riportare l'attenzione sull'album di Miles Davis del 1986 che aveva imposto all'attenzione del ...


Marcel Loeffler: Around Gus

Read "Around Gus" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Gus Viseur è un mitico antesignano della fisarmonica jazz, avendo collaborato negli anni trenta con l'Hot Club de France di Django Reinhardt, ma è uno dei maestri francesi dello strumento, con il quale ha contribuito a rendere grande la musette ed ha accompagnato tra gli altri Edith Piaf. Un suo compatriota e odierno di origine manouche, ...


Aldo Romano: Complete Communion to Don Cherry

Read "Complete Communion to Don Cherry" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Alla guida di un quartetto italo francese composto da Fabrizio Bosso, Géraldine Laurent e Henri Texier, Aldo Romano rende omaggio alla figura di Don Cherry con le dodici tracce di Complete Communion, progetto estemporaneo divenuto poi stabile e oggi un disco per la Dreyfus. Si tratta di un viaggio di sicuro impatto attraverso il cammino artistico ...


Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte Carlo

Read "A Night in Monte Carlo" reviewed by Chuck Koton

It's been more than four years since James Brown, the “hardest working man in show business," departed this Earth for an ethereal stage, time enough to anoint a successor. Bassist Marcus Miller deserves consideration--a tribute that would, no doubt, put a smile on the face of the Godfather of Soul. After all, a typical year for ...


Bireli Lagrene Trio: Gypsy Trio

Read "Gypsy Trio" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

While his playing reflects diverse influences, guitarist Biréli Lagrène clearly comes out of the gypsy tradition of Django Reinhardt, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated in 2010. Gypsy Trio captures the feeling of Reinhardt's musical era, with some tunes, rhythms, and the atmosphere of a lively Paris nightclub between the two world wars--energetic and fun, but ...


Jean-Michel Pilc: True Story

Read "True Story" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There are few pianists in any realm of music as expressive, and with such extraordinary touch and dynamics, as Jean-Michel Pilc. He is also so enormously inventive that he might be perhaps one of very, very few pianists to inhabit the same rarefied atmosphere as Bill Evans. And that is only half the story. To Pilc, ...

Dreyfus Records: Crossing Continents with Music

Read "Dreyfus Records: Crossing Continents with Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Music, at its best, has the ability to reach across boundaries of nationality, gender and age. If there's a message in music, it's about communication, and about getting to the essence of everything: the beating pulse of a human heart. In an increasingly commercial market, where it has become more important to make music that opens ...


Jean-Michel Pilc: True Story

Read "True Story" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Questo CD è fatto di finezze. L'iniziale “The Other Night" detta le regole. Il richiamo di note è suadente. Keith Jarrett al meglio dell'ispirazione? Chissà. Le poche note ripetute e poi esaltate dai lievi sibili percussivi di Billy Hart sembrano riassumere i silenzi di notte solitarie e introspettive. “La musica parla più delle parole," recita il ...


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