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Bryant / Fabian / Marsalis: Do For You?

Read "Do For You?" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Lance Bryant and Christian Fabian (both alumni of Berklee College) met when playing in the Lionel Hampton Big Band. Jason Marsalis, a younger member of the famous jazz dynasty, subsequently joined the Hampton band to replace its late leader on vibes. There are several strands to this intriguing recording. The blues is overtly featured in the ...

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Enrico Granafei: Alone (and) Together

Read "Alone (and) Together" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Enrico Granafei è un chitarrista e armonicista cosentino residente da anni negli Stati Uniti, precisamente a Montclair (New Jersey), dove possiede un ristorante e jazz club, Trumpets. La sua storia musicale inizia dopo un diploma di chitarra nel 1976 al conservatorio dell'Aquila e con l'attività di armonicista a Roma, iniziata alla fine di quel decennio dopo ...

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Falkner Evans: The Point of the Moon

Read "The Point of the Moon" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Passato al jazz dopo esperienze nel rock, il pianista Falkner Evans è da anni leader di apprezzati trio attivi nell'area di New York. Oggi vara un sestetto dalle chiare connotazioni neo-bop, dopo due incisioni con Cecil McBee e Matt Wilson e un lavoro più recente (ARC, 2007) con la ritmica di questa stessa formazione. I nomi nuovi ...

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Falkner Evans: The Point of the Moon

Read "The Point of the Moon" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Pianist Falkner Evans is a distant relative of the great American novelist William Faulkner, by the same obscure Southern logic by which Al Gore and Gore Vidal are related. He is also a former pianist for the tight Western swing outfit Asleep at the Wheel and leader of an acclaimed piano trio.

Evans's famed ancestor ...

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Falkner Evans: The Point Of The Moon

Read "The Point Of The Moon" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is natural to equate a bit of hubris with jazz, but pianist Falkner Evans checks his ego at the door on The Point Of The Moon.

Like his previous trio session, Arc (CAP, 2007), he returns with bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Matt Wilson, but supplements things with the horn frontline of tenor saxophonist ...

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Alexander McCabe: Quiz

Read "Quiz" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il saxofonista e compositore Alexander McCabe torna a incidere un album in qualità di leader a cinque anni di distanza da The Round, dopo aver arricchito il proprio curriculum con la realizzazione di musica per serie TV, film e documentari. Nel nuovo Quiz McCabe si è scelto dei compagni di avventure jazzistiche di sicuro livello, come Uri Caine al piano ...

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The Jay D'Amico Trio: Tuscan Prelude: Jazz Under Glass

Read "Tuscan Prelude: Jazz Under Glass" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Italy was the source of inspiration that gave semblance to composer, arranger and pianist Jay D'Amico's 2001 recording of Ponte Novello (CAP). He went back to Italy and, as with the earlier visit, found that he was stimulated enough to write more music.

D'Amico became interested in playing the piano after listening to the music of ...

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The Jay D'Amico Trio: Tuscan Prelude: Jazz Under Glass

Read "Tuscan Prelude: Jazz Under Glass" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Some years ago I reviewed Ponte Novello (CAP, 2001) by pianist Jay D'Amico's trio (augmented on four tracks by a string section), and was impressed by the way in which he transposed operatic arias by Puccini, Bellini and Verdi, among others, to the jazz idiom, leaving their inherent beauty intact while proving that those masters have ...

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Fabian Zone Trio: The Masters Return!

Read "The Masters Return!" reviewed by John Barron

New York-based bassist/composer Christian Fabian has held the bass chair in the Lionel Hampton Big Band for over a decade and has built a reputation in the jazz world as a solid purveyor of the bottom end. For The Masters Return! Fabian is joined by veterans Mike Longo (piano), Lewis Nash (drums), Jimmy Owens (trumpet and ...

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Fabian Zone Trio: The Masters Return!

Read "The Masters Return!" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On his second album, longtime Lionel Hampton Big Band bassist Christian Fabian showcases a collection of tunes that draws in listeners and won't let go until the disc comes to an end. While the CD mostly contains music recorded in a trio format, many of its highlights include guests Jimmy Owens (trumpet) and Andres Boiarsky (tenor ...