Content by tag "Aurora"


Sigmar Matthíasson

Sigmar Matthiasson is a man of many names but the one most fitting is the Bass Viking. His sound is best described as a magnificent blend of hardcore groove and colorful melodies with influences ranging from Megadeth and Led Zeppelin to Jaco Pastorius and Ray Brown. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigmar started playing bass around the age of 16. He was first introduced to jazz when studying at the F.I.H. School of Music where he graduated from in 2012. Later on Sigmar furthered his jazz studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he studied with Jeff Carney, Reggie Workman and Hal Galper among others


Claudio Ottaviano Quartet: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Per il secondo disco da leader il contrabbassista Claudio Ottaviano modifica parzialmente partner e strumentazione (si aggiunge il batterista Roberto Paglieri, Antonio Zambrini sostituisce Franzini al pianoforte) mentre conferma la relazione con il sassofonista Tino Tracanna.
Anche il clima musicale di fondo si pone in perfetta continuità col precedente lavoro: i temi sono tutti ...


Sara Serpa – Ran Blake: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Secondo album (dopo Camera Obscura, datato 2010) del duo composto dalla trentaquattrenne cantante di Lisbona e dal settantottenne pianista del Massachusetts, Aurora raccoglie i riflessi di una doppia seduta (dal vivo e in studio) tenutasi nella capitale portoghese nel maggio 2012. Il clima che lo contraddistingue è lieve, ora più colloquiale, ora più scarno, quasi scabro, giocato ...


Sara Serpa / Ran Blake: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Aurora is vocalist Sara Serpa's second release with her mentor, pianist Ran Blake. A duet recital recorded live at Lisbon's Auditório da Culturges, despite being more laidback and slightly less adventurous, it is just as creative as the pair's engrossing Camera Obscura (Inner Circle, 2010).

Serpa and Blake's sparse and atmospheric delivery of ...


Sara Serpa / Ran Blake: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Portuguese vocalist Sara Serp's follow-up to Camera Obscura (Inner Circle, 2010), with renowned pianist Ran Blake, retains the fresh and irreverent approach of their debut. A former student of Blake's the two never sound obvious or predictable, even when they are interpreting popular jazz standards. Their versions offer deeper and often innocent insights to some of ...


Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The last artistic musical movement in jazz to be given a meaningful name was the post-bop movement. Arising out of the mid-1960s as a unifying response to hard bop, modal, the avant-garde and free jazz, post-bop has fairly well dominated the most creative jazz made in the last 30 years. If post-bop has a ground zero, ...


Mark Isaacs: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by John Kelman

As Tell It Like It Is (ABC Jazz, 2009), amply proved, sometimes it's better to work with local musicians who, through regular touring, establish a singular collective voice. That's not to say Resurgence (ABC Jazz, 2007) was bad--it's hard to imagine anything with bassist Jay Anderson, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and saxophonist Bob Sheppard as lacking in ...


Verneri Pohjola: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Finnish trumpeter/composer Verneri Pohjola comes from a well-established family of jazz musicians: both his father, famed bassist Pekka Pohjola, and his younger brother, trombonist Ilmari, join him here. Pohjola was voted Musician Of The Year by Finnish jazz critics in 2004, but Aurora is his debut as leader. This is a work of immense beauty which ...


Agusti Fernandez / Barry Guy / Ramon Lopez: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

It would be a fallacy to think that any musician who inhabits the world of free improvisation wishes that world to be a noisy chaotic place. Indeed, one cannot make any assumptions these days about free players, whether it be based on age, background or collaborators. Though Spain has not produced the avant-garde swarms of other ...


Aurora: Aurora

Read "Aurora" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Naming themselves after a favorite Jean-Luc Ponty album, Aurora comes across quickly and clearly as a very capable jazz fusion group. Shroom Productions presents us with yet more of little-known, late ‘70s fusion gems right out of Texas, USA. Aurora’s Martin McCall (drums) and Mark Menikos (violin) both gigged briefly with the fusion group Hands. Add ...