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The Phil Woods Six: Live from the Showboat

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The Phil Woods Six
Live from the Showboat
Sony Music Japan
2015 (1977)

With the sad passing of Phil Woods on September 29, 2015, what better way to honor the career of this alto (and occasionally soprano) saxophone giant with the Rediscovery of a live album that, long out of print--and previously only available ...


Antonio Tosques: Block Notes

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Questo secondo disco del chitarrista pugliese Antonio Tosques lo vede alla prese con un contesto stilistico che punta decisamente al jazz mainstream venato di hard bop. Tosques quindi sceglie di lasciarsi alle spalle le atmosfere più derivative della musica fusion che avevano caratterizzato il suo album precedente, Synopsis. La presenza del pianista veterano Mike Melillo è determinante nella riuscita di questa scelta ...


Mike Melillo & Ares Tavolazzi: Almost Blue: Chet Lives

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On Almost Blue: Chet Lives, pianist Mike Melillo and bassist Ares Tavolazzi perform a series of duets consisting of standards and one Melillo penned composition in tribute to his former employer, trumpeter Chet Baker. Simply put, the duo capture the essence of Baker’s sensitive lines, acute utilization of “space” via fluid yet at times sparse phrasing ...