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Simon Nabatov / Barry Guy / Gerry Hemingway: Luminous

Read "Luminous" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Simon Nabatov, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Gerry Hemingway share many characteristics. All three serve as outstanding leaders in their own right, but also happen to be superlative improvisers. That latter trait that brings them together for the first time in an egalitarian summit on Luminous. This threesome was one of four new trios convened ...

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Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More

Read "Steph Richards, Kuba Plużek and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The much-acclaimed Australian saxophonist Sandy Evans' passion for combining jazz improvisation and Indian music continues unabated on her latest recording Bridge of Dreams. She brought together some top musicians from India, including the incredible vocalist Shubha Mudgal, Sandy's frequent accompanist tabla player Bobby Singh and the Sirens Big Band from Sydney for the project. Recently, the ...

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Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek

Read "Trios, Trios, Trios and Vlek" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This final show of 2018 is highlighted by trios of the usual piano-bass-drums (Simon Nabatov-Barry Guy-Gerry Hemingway and Elias Stemeseder-James Banner-Ugo Alunni), bass-saxophone-drums (Gonçalo Almeida-Yedo Gibson-Vasco Furtado), and trumpet/saxophone/drums (Flavio Zanuttini-Piero Bittolo Bon-Marco D'Orlando). Pianist Yuko Yamaoka performs the music of Satoko Fujii from Fujii's eleventh release in 2018, and the eclectic Dutch Ensemble, Vlek, makes ...

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Cologne Open 2018

Read "Cologne Open 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Cologne Open
Stadtgarten
Cologne, Gemany
March 1-2, 2018

Cologne Open, the first edition of a new showcase festival offering a selection of the city's jazz musicians, spanned two nights in the renowned Stadtgarten venue. It was launched on the occasion of a meeting of the newly established Artistic ...

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Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order

Read "Picking Order" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Il russo Simon Nabatov è chiaramente uno dei pianisti più brillanti del circuito. Il suo virtuosismo gli consente di destreggiarsi tra tutti gli stili del jazz, dispiegandoli e triturandoli a piacimento. Dopo la lunga residenza a New York, che ha prodotto il trio con Mark Helias e Tom Rainey, o le collaborazioni con Ray Anderson, da ...

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Simon Nabatov, Max Johnson, Michael Sarin: Free Reservoir

Read "Free Reservoir" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Simon Nabatov e Michael Sarin si conoscono ormai da oltre un trentennio, da quando, in Canada, parteciparono entrambi al Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. All'epoca Max Johnson, che di anni ne ha ventisette, neppure era nei pensieri dei suoi genitori. Eppure oggi i tre si trovano insieme in quest'ottimo album, uno dei migliori ...

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The Great Harry Hillman: Tilt

Read "Tilt" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Great Harry Hillman formed a little more than one hundred years after its American namesake won three gold medals in the 1904 Summer Olympics. Despite the naming convention, the group is Lucerne-based and not yet well-known on this side of the Atlantic. The quartet is a collective effort in composition and performance, and that democratic ...

Lisa Cay Miller: 682/681

Read "682/681" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Canadian pianist Lisa Cay Miller has been playing her instrument since the age of four, later taking up flute as well. Her divergent intermingling of improvisation, avant-garde and classical music has been on display in two previous projects with the improvising cellist Peggy Lee. On her unique 682/681, abstract improvisation rules across twenty-two vignettes. The title ...

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Simon Nabatov: Monk 'n' More

Read "Monk 'n' More" reviewed by Vic Albani

Eccone un altro, buono, che da sempre ha per la testa il significato dell'immensa grandezza musicale di sua maestà Thelonious Sphere Monk. Simon Nabatov, che lo vogliate o no, che lo conosciate o meno, è uno dei più grandi pianisti moderni viventi.

Raccogliendo due sessioni incise a diciotto anni di distanza l'una dall'altra, mette ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order

Read "Picking Order" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Simon Nabatov is a renowned improvising jazz pianist who possesses a hefty discography on Leo Records as a leader and session artist. At times his mode of execution summons a perspective of several tentacles flailing across the keyboard via a cavalcade of intriguing perspectives and much more. But with his Cologne-based trio, Nabatov renders a shift ...