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Anoushka Shankar: Music Makes the World a Better Place

Read "Anoushka Shankar: Music Makes the World a Better Place" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Esoteric, eclectic and prolific, the Indian sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar has mapped out an intriguing artistic path by delivering intriguing music that has veered between the modern and the traditional. Her ambitious, progressive and multicultural musical world view has been growing exponentially from a record to record and has taken her on a path of ...

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Anoushka Shankar: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Over twenty years, Anoushka Shankar has grown into one of the world's leading sitarists. She has long been omnivorous in her musical tastes and this has resulted in a journey without borders. A daughter and student of the late Ravi Shankar, who almost single handedly introduced Indian music to Western musicians and audiences, she has nonetheless ...

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Xavi Reija: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Spanish drummer Xavi Reija's previous trio was a fusion outfit with guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and bass guitarist Bernat Hernandez, as heard on Resolution (MoonJune Records, 2016) and Live at RZZ Barcelona (MoonJune Records, 2016). He turns to a traditional acoustic piano trio here, with pianist Nitai Hershkovits and bassist Pau Lligadas. There's a different kind of ...

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Xavi Reija: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Deviating from his reputation within the realm of boundary-pushing progressive rock/jazz fusion, Catalan drummer and composer Xavi Reija removed the presence of electrified instruments that dominated previous works for an acoustic album that explores the jazz piano trio format. Reflections, his eighth recording as a leader, synthesizes Reija's dynamic authority behind the kit with the lyrical ...

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Conrad Herwig / Igor Butman: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Andrew Luhn

"Tight" is the word that most readily comes to mind to describe this band's playing. For Reflections, his tenth release as a leader for the Dutch Criss Cross label, trombonist Conrad Herwig has joined forces with Russian tenor man Igor Butman as co-leader. Rounding out the front-line is trumpeter extraordinaire Alex Sipiagin, a name that will ...

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University of Toronto Jazz Ensemble: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Wherever Gordon Foote goes, you may rest assured that pleasurable music is sure to follow. After twenty-six years at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he led the school's superlative Jazz Ensemble, Foote moved eastward to Toronto a year or so ago to oversee the splendid University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, which recorded its most recent ...

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Adam Kolker: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

If, by some twist of fate, winds and reeds player Adam Kolker were not to be a musician, he would certainly have made a name for himself as a painter. Here too he would have had a choice of media, for he would have done extremely well as an impressionist whose canvases recalled the brilliance of ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

Kurt Rosenwinkel has a well-earned reputation for aggressive guitar playing that's both rhythmically astute and harmonically exploratory, a talent that he's applied with Mark Turner and Brad Mehldau as well as with hiphop producer Q-Tip. With Reflections, he has reined in his sometimes-divergent impulses for an unusual collection of standards and tunes by Thelonious Monk and ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Reflections mette in evidenza il lato più mansueto e devozionale di Kurt Rosenwinkel, che in meno di un'ora si misura con una manciata di standard e ripropone il suo “East Coast Love Affair," tratto dall'omonimo disco d'esordio del 1996. Il chitarrista americano è affiancato dai validissimi Eric Revis al contrabbasso e Eric Harland alla batteria, i quali offrono un supporto ...

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Greg Camphire

A warm and understated trio record, Kurt Rosenwinkel's Reflections zeroes in on an approach to standard repertoire, marking an interesting career turn for the guitarist in the process. With support from drummer Eric Harland and bassist Eric Revis, the six-string innovator opens a window to another side of his playing, featuring quiet meditations on the blues, ...