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Michel Petrucciani: The OWL Years

Read "The OWL Years" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Magistero tecnico, swing, cuore palpitante sono i tratti caratteristici di questo cofanetto, che di Michel Petrucciani)) mette a nudo le pieghe espressive più recondite. C'è il mondo evansiano sostenuto dalla cantabilità mediterranea, per proiettare la tradizione jazzistica lungo i sentieri di una magniloquente fantasia esecutiva. Svetta l'incedere lirico e trasognato di un artista inimitabile, che appartiene ...

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Garaj Mahal: Woot

Read "Woot" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Garaj Mahal is a strange and colorful bird. It's music draws heavily from '70s fusion, with elements of everything from the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever to Weather Report, as well as progressive rock bands in the broadest sense of the term. To this already potent mix where, needless to say, high octane musicianship is ...

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Helen Merrill: Music Makers

Read "Music Makers" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Jazz vocalist Helen Merrill doesn't record that often and when she does, it is often an unpredictable session. For her last major label work in 2000, Jelena Ana Milcactic A.K.A. Helen Merrill, recorded music based upon her Croatian heritage; it was quite a project but somehow eluded me. Music Makers is a reissue of a 1986 ...

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Jeanne Lee: Natural Affinities

Read "Natural Affinities" reviewed by Clifford Allen

All instruments are, naturally, a mere approximation of what can be done with the human voice; yet in avant-garde improvisation, it is the saxophonists and pianists who are credited with being the innovators. Artists like Jeanne Lee, Patty Waters and Julie Tippetts are often shunted aside to make way for counterparts Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, and ...

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Giuffre/Bley/Swallow: Fly Away Little Bird

Read "Fly Away Little Bird" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Recorded a year before this trio's final record in ’93, Fly Away Little Bird delivers a more grounded, earthy performance than Conversations With a Goose. Here, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley, and Steve Swallow explore their blues roots, particularly Giuffre. And, in addition to their trademark spontaneous inventions, they lovingly render five standards and a surprisingly strong ...

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Jeanne Lee and Mal Waldron: After Hours

Read "After Hours" reviewed by Alexander M. Stern

Mal Waldron’s passing this past December robbed jazz of one of its finest and most original pianists. His long career was marked by many high points, including stints with Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Booker Little. It is especially wonderful to listen to Waldron in solo and duet settings, where his unique style on ...

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Jeanne Lee/Mal Waldron: After Hours

Read "After Hours" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Like too many utterly original and fearless jazz artists, Jeanne Lee’s audience and reputation seems to reside more within the community of musicians than listeners. Despite remarkable classic recordings with Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Carla Bley, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Bang, William Parker, Steve Coleman, and of course, Gunter Hampel, Lee has never received the notoriety due ...

Vattel Cherry's Bassresp: Bassresp

Read "Bassresp" reviewed by AAJ Staff

You have to give Bassrespänse credit for boldness and imagination. It's not every day that a bass quartet steps out and covers the ground from down-home blues to swinging jazz and extended drones and scrapes. As expected, Bassrespänse delivers a sonority rich in the lower frequencies. The four bassists in this group strive for a balance ...