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Izabella Effenberg: Crystal Silence

Read "Crystal Silence" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Many musicians play a second instrument, though rarely do they venture to record an entire album with it. Such a commitment would likely require complete technical command of the secondary instrument, or failing that, courage in spades. Izabella Effenberg has both. For her third release on Unit Records, following her sextet debut Cuentame and the trio ...

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Franco Ambrosetti: The Nearness Of You

Read "The Nearness Of You" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il pregio di quest'album risiede nella ricercatezza dei suoi percorsi melodici, esaltati dal lirico flicorno di Franco Ambrosetti e dalle raffinate orchestrazioni di Massimo Nunzi e Gianni Ferrio. Il riferimento implicito è l'opera di Miles Davis con Gil Evans ma la cosa non sminuisce il fascino del lavoro che avvolge l'ascoltatore con la fragranza dei timbri ...

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Tom Kessler: Nuevo Valso

Read "Nuevo Valso" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

For his fourth album as a leader Mexican guitarist Tom Kessler gets drummer Jochen Rückert and bassist Eivind Opsvik on board to deliver nine, self-penned and diverse pieces. Opener “Ascilina" demonstrates the treats that the trio brings to the table. Intriguing voicings on guitar, buzzing melodic lines on bass and an understated percussive structure. The production ...

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Carlo Maria Nartoni Norvegian Trio: Syria

Read "Syria" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Trio diretto dal pianista Carlo Maria Nartoni, formazione classica ed esperienze nella Civica Jazz Band di Milano, con una giovane ritmica norvegese, Syria è un riuscitissimo lavoro che fonde con molto equilibrio l'estetica nordeuropea, il lirismo compositivo e una grande libertà esecutiva--ben sei dei quindici brani sono completamente improvvisati e l'intero lavoro è registrato come un ...

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Judi Silvano: Lessons Learned

Read "Lessons Learned" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"Preferisco lavorare come parte di un ensemble piuttosto che pormi di fronte al gruppo --diceva Judy Silvano nel 2002 a Down Beat--Da quando ho iniziato a esibirmi nei primi anni ottanta ho avuto difficoltà a percepire i cantanti come una razza diversa dagli strumentisti." Una peculiarità che ritroviamo in Lessons Learned con Judi parte integrante di ...

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Judi Silvano & The Zephyr Band: Lessons Learned

Read "Lessons Learned" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Judi Silvano is a vocalist, singer and artist who has been around for some time, long enough to look back over her life and create this set of songs which reflect on her experiences and accumulated knowledge. Her music here contains elements of jazz, rock and other genres with a heavy reliance on guitars, both the ...

Marcus Klossek

A Telecaster, bass and drums; That’s all it takes to make the brand new songs of Marcus Klossek sound great! Marcus Klossek is an established member of Berlin‘s jazz scene who knows how to get to the point with his Electric Trio. His new album "Taken From The Skies" (Unit Records), this time strengthened by the saxophone of Finn Wiesner, is inviting and open, energetic and cool. A sound-set Heist-Movie, it describes the planning, preparation and performance of the musical coup. There are numerous ways to tell stories; from mouth to mouth, recited and sung, through the written word, carved in stone, penciled with quill and ink, thrown by an artist colourfully onto canvas… Marcus Klossek reaches for his guitar, and we listen spellbound to the rhythms and melodies that he and his Electric Trio develop in front of us

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Balazs Balogh: Borderline Inspirations

Read "Borderline Inspirations" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Hungarian drummer Balázs Balogh leads a multinational group on his intelligent and charming debut Borderline Inspirations. For it he has also penned seven elegant, poetic and sometimes provocative originals. Balogh has been leading an award-winning quintet since 2014 that includes several of those who appear on this captivating album which also showcases Balogh's noteworthy compositional skills. ...

Violet Spin: Spin

Read "Spin" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quindici composizioni tutte della violinista Irene Kepl ad eccezione di “Red & Blue," a firma collettiva, occupano questo che è l'album d'esordio del quartetto d'archi viennese (che, come abbinamento, è sempre una bella garanzia) Violet Spin, di organico classico (due violini, viola e violoncello) e classicheggiante (magari lungo binari di stampo contemporaneo) anche nel tono, senza ...

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Dan Pugach: Plus One

Read "Plus One" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this debut CD, drummer Dan Pugach shows himself to be a composer and arranger who has mastered the art of making a group sound much bigger than it is. His nonet plays intricate and soulful jazz with the punch of a much bigger band.

Pugach is very good at using brawny up-tempo rhythms. ...