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Lena Bloch

“In jazz”, muses Lena Bloch, “many things come together that are thought of as opposites: mind and feeling, responsibility and abandonment, looseness and precision, improvisation and composition. I just love that.” Lena’s love for jazz has taken her on a challenging and circuitous voyage. Born in Moscow, Russia, Lena immigrated to Israel in 1989, then moved to Europe, where she was a part of the European jazz scene (Germany and Holland) for 12 years, finally came to the United States, earning Master's Degree in Composition and moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2008, where she quickly became a contributor to one of the most fertile and interesting jazz scenes of recent memory

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Dave Allen: The Sky Above Her

Read "The Sky Above Her" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Guitarist Dave Allen's satiny-smooth tone and precise technique belie an intrepid sensibility that is eager to rise to the surface. So unsuspecting listeners who cue up the title track of The Sky Above Her, Allen's third album as a leader, might at first be tricked into thinking they'll be listening to something easy on the ears, ...

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Marko Churnchetz: RUTHENIA - Retrospective of Russian Composers of the 20th Century

Read "RUTHENIA - Retrospective of Russian Composers of the 20th Century" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Slovenian-born pianist/composer Marko Churnchetz presents an ambitious suite for fifteen musicians: essentially his jazz quartet accompanied by a small orchestra of winds and strings. He pays tribute to the great Russian composers of the 20th Century: Shostakovich, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff (the title “Ruthenia" is a Latin name for the Russian border provinces and their ...

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Kind Folk: Why Not

Read "Why Not" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Back in 2014, trumpeter John Raymond, alto saxophonist Alex LoRe, bassist Noam Wiesenberg, and drummer Colin Stranahan gathered in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn to test out their chemistry and let the music flow. Four years later, after some more sporadic get-togethers and a bump or two in the road, we have their debut.

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David Ambrosio: Four On The Road

Read "Four On The Road" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On the surface it might not make much sense for a trio album to be dubbed Four On The Road, but there's a story behind that fuzzy math. In 2015, while on the road in Spain touring in support of his previous trio date, Gone (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2014), bassist David Ambrosio encountered the pixelated ...

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Sam Braysher: Golden Earrings

Read "Golden Earrings" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Mostly these days aspiring jazz musicians hear the songs of the American Songbook as “jazz standards," their melodies taken as jumping-off points for improvisational flights of fancy that move the tunes far beyond their earlier incarnations as pop tunes or Broadway showstoppers. It's a distinction that the young English altoist Sam Braysher makes in the liner ...

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Ryan Meagher: Lost Days

Read "Lost Days" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Lost Days, guitarist Ryan Meagher offers up ten expressive and entertaining compositions that run the gamut from blues to funk and from swing to rock. His compositions are hot and spontaneous--they break apart and fuse back together in kaleidoscopic fashion.

The Portland, Oregon-based Meagher is backed by a talented group. Tenor saxophonist Bill ...

Johannes Wallmann: Love Wins

Read "Love Wins" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The depths to which some factions of “civil" society will sink in order to deny others their equal rights, respect, and acknowledgement is downright depressing. But the height to which love can rise and overcome is heartening, to say the least.

Pianist Johannes Wallmann is better acquainted with both of those aforementioned truths ...

Or Bareket: OB1

Read "OB1" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Il primo disco del bassista Or Bareket, dal didascalico titolo OB1, raccoglie sette sue composizioni originali e due arrangiamenti di brani altrui. Bareket dirige un quartetto formato dal batterista Ziv Ravitz, apprezzato sideman (ad esempio con Shai Maestro) oltreché a sua volta leader esperto, dal chitarrista Shachar Elnatan e dal pianista Gadi Lehavi, giovani talenti molto ...

Jon De Lucia: As The River Sings

Read "As The River Sings" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato nel luglio del 2014 esce per la Fresh Sound New Talent questo lavoro del multistrumentista Jon De Lucia, nato nel Massachusetts ma residente a New York, autore di tutte le composizioni e alla testa di un quartetto nel quale, oltre alla ritmica classica, trova posto la chitarra di Greg Ruggiero.

La cifra del ...