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Will Sellenraad: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Balance è l'album della piana maturità artistica, che consacra Sellenraaad quale chitarrista di punta della scena jazz statunitense. Sebbene allievo di John Abercrombrie e Jim Hall, egli sembra più vicino allo stile del miglior Kevin Eubanks, con cui condivide drive e approccio compositivo. Nove le tracce illuminate dalle linee fluide e lineari del leader, ottimo solista ma anche dispensatore ...

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Will Sellenraad: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Greg Camphire

Balance is the third album as leader for up-and-coming guitarist Will Sellenraad, capturing a day's session of his seasoned working band laying down first or second studio takes of their current repertoire. The six-stringer has a classic tone reminiscent of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, and it serves him well on this set of mostly his ...

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Will Sellenraad: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by J Hunter

Will Sellenraad grew up in a place and time many people dream of: New York City's downtown scene of the '60s and '70s, when music and art were both in a state of quicksilver flux. Given that his parents (prominent New York artists themselves) named their son after modern-art pioneers William de Kooning and Piet Mondrian, ...

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Grant Levin Trio: The Bust

Read "The Bust" reviewed by Dennis Hollingsworth

Chances are Grant Levin is not a name you will immediately recognize. A Northern California pianist, Grant attended the Jazz Studies program at the University of Nevada at Reno. The Bust is his inaugural effort in the form of a traditional piano trio. Along for the ride are drummer Rufus Haereiti and bassist Hans Halt, a ...

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Joe Robinson: While I'm Waiting

Read "While I'm Waiting" reviewed by Dennis Hollingsworth

Joe Robinson hails from the seaside town of Brighton, England. The rest of his bandmates are Englishmen as well, but you will be hard pressed to determine their home base when listening to While I'm Waiting. If you enjoy mainstream tunes, well crafted solos, and playing that remains primarily inside the changes, you will find this ...

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Franklin/Clover/Seales: Colemanology

Read "Colemanology" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

The title of this disc, this trio's third for the unique Indiana-based Beezwax label, suggests that Ornette Coleman is a field of study or expression unto himself, a notion few Coleman fans are likely to dispute. But aside from the long and loose closing title track penned by pianist Marc Seales, this veteran jazz outfit tends ...

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Franklin, Clover & Seales: Ears Wide Open

Read "Ears Wide Open" reviewed by Ken Hohman

The small label Beezwax has done a big favor for jazz listeners by bringing together bassist Henry Franklin, drummer Steve Clover and pianist Marc Seales. While each player has carved out a distinctive niche in the jazz world – be it unsung solo works (Henry Franklin), academic residence (Marc Seales) or supporting roles for some of ...

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Franklin, Clover, Seales: Three Worlds

Read "Three Worlds" reviewed by Ben Ohmart

A trio grows in Elkhart, Indiana, home of the new jazz label, Beezwax. A strong trio, with a softer, subtler approach to contemporary, smooth jazz. The best actors know where to place pauses in their speeches. So too do the best jazz combos. Every second of Franklin/Clover/Seales' Three Worlds is like a whispered conversation of music, ...