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MaiGroup: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Metamorphosis, a word of Greek derivation, describes the dramatic change of physical form that occurs when, for example, a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Estonian jazz bassist Mai Leisz (pronounced Lease) uses it to describe her own psychological transformation “as a person and as a musician, from a girl to a woman, from a music student to ...

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Leon Foster Thomas: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Throughout the history of jazz, what once seemed to be oddball instruments have inexorably become part of accepted sonic landscape, while others have fallen into disuse. It's hard to believe that the vibraphone, flute, and violin were once seen as un-swinging, non-jazz instruments, while the banjo and tuba were considered essential linchpins of the jazz sound. ...

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Leon Foster Thomas: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by James Nadal

Being one of the newest percussion instruments on the planet, (circa 1939) the steel pan is actually on a similar timeline with the development of modern jazz. Taking into consideration strong African influences and a hybridization process, they appear to be a natural combination. Pan Master Leon Foster Thomas has taken the instrument most associated with ...

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Jeremy Manasia Trio: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jeremy Manasia Trio: new names one and all in this neighborhood save for the gentleman who makes the trio a quartet, guitarist Peter Bernstein. As it turns out, pianist Manasia, a native of Staten Island, has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since he returned from Europe in 1997, and Metamorphosis is ...

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Gileno Santana: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Metamorphosis è un disco visionario, post moderno, fittamente popolato di scene jazz-rock, progressive ed elettro free. Il climax di molti brani raggiunge il massimo grado di pienezza dialettica soprattutto quando seguono la logica espressiva dell'instant composer. Il disco è un concentrato di stilemi. Nella prima traccia, “Introduction," si coagulano e stratificano alcuni ...

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Chris Donnelly: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Toronto pianist/composer Chris Donnelly gained much critical acclaim for his first album, Solo (Alma Records, 2008), which mixed his own originals with fresh takes on some classic tunes. His follow-up, the riskier and more ambitious Metamorphosis, is an outstanding recording from an outstanding artist. Metamorphosis is inspired by visual artist M. C. Escher's ...

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Arrigo Cappelletti - Andrea Massaria - Nicola Stranieri - Mat Maneri: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quartetto anomalo quello impegnato in Metamorphosis. Accanto alla batteria, che sola sostiene il peso ritmico della registrazione, tre strumenti che normalmente ottengono le luci della ribalta come pianoforte, chitarra e, in minor misura, viola. Uno squilibrio solo apparente perché i quattro musicisti sanno interpretare al meglio i concetti di interplay e di reciproco ascolto applicati alla ...

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Yosvany Terry Cabrera: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Intersections between Afro-Cuban music and jazz tend to be characteristically raw and visceral, drum-heavy and tilted toward bodily motion. This particular flavor of Latin jazz very rarely approaches the level of cosmopolitan integration, intellectual consistency and postmodern literacy that marks Metamorphosis. 34 year-old saxophonist Yosvany Terry Cabrera, who grew up in Camaguey, Cuba, wrote seven of ...

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Yosvany Terry Cabrera: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by James Taylor

Yosvany Terry Cabrera has been turning heads in the New York jazz community since he arrived in the city in 1999. The Cuban-born musician's stateside debut will be the first introduction to this rising star for many, however. Metamorphosis is a stellar debut from a talented young saxophonist and master chekere player whose credentials speak for ...

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Yosvany Terry Cabrera: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Matt Cibula

When I was a teenager in Oregon, I used to listen to lots of fusion and jazz-funk on a great radio station out of Portland. I didn't exactly go around telling anyone this, but I liked it just fine all the same. I felt a little better later, when all that stuff got sampled by hip-hop ...


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