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Tom Pierson: Last Works

Read "Last Works" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Classically trained Tom Pierson started out as a piano playing teenage prodigy in the early 1960s. His early orchestral background stood him in remarkably good stead since the compositions and arrangements for this masterpiece, Last Works are steeped in sonic complexity. It is also characterised by Pierson's self-stated desire not to regurgitate the past but to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller, Vincent Peirani and New Releases

Read "Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller, Vincent Peirani and New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Another week replete with beautiful new releases, and re-releases, from the etheral to the political, both catchy and heart-brakingly gorgeous, from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Happy listening!

Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Vincent Peirani “What Power Art Thou" Living Being II: Night Walker ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Pierson: Last Works

Read "Last Works" reviewed by Doug Hall

As musicians make choices and pursue a passion for music which also directs their musical orbit, looking at jazz composer, arranger and pianist Tom Pierson's resume, it is clear that a creative search for originality and exploration was paramount, from the very beginning. Gifted at the start, Pierson was a piano prodigy and a soloist with ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek

Read "I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Parliamo ancora di orchestre e arrangiatori [per leggere la prima puntata di questo approfondimento -clicca qui. Tralasciando per il momento di considerare i contributi più innovativi della scena europea (tra cui spiccano la Vienna Art Orchestra e l'Italian Instabile Orchestra) dopo la stagione del Free la ricerca d'avanguardia statunitense non si è fermata.
Purtroppo ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Maria Schneider: Going Her Own Way

Read "Maria Schneider: Going Her Own Way" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Maria Schneider is widely considered one of the finest contemporary band leaders, composers, and arrangers. For two decades, The Maria Schneider Orchestra has generated excitement and sometimes surprise, at club dates, concerts, and festivals and with GRAMMY-winning records on the ArtistShare label, where Schneider pioneered in the process of commissioning recordings by giving subscribers an inside ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Pierson: Planet of Tears

Read "Planet of Tears" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Composer/pianist Tom Pierson, who now lives in Japan, recorded the music on Planet of Tears, much of it with his New York City-based big band, more than a dozen years ago. On the one hand, Pierson is a splendid writer/arranger with a well-defined game plan. (Gil Evans once called him “the best unknown composer I know.”) ...