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Amina Figarova: Sketches

Read "Sketches" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tredici brani originali composti da Amina Figarova formano Sketches, il nuovo album della pianista dell'Azerbaijan e residente in Olanda. Un repertorio - nato attraverso i viaggi compiuti con la sua “famiglia musicale," ovvero il sestetto con il quale è poi entrata in uno studio di Amsterdam per registrare questo lavoro - composto da brani che si ...

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Amina Figarova: Above the Clouds

Read "Above the Clouds" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Above the Clouds è un disco realizzato con cura e sapienza dalla musicista azera, compositrice tra le più originali del mainstream jazz contemporaneo. Al suo fianco, il marito Bert Platteau al flauto, con le sue raffinate note lunghe e trasognate, per ridare nuova linfa al vivace impianto post-bop di base. È un talento puro quello della ...

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Amina Figarova: Above the Clouds

Read "Above the Clouds" reviewed by J Hunter

On September Suite (Munich, 2005), Amina Figarova's inspiration was one of the biggest events this generation may ever know--the September 11th attacks, and their psychological aftermath. While Above the Clouds's subject matter is both smaller and lighter, Figarova again chooses a large medium and a multi-colored palate to illustrate her vision. And this is all to ...

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Amina Figarova: Above the Clouds

Read "Above the Clouds" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Amina Figarova--an Azerbaijan-born and now Rotterdam-based artist--boasts a graceful and erudite piano style, but her second instrument is her band. She composes and arranges adeptly for her “three horn front line and a rhythm section" ensemble on Above the Clouds, using the same instrumental make-up that she employed in her marvelous September Suite (Munich Records, 2005), ...

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Michael Simon & Roots United: Revelacion

Read "Revelacion" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Michael Simon was born in a family where music was a strong persuasion. His father Hadsy, a guitarist and singer, first inculcated the love of music in him, while his brothers Edward and Marlon turned his ear towards jazz. After attending a concert by Irakere in Curacao, he went to Cuba and learned the music of ...

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Amina Figarova: September Suite

Read "September Suite" reviewed by John Kelman

An unfortunate byproduct of today's music industry is that artists are often restricted in how frequently they can release new albums. Sometimes it's a matter of logistics--ECM, despite its prominence, operates with a surprisingly small staff. The direct involvement of label owner Manfred Eicher on virtually every record inherently limits the number of releases each year. ...

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Amina Figarova: September Suite

Read "September Suite" reviewed by Jim Santella

The world was changed by the horrific events that took place on September 11th. We were all affected. There's no going back. In composing and interpreting a suite to mark that episode in our lives, pianist Amina Figarova has captured the feelings that we all share. Impressionism remains a vital part of modern jazz, ...

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Amina Figarova: September Suite

Read "September Suite" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Taking life-affirming inpiration from one of America's darkest days, pianist/composer/arranger Amina Figarova has crafted one of the finest jazz sets of the year with September Suite. Composed in memory of the victims of 9/11--and as a homage to those suffering grief in any situation--the work delves deeply into the emotions that evolve in times of great ...

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Amina Figarova: Come Escape With Me

Read "Come Escape With Me" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The title of Come Escape With Me resembles the debut recordings of Norah Jones and Nellie McKay within the past few years, and the photogenic cover shot of Amina Figarova on this album seems to announce the arrival of another singer/songwriter. Alas, marketing being what it is, this is neither a debut nor a singer.

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Amina Figarova: Come Escape With Me

Read "Come Escape With Me" reviewed by John Kelman

Looks can be deceiving. A quick glance at the cover of Amina Figarova's Come Escape With Me, with Figarova staring wistfully off into the distance, and one might be led to the conclusion that this is yet another female singer arriving on an already overcrowded scene. One couldn't be more mistaken. Figarova, an ex-pat from Azerbaijan ...


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