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Johnny O'Neal: Live at Smalls

Read "Live at Smalls" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La vicenda del pianista Johnny O'Neal ricorda quella dei molti jazzmen usciti repentinamente di scena e in qualche caso riscoperti in età avanzata. Il suo caso non ha avuto la risonanza che ebbe il ritorno di Henry Grimes un decennio fa ma ha catalizzato comunque l'attenzione degli appassionati.
Gran parte del merito va a ...

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Frank Lacy & the Smalls Legacy Band: Live at Smalls

Read "Live at Smalls" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Da un paio d'anni il trombonista Frank Lacy guida un sestetto di giovani emergenti che ora presenta in questo scintillante compact live, tratto da due serate (16 e 17 ottobre 2012) allo Smalls Jazz Club di New York.

Ku-umba mette in evidenza la lunga esperienza di hard-bopper svolta nei gruppi di McCoy Tyner, ...

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Bruce Barth Trio: Live at Smalls

Read "Live at Smalls" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Alla guida di un trio compatto ed assortito, Barth firma un pregevole disco nel segno dello swing. Grazie anche alla dimensione live la musica qui proposta ben rappresenta la mutevole cifra stilistica del pianista statunitense, giunto al dodicesimo cd da leader. Tutto si sviluppa all'insegna della sorpresa e della discontinuità, nell'intento di dar forma a multiformi ...

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Fat Cat Big Band: Face

Read "Face" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Face is an album with layers. Each of the ten tracks offers a nuanced explication of anticipation, heartbreak and spirituality. The glistening veneer of giddiness and celebration is attractive and reviving. But if you listen closely, there's also yearning and loneliness and a grasping for spiritual fulfillment. The entire album is soulful in the way some ...

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Fat Cat Big Band: Face

Read "Face" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The house band of New York's Fat Cat jazz club in the West Village, The Fat Cat Big Band, finally delivers the last piece of its trilogy project. Face is produced from a 2008, two-night recording session of thirty-one original charts, from which the group's first two albums--Meditations On the War For Whose Great God is ...

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Dan Aran: Breathing

Read "Breathing" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine

When a CD is released, one of its most revealing aspects--and that of the artist's mindset during the recording process--is the title that has been assigned. With a title like Breathing, there are several things that can be presupposed: first, maybe the artist recorded the album in a stiflingly hot space and the title was chosen ...

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Dan Aran: Breathing

Read "Breathing" reviewed by David Adler

Dan Aran's Breathing arrived with a short, dour note from Luke Kaven, head of Smalls Records, on the shaky future of indie-label jazz. That's not news and yet Breathing underscores the stakes involved for artists whose work is too fine to go undocumented. Aran, an Israeli-born drummer, is such an artist.

Breathing is very much ...

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Adam Birnbaum: Travels

Read "Travels" reviewed by Christopher Shoe

Travels is the long awaited debut album for one of the younger voices in jazz piano. The term debut, however, is ill suited for someone like Adam Birnbaum, who has spent his short career opening for, and performing with, some of the better-known names in the industry such as saxophonist Greg Osby and pianist Brad Mehldau. ...

Omer Klein: Heart Beats

Read "Heart Beats" reviewed by Jim Santella

Considering the rhythmic spark that freshens this program, it is fitting that Omer Klein's solo piano album begins with a drum solo. Sitting down at the drum set, he introduces his forte with hands on drums and a personalized muffle that contains the basic building blocks of life: Heart Beats. Elsewhere, he spends his time at ...

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Fat Cat Big Band: Meditations On The War...

Read "Meditations On The War..." reviewed by Mark Corroto

What makes a great big band record? Is it the writing or the arranging? Or maybe it is the playing of the musicians, which of course is the product of both the writing and the arranging.

Certainly a big band (like, say, a quartet) produces great music when it performs regularly as a working ...