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3x3: Piano Trios: October 2019

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: October 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Esbjörn Svensson Trio Live in Gothenburg ACT Music 2019 At the time, it was a marvel. The Esbjorn Svensson Trio had already come a long way since their early-'90s beginnings in reshaping the already-skewed traditions of Monk-ian jazz. Their audiences back in 2001 would have been continually thrilled at discovering this ...


Florian Hoefner Trio: First Spring

Read "First Spring" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Many piano trios reach back to past masters for inspiration, playing in the style of Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson. Others craft their sounds under the influence of contemporary players: Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Ahmad Jamal. On the other hand, the occasional piano trio comes down the road rolling its own ...


Myriad3: Vera

Read "Vera" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The number of contemporary jazz piano trios that take their inspiration from non-jazz sources seems to grow all the time. To a list that includes The Bad Plus, Phronesis, and E.S.T. add the Canadian group Myriad3 which draws from concepts in classical music and progressive rock. They often begin their pieces with one repeated figure and ...


Myriad3: Vera

Read "Vera" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vera, the fourth album from the Toronto-based trio collective Myriad3, is a fascinating example of how fastidious design principles and shrewdly executed extemporization can truly complement and even counterpoise one another. There's serious attention to detail in each of these ten pieces, but the music benefits greatly from its embrace of uncertainties and creative expression(s).


Rotem Sivan Trio: Antidote

Read "Antidote" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Heartbreak knows no true cure, but music can act as something of an antidote or coping mechanism to assist in dealing with it and suffering through it. That's what guitarist-composer Rotem Sivan discovered after a long-term relationship came to a swift and unexpected end. He turned to music to help him grapple with his demons and ...


Lydian Sound Orchestra: Music For Lonely Souls (beloved by nature)

Read "Music For Lonely Souls (beloved by nature)" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Anche per merito di questo disco, la Lydian Sound Orchestra ha vinto il referendum della critica italiana, indetto dalla rivista Musica Jazz, quale migliore formazione del 2016. Un riconoscimento che giunge a quasi trent'anni dalla sua fondazione sotto la direzione di Riccardo Brazzale (il progetto prende forma nel 1989 e il primo disco -Melodious Thunk--giunge tre ...


Myriad3: Moons

Read "Moons" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Myriad3's third release, Moons follows very much in the vein of their first two, Tell (Alma Records, 2012) and The Where (Alma Records, 2014), yet there are subtle differences both in instrumentation and their approach to their material. In short, a lot of growth is evident when one compares Moons to its predecessors. Tell, recorded a ...


Myriad3: Moons

Read "Moons" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Someone's always trying to take a tried and true format out on a new tangent. Consider the piano trio: Bill Evans introduced deep, classically-influenced harmonics and a democracy of instrumental input in the late fifties and early sixties. The Esbjorn Svennson Trio (e.s.t.) brought in classical, rock, pop and techno elements; The Bad Plus plays with ...


Eliana Cuevas: Espejo

Read "Espejo" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nell'universo delle cantanti ai confini col jazz, la venezuelana Eliana Cuevas occupa un posto di rilievo per la calda e sensuale espressività, il timbro luminoso e l'acrobatico fraseggio. In Italia è quasi sconosciuta ed è un peccato perchè il temperamento solare e le splendide doti vocali che la caratterizzano (ricorda a tratti la giovane Mina) la ...


Myriad3: The Where

Read "The Where" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo il notevole debutto di due anni fa con Tell, il piano trio canadese torna con un avventuroso lavoro, che evidenzia personalità in una formula strumentale che sembrava aver espresso ormai tutto, senza lasciare altri margini creativi. Se quell'esordio s'ispirava al trio EST di Esbjörn Svensson ora la ricerca si fa più autonoma, ponendo in essere ...


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