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Globe Unity: Sweden

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Jonas Kullhammar Quartet
Från Och Med Herr
Moserobie Music Production
2010

Correction
Two Nights in April
Ayler Records
2010

Swedish Azz
Jazz På Svenska
NotTwo Records
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Eric Hofbauer: Eric Hofbauer: American Fear!

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With American Fear!, creative guitarist Eric Hofbauer once again exposes his funny bone, effectively demonstrating that jazz and humor are not mutually exclusive. Like American Vanity (Creative Nation, 2002), this is a solo guitar effort mixing unusual covers with quirky originals, all delivered with the Boston-based artist's extroverted minimalism.

There are no disposable notes ...

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Pat Metheny: One Man's Band

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In plays such as Medea and Alcestis, the ancient Greek tragedian Euripides was roundly criticized, even parodied, for his use of an artificial plot device or deus ex machina ("god from the machine"), because it violated narrative logic and challenged the audience's suspension of disbelief. Guitarist Pat Metheny, never one to shy away from wrathful gods, ...

Globe Unity: Portugal

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RED Trio

RED Trio

Clean Feed

2009

Gianni Lenoci, Carlos Zingaro, Marcello Magliocchi

Serendipity

Amirani

2009

Rodrigo Amado

The Abstract Truth

European Echoes

2009



Although more associated in popular imagination with ...

Tom Harrell: Tom Harrell: Roman Nights

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Roman Nights, trumpeter Tom Harrell's third release with his hardworking quintet of saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake, is an all-original set that maintains the highest standards of composition, small-group arranging and improvisation. Harrell is a paragon of restraint, each note carefully chosen, each phrase finely balanced, seducing with ...

Mark Turner: International Alliances

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Diego Barber
Calima
Sunnyside Records
2008

Mamasaal Quartet
Mamasaal feat. Mark Turner
SAZAS
2008





Saxophonist Mark Turner, a notable bandleader and distinctive voice in his own right, ...

Globe Unity: Spain

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Afinke

En la Cuerda Floja

R3cords

2009

Santiago Latorre

Órbita

Accretions

2009

Agusti Fernandez

Un Llamp Que No S'Acaba Mai

Psi

2009



The Spanish jazz scene got off to ...

Two Talents, Two Tangents: Pete McCann & Sheryl Bailey

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Pete McCann
Extra Mile
19/8
2009

Sheryl Bailey
A New Promise
MCG Jazz
2009





Pete McCann and Sheryl Bailey, two talented jazz guitarists with an affinity for ...

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Larry Coryell: Making the Changes

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“This is all Coltrane, from his early/middle/late period, whatever that means!" laughs guitarist Larry Coryell. He is sitting backstage in the green room at Iridium in 2009, describing a chart he is about to try out with organist Joey DeFrancesco. “And then this part here is very much like 'All Blues,' like Miles," he says, humming ...

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David Berger Jazz Orchestra: Colorizing the Classics: David Berger's Tribute to Harry Warren

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Arranger/recomposer David Berger's music is likely to prompt mixed reactions for its mixing of traditional values with creative originality, somewhat akin to Ted Turner's colorizing of classic black and white films. Colorizing the Classics is a big-band follow-up to I Had the Craziest Dream (Such Sweet Thunder, 2008), an octet outing also championing the works of ...