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Benny Lackner Trio: Cachuma

Read "Cachuma" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Benny Lackner can do whatever he wants, and says as much with “I Can Do Whatever I Want," the opener on his forward-leaning Cachuma. This piano trio outing suggests he wants to nudge the trio setting into a modern groove while giving voice to his own artistic vision.

Modernization of the tried and true ...

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WDR Big Band Köln : Blues & Beyond

Read "Blues & Beyond" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Basta dare un'occhiata ai musicisti coinvolti ed ai titoli in scaletta per avere una chiara idea della musica contenuta in questo album. Il genere non è di quelli che prediligo. Ma quando è suonato in questo modo, da autentiche colonne della storia del jazz, da musicisti che hanno fatto questa musica, che l'hanno davvero vissuta e non ce la ...

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Headhunters: On Top: Live in Europe

Read "On Top: Live in Europe" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It's been said that true funk can be imitated but never duplicated. But in the case of the Headhunters's 2 CD live recording On Top, the band--named after Herbie Hancock's 1973 groundbreaking release, Head Hunters (Columbia)--continues to uphold the groove.

Master percussionist Bill Summers, one of the original members since the 1970s, has ...

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Bill Hart: Subject to Change

Read "Subject to Change" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Guitarist Bill Hart's early training was fairly non-traditional. As a teenager, he spent time playing in theaters performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Little Shop of Horrors. Fascinated by the mathematical precision of music, Hart attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California, graduating with honors. Hart has studied under master guitarists including Mike ...

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Mauri Sanchis: Good Vibes

Read "Good Vibes" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sarà perché, nella mia personale transizione adolescenziale dal pop al jazz, ho ascoltato innumerevoli album di fusion. O forse perché, di fatto, la fusion è un genere datato che ha ormai poco da dire... Devo dunque ammettere che mi riesce difficile ascoltare con attenzione e/o trovare motivi di interesse in un album come questo Good Vibes. Prima ancora di ...

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Charlie Hunter – Chinna Smith – Ernest Ranglin: Innovation!

Read "Innovation!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Charlie Hunter e la sua chitarra a otto corde incontrano due mostri sacri delle sei corde in area jazz-reggae, due giamaicani dalle storie diversissime ma in qualche modo complementari. Basti dire che Ernest Ranglin (nato nel 1932) fu uno dei pioneri dello ska e trovò la fama a Londra nei primi anni sessanta, affermandosi come chitarrista ...

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Michel Benita: Drastic

Read "Drastic" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un groviglio di fili. Dallo strumento a pedali, amplificatori e computer. Un groviglio di frequenze campionate, un impasto di suoni che si attorciglia alle orecchie gravido di suggestioni. È questo il jazz elettronico di Michel Benita. Con alle spalle un’esperienza di primo piano (collaborazioni con Rita Marcotulli, Peter Erskine e tanti altri musicisti) il bassista francese di origini algerine ...

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Bill Evans / Randy Brecker: Soul Bop Band Live

Read "Soul Bop Band Live" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

&BBill Evans and Randy Brecker are both, to put it succinctly, well-traveled. In more than twenty years as a solo artist, Evans has been nominated for several Grammy awards, establishing a repertoire that includes traditional jazz, funk, hip-hop and Brazilian styles. Brecker has been delivering straight jazz, fusion, rock and R for three decades. Collectively, the ...

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Soulbop Band Live: Bill Evans / Randy Brecker Soulbop Band

Read "Bill Evans / Randy Brecker Soulbop Band" reviewed by John Kelman

Straddling the line between funk and jazz, Soulbop was conceived by veteran trumpeter Randy Brecker and ex-Miles Davis saxophonist Bill Evans in response to Bob Berg's untimely death, which scuttled Brecker's touring plans for 34th N Lex (ESC, 2003). Brecker and Evans' 2003 tour with their newly formed Soulbop Band turned out to be one of ...

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Joe Zawinul & the Zawinul Syndicate: Vienna Nights

Read "Vienna Nights" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fin dai tempi dei Weather Report Joe Zawinul ha perseguito una sua personale interpretazione della world music, filtrata attraverso il jazz e l'elettronica, ma è solo con la fondazione del suo gruppo personale The Zawinul Syndicate che ha potuto dare libero sfogo alla sua visione musicale, spingendola all'estremo. Se la grandezza dei Weather Report stava nel bilanciamento tra le ...