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Chris May's Best Releases of 2012

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Christian Scott

aTunde Adjuah

Concord Records

In 1959, when Whitney Balliett, the New Yorker's jazz critic, published a collection of his columns, he titled the book The Sound of Surprise. The promise of the unexpected, wrote Balliett, was jazz's most precious quality. In a year which went on to include the release of ...

Oriole: Every New Day

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There's a stark beauty to Every New Day, the third album from Oriole, that speaks of the majesty of vast open spaces. For the most part, the warmth and splendor of these spaces gives the music a positivity and optimism, but there are also times when it takes on a more downbeat and reflective quality. The ...

Oriole: Every New Day

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Oriole

Every New Day

F-IRE

2012

Oriole's third album of sonorous South American and Iberian-flavored jazz has been some time coming. The London group, led by guitarist and composer Jonny Phillips, debuted with Song For The Sleeping in 2005 and followed up a year later with Migration (both F-IRE). There has been ...

Rachel Gould - Luigi Tessarollo Quartet: Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael

Read "Tribute to Hoagy Carmichael" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La Geco Records si sta affermando come una casa discografica orientata su un mainstream fatto con cura dei particolari, dalla copetina alla qualità dell´incisione alla musica. Un esempio è questo omaggio ad uno dei grandi della canzone americana: Hoagy Carmichael, autore di melodie che sono ormai storia e che sono state nel repertorio di praticamente tutti i jazzisti ...

Oriole: Migration

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An enchanting followup to Song For The Sleeping, Oriole's 2005 debut album, Migration finds guitarist Jonny Phillips' band once again blending exploratory, modern jazz improvisation with world music-inspired original compositions and unusual cross-cultural instrumentation. Brazilian, Venezuelan, Andalucian, Moorish, Cuban and African folk music traditions, experienced by the well-travelled Phillips at source, inform his gentle and lyrical ...