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Salvatore Bonafede Trio: Sicilian Opening

Read "Sicilian Opening" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

"Ho registrato questo disco in un momento in cui mi sentivo ricco di energia. Così ho suonato la musica che percepivo più vicina, con dentro i miei pensieri, le mie confessioni, le mie preoccupazioni. Ogni brano racconta la sua magica verità". Non possiamo che condividere le parole di Salvatore Bonafede, introduzione sincera e senza veli alla sua ultima fatica discografica. ...

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Salvatore Bonafede Trio: Sicilian Opening

Read "Sicilian Opening" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Sicilian Opening from Salvatore Bonafede is a wonderful album. It offers ample reason why Bonafede has been in demand by musicians as diverse as Ralph Towner, Enrico Rava, Dewey Redman, and Lester Bowie. The Italian pianist is an extremely gifted and melodic composer. His songs are utterly fascinating and memorable. They can flutter and soar, like ...

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Salvatore Bonafede Trio: Sicilian Opening

Read "Sicilian Opening" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Hailing originally from Sicily, pianist Salvatore Bonafede earned a scholarship to Boston's Berklee School of Music in 1986. A 1989 move to New York saw him playing with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Lew Tabackin and Joe Lovano. Bonafede moved back to Sicily in 1994, where he has worked with many jazz luminaries, ...

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The Joe Locke Quartet: Sticks and Strings

Read "Sticks and Strings" reviewed by John Kelman

Joe Locke has always struck that rare balance between reverence for things past and a forward-thinking mindset. Live in Seattle (Origin, 2006) brought a firm, modernistic edge to a set of original material by the vibraphonist and keyboardist/co-leader Geoffrey Keezer. Rev-elation (Sharp Nine, 2005), teaming Locke with the Milt Jackson Tribute Band, was steeped in the ...

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The Joe Locke Quartet: Sticks and Strings

Read "Sticks and Strings" reviewed by Dr. Jeff Monroe

The vibraphone has never been an easy sell for a leading musician. Compared to piano or brass--whose attention is all but assured, it has usually remained somewhat overshadowed. Joe Locke, one of the premier vibraphonists on the scene today, has changed course on Sticks and Strings, recorded for the Palermo, Italy label, Jazz Eyes. Locke is ...

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Kevin Hays Trio: For Heaven's Sake

Read "For Heaven's Sake" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Kevin Hays opens For Heaven's Sake with a bit of solo piano: an introspective, reverent-sounding, church-like interlude. Then bassist Doug Weiss and drummer Bill Stewart slip into the sound and the trio winds into tenor saxophone great Sonny Rollins' “Sonny Moon for Two," cranking up the intensity/extroversion factor for five minutes, and Weiss takes a solo ...