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Jozef Dumoulin: A Fender Rhodes Solo

Read "A Fender Rhodes Solo" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Belgian keyboards player Jozef Dumoulin describes his new solo album, his first solo album, as the the first solo album in the history of the electric piano, the Fender Rhodes. It is also a culmination of a long exploratory journey into the various, weird, eccentric sonic qualities of this vintage instrument, enhanced with electronic effects.

Eric Le Lann: I Remember Chet

Read "I Remember Chet" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

French trumpeter Eric Le Lann has a bit part in Bertrand Tavernier's 1986 film Round Midnight, the story of a French jazz fan's friendship with wayward American jazz musician Dale Turner, played by tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon. Le Lann plays a French jazz trumpeter--not much of a stretch. More to the point, the film's story mirrored, ...

Manu Codjia / Geraldine Laurent / Christophe Marguet: Looking For Parker

Read "Looking For Parker" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

It's very much a trio of equals that recorded Looking For Parker, but alto saxophonist Géraldine Laurent sometimes muscles her way out front. This is partly just the nature of the horn, and partly because she plays the same instrument as Charlie Parker, to whose music the record is dedicated. And most of all, Laurent, more ...

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Guillaume de Chassy: Silences

Read "Silences" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il pianista Guillaume de Chassy dichiara di ispirarsi ai trii di Jiimmy Giuffre degli anni cinquanta e certamente molti sono i punti di contatto, a cominciare dalla strumentazione che esclude la batteria. L'approccio in questo caso è decisamente più classicheggiante e lo spirito del blues che innervava i dischi di Giuffre è meno presente. Il clima sembra incantato e algido, ...

Magic Malik: Alternate Steps

Read "Alternate Steps" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Flutist Malik Mezzadri grew up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, and moved to France to study at the conservatory in Marseille when he was 17. There he would win the first prize in flute; for more than twenty years, his subsequent idiosyncratic career as Magic Malik has seen him energetically flitting about the territory where ...

Gabriel Zufferey: Contemplation

Read "Contemplation" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Jazz mashups are in the air. First, pianist Robert Glasper artfully wove pianist Herbie Hancock's “Maiden Voyage" together with Radiohead's “Everything in its Right Place" on the his In My Element (Blue Note, 2007). The Jazz Punks' raucous Smashups (Foam @ the Mouth, 2012) mashed up saxophonist Sonny Rollins with guitarist Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin ...

Jerome Sabbagh: Plugged In

Read "Plugged In" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il saxofonista francese (ma di base a New York) Jerome Sabbagh organizza un quartetto di grande duttilità per dar vita a Plugged In, un album dove si incontrano mainstream e situazioni chiaroscurali, che si alternano a momenti dal taglio maggiormente più introspettivo e di ricerca. Sono ben quattordici le tracce in scaletta, nelle quali il leader - che ne ...

Jerome Sabbagh: Plugged In

Read "Plugged In" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York City-based tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh has made the rounds by performing with a who's who of modern jazz artists amid his flourishing career as a solo artist. Possessing a stout tone and commanding presence, the artist's lyrically resplendent phraseology is often a good fit for a variety of jazz settings, including mainstream and the ...

Jerome Sabbagh featuring Jozef Dumoulin: Plugged In

Read "Plugged In" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Plugged In is an immensely appealing record and an artistic success. The source of that success is the revelatory combination of the highly individual--and at first blush, not necessarily compatible--sounds of saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh and keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin.

Sabbagh has had a string of critically-acclaimed albums, notably including North (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2005) and ...

Nico Gori / Fred Hersch: Da Vinci

Read "Da Vinci" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Clarinetist Nico Gori and pianist Fred Hersch both played the North Sea Jazz Festival in July 2010 and struck up a friendship riding together on the bus from the performance site to the hotel. Soon thereafter they began a series of duo gigs in Europe and New York. The studio recording Da Vinci captures the strong ...