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Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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1st Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Krakow
Poland
July 16-19, 2014

He was one of the great jazz virtuosos, right up there some would say with Django Reinhardt, Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. Most frequently, however, he was compared to John ...

Zach Brock: Purple Sounds

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Virtuosity isn't defined by notes-per-minute; true virtuosity is instrumental mastery surrendering to the demands of the song. Sometimes that can mean shredding with furious intensity, yes; but the real deal also respects music that demands less, rather than more. Violinist Zach Brock is, indeed, the real deal, and Purple Sounds, his second release for Holland's Criss ...

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The Mahavishnu Project: Return to the Emerald Beyond

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Il gruppo guidato dal batterista Gregg Bendian affronta un compito davvero arduo: riproporre dal vivo l’intero secondo album della seconda edizione della Mahavishnu Orchestra, intitolato Visions of the Emerald Beyond. Un lavoro affascinante, ma non particolarmente fortunato dal punto di vista del successo discografico. Un'opera molto ambiziosa registrata in studio dalla band di John McLaughlin nel lontano 1975, ...

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The Mahavishnu Project: Return to the Emerald Beyond

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One inherent risk of any tribute band is excessively literal treatment of the material. Since forming the Mahavishnu Project to honor guitarist John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, drummer Gregg Bendian has avoided every possible such pitfall. Bendian views this '70s fusion group's relatively small body of work as repertory alongside music by artists like Miles, ...