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Jean Christophe Cholet - Matthieu Michel: Extended Whispers

Read "Extended Whispers" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Album che prosegue il precedente Whispers del duo tra il pianista francese Jean Christoph Cholet e il trombettista svizzero Matthieu Michel--artisti che collaborano da quando, molti anni fa, si incontrarono nella Vienna Art Orchestra--allargando la formazione a quintetto e quindi arricchendo suoni e scenari.

Il programma prevede tredici brani originali (sei di Cholet, quattro ...

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Olivier Le Goas: Reciprocity

Read "Reciprocity" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Matt Cibula, writing for All About Jazz, wondered in his review of French drummer Olivier Le Goas' Gravitation (Altrisuoni, 2007): “Who the heck is Olivier Le Goas...?" indicating perhaps a paucity of information about the leader, even in this day of Internet info overload. Nine years later there still isn't much on-line scoop about the man. ...

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AERIE: Hatch and Host

Read "Hatch and Host" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Band names whose meanings are obscure and whose pronunciations are uncertain can be annoying, so to clarify, an aerie is the nest of a bird of prey. It can be pronounced 'airy' or 'eerie," though the music on the debut of this multi-national quintet is neither. Instead, this overtly contemporary jazz veers between bucolic at one ...

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Omer Klein: Fearless Friday

Read "Fearless Friday" reviewed by Ian Patterson

From Israel to Boston and then to New York, Omer Klein has followed the path of so many of his compatriots--up to a point. His debut as outright leader, Introducing Omer Klein (Smalls Records, 2008), announced a unique voice, one that blended folkloric, classical and contemporary colors quite seamlessly. Three further recordings cemented Klein's reputation as ...

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The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra: Home Away From Home

Read "Home Away From Home" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Composer and band leader Ayn Inserto's path leading to the release of the marvelous Home Away From Home is actually circular. Italian trombonist Massimo Morganti was studying at Berklee, when he heard a performance of Inserto's orchestra featuring tenor saxophonist George Garzone and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (with whom she studied for two years as her mentor). ...

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Marialy Pacheco: Introducing

Read "Introducing" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The album title is something of a misnomer as Introducing is Marialy Pacheco's seventh release as leader since Benediciones (Weltwunder Records, 2005). The jny:Melbourne-based Cuban's stock has certainly risen since that introduction, notably as a result of becoming the first female winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2012. A noted classical pianist ...

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Journal Intime: Extension des feux

Read "Extension des feux" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The trio's third album parallels its desire to generate music based on unorthodox group settings. Along with distinguished guest artists, avant-garde guitarist Marc Ducret and accordionist Vincent Peirani, the program is designed with numerous sound-shaping factors and incongruent angles. But these suite-like compositions are engineered on either complex or modest structural elements, tendering an abundance of ...

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Eyot: Drifters

Read "Drifters" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's every serious group's desire to craft an identifiable, and as far as possible, a unique sound whereby just a few notes leave little doubt about who's playing. Serbian quartet Eyot achieved that with its splendid debut, Horizon (Ninety and Nine Records,2011), where minimalism and power went hand-in-hand in an intoxicating mix of jazz, art-rock, classical ...

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Simin Tander: Wagma

Read "Wagma" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Vocal improvisation rarely strays far from scat, so it's something worth celebrating when a voice emerges with a distinct vocabulary. Afghan/German singer/composer Simin Tander is such a voice, and her debut is an intriguing offering of compositions sung in English, Spanish and her own, striking improvisations. Backed by a piano-led jazz trio which is both sympathetically ...

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Simin Tander: Wagma

Read "Wagma" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Simin Tander is a polyglot German-Afghan singer who combines the fierce creativity of Meredith Monk with the jazz savvy of Gretchen Parlato. She has surrounded herself with a like-minded trio that is willing to forge in whatever direction she desires, with music and singing full of wordless howls, purrs, and calls. This is multicultural music with ...