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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carles Benavent: Un, Dos, Tres...

Read "Un, Dos, Tres..." reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

In a 40-year career that has encompassed jazz, rock, fusion and the establishment of the electric bass guitar in flamenco music, Barcelona musician Carles Benavent has constantly evolved his approach to his chosen instrument. His most notable collaborations, with guitarist Paco De Lucia and pianist Chick Corea, are part of a musical story which also includes ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Carles Benavent: Jazz, Flamenco and Blues

Read "Carles Benavent: Jazz, Flamenco and Blues" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Of all the instrumentalists in contemporary music, only a handful have become game changers. Jazz trumpet has Louis Armstrong, rock guitar has Jimi Hendrix, jazz saxophone has Charlie Parker. Flamenco bass guitar has Carles Benavent. Benavent's fluid, melodic and emotive style of playing is as beautiful as it is distinctive. Developed initially from a love of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival: Barcelona, Spain, November 24-30, 2012

Read "Barcelona Voll-Damm Jazz Festival: Barcelona, Spain, November 24-30, 2012" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival
Barcelona, Spain
November 24-30, 2012
Sometimes picking a few festival highlights is easy. A big name turns on the charm, one or two young Turks announce their arrival on the scene, someone famous steps up at a jam session--the rest is okay, just nothing special. The Barcelona Voll-Damm Internacional Jazz Festival ...

Albert Vila: Tactile

Read "Tactile" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Barcelona-based guitarist Albert Vila doesn't buy into the idea of generic compositions that go down easy, but result in a hunger for more substantial aural nourishment. Vila makes music with the utmost care and concern for texture, taste and dramatic development, and each one of his compositions is a mini-odyssey through his mind.

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Roger Mas 5et: Mason

Read "Mason" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

Pianist Roger Mas presents a conundrum with Mason. Here is an album expertly executed, well-recorded, and filled with technical detail, but possessing a stark patina that takes time to rub away in order to reveal the core of the music. While there are glimmering moments of improvisational fire, the overall feel is rather mysterious. Perhaps Mas' ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Roger Mas 5tet: Mason

Read "Mason" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

Fresh Sounds is based in Spain, but has released the debut recordings of many of the best new American jazz artists on the scene today. Their intriguing business plan also focuses on local talent, which means the best and brightest of the Barcelona jazz scene.

Thirty year-old pianist Roger Mas is one-third of the Barcelona piano ...