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BANN: As You Like

Read "As You Like" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

What happens when you put four distinct voices--each one equally powerful--together in an ensemble? The chance that they will pull in different directions is quite real. The fact that the repertoire is as exciting as it is challenging is also quite the lure to fly in the face of convention, even if the rest of the ...

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BANN: As You Like

Read "As You Like" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Not to be confused with the British Association of Neuroscience Nurses, or the Builders Association of Northern Nevada, BANN--the brainchild of drummer Adam Nussbaum--is a quartet which nevertheless matches brain with brawn. Saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Jay Anderson, Nussbaum and guitarist Oz Noy pool their initials and their considerable individual talents, to create a vibrant, swinging ...

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BANN: As You Like

Read "As You Like" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

BANN came together in 2007, combining the experienced rhythm section of bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Adam Nussbaum with the younger duo of guitarist Oz Noy and tenor player Seamus Blake. While the band has been busy playing live on the European scene it's taken almost four years for its debut album, recorded in May 2009, ...

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Seamus Blake Quartet: Live In Italy

Read "Live In Italy" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ecco un'altro bell'esempio di lungimiranza produttiva che viene da Palermo e dovrebbe far riflettere sulle tante eccellenze che operano nel nostro Sud. Il piccolo tour italiano di Seamus Blake del febbraio 2007 sarebbe passato inosservato se i nastri di quei concerti non avessere trovato la piccola etichetta palermitana Music Eyes che fa capo ai produttori Toni Cannistrato e Paul ...

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Seamus Blake: Live in Italy

Read "Live in Italy" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Seamus Blake displays impressive talent as a tenor saxophonist, composer and leader on Live in Italy, a double CD documenting his quartet's tour through various cities in 2007, where audiences were treated to an eclectic blend of dynamic originals and standards.

Originals like “The Jupiter Line," “Way Out of Willy" and “Fear of Roaming" ...

Jazz Eyes: Eyes and Ears Wide Open

Read "Jazz Eyes: Eyes and Ears Wide Open" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In jazz, spontaneity is essential. It can also be useful when setting up a label. So it's no great coincidence that, once the Italian jazz enthusiasts Paolo Siculiana and Toti Cannistraro realized they both loved the production and distribution of records, their Jazz Eyes label rapidly became a reality. “The story starts on a dark night," ...

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Kevin Hays Trio: You've Got a Friend

Read "You've Got a Friend" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quattro brani del repertorio pop ed altrettanti standard del jazz per un disco informe, che strizza l'occhio sia al grande pubblico che a chi ama il jazz, finendo con lo scontentare entrambi. Un percorso illuminante per giudicare la cifra stilistica irrisolta del pianista statunitense, bravo ma incapace di dare una svolta significativa alla sua carriera di onesto esecutore del ...

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The Kevin Hays Trio: You've Got a Friend

Read "You've Got a Friend" reviewed by John Barron

Pianist Kevin Hays and long-time collaborators Doug Weiss (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums) explore a set of jazz and pop classics on You've Got a Friend, a well-conceived piano trio affair.

The Carol King-penned title track and Paul Simon's “Bridge Over Troubled Water" begin the disc with a laid-back gospel vibe, tranquil and unhurried. Hays approaches ...

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Seamus Blake Quartet: Live in Italy

Read "Live in Italy" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Born in London, England and reared in Vancouver, Canada, saxophonist Seamus Blake has established himself as both a leader and an effective sideman. He brings those leadership skills to the two-disc Live in Italy.

Blake has gained recognition from Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines, and he finished first in the 2002 Thelonious Monk International ...

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Seamus Blake Quartet: Live in Italy

Read "Live in Italy" reviewed by Warren Allen

Back in 2002, Seamus Blake established himself firmly as tenor player of interest with a first place finish in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Since then, his rapidly growing discography, as well as collaborations with artists like John Scofield, suggests that the attention is well-deserved.

Even still, Blake's first live release ...