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Jon Irabagon Trio: It Takes All Kinds

Read "It Takes All Kinds" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Scegliere come altri vertici di un triangolo due musicisti pieni di storia e esperienza come Mark Helias (contrabbasso) e Barry Altschul (batteria) è una scelta che racconta già da sola molte cose. È la scelta di Jon Irabagon, sassofonista che abbiamo potuto ammirare anche in Italia negli ultimi anni, con i Mostly Other People Do The ...

Jon Irabagon: It Takes All Kinds

Read "It Takes All Kinds" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

It Takes All Kinds is the third recorded collaboration between prolific tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon and a great drummer, Barry Altschul. The first, Irabagon's Foxy (Hot cup, 2010) featured double bassist Peter Brendler. The second, Altschul's The 3dom Factor (TUM, 2013) featured double bass player Joe Fonda. The most recent one features Altschul's longtime rhythm teammate, ...

Jon Irabagon Trio: It Takes All Kinds

Read "It Takes All Kinds" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This trio radiated Olympian style heroics akin to an endurance race on Foxy (Hot Cup, 2010). It was an arousing exercise in energy and power. And while drummer Barry Altschul, and bassist Mark Helias are time-honored jazz warriors-- respectively appearing on many landmark albums--saxophonist Jon Irabagon is now firmly seated with the upper-echelon of modern saxophone ...

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Julie Sassoon: Land Of Shadows

Read "Land Of Shadows" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Land Of Shadows, the second album from British pianist Julie Sassoon, is a striking work. A mix of the simple and complex, gentle and strident, dark and light, it's powerful and affecting.

After studying in the UK Sassoon moved to Germany in 2009. Recorded live in Cologne, Dessau and the Neue Synagoge Berlin during April ...

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Julie Sassoon: Land of Shadows

Read "Julie Sassoon: Land of Shadows" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Land of Shadows is British improvising pianist Julie Sassoon's second solo CD and her first for the German jazzwerkstatt label. Recorded live in Cologne and at the famed Bauhaus theatre in Dessau, the record marks both an consolidation and an advance on its predecessor, New Life (2006 Babel).

Where New Life drew its energy ...

Peter Ehwald: Double Trouble

Read "Double Trouble" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It doesn't always follow that the teacher channels the direction a student takes. In separate stints in London and New York, German saxophonist Peter Ehwald has studied with bassist John Patitucci, saxophonists Julian Argüelles, Stan Sulzmann and Rich Perry, yet his style is not nearly as based in the tradition as might be expected. Ehwald displayed ...

Joe Hertenstein - Achim Tang - Jon Irabagon: Future Drone

Read "Future Drone" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Now residing in New York City, Germany-reared drummer Joe Hertenstein employs musicians from Europe or the US and to some extent, merges the avant-garde strata and stylistic tendencies into an opportunistic creative forum. This trio outing is a prime example. Featuring Viennese bassist Achim Tang and American tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the album pronounces a shrewd ...

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Augusto Pirodda: No Comment

Read "No Comment" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Partiamo da una banalità. Suonare con due leggende viventi come Gary Peacock e Paul Motian è il sogno di tutti i pianisti ( e non solo ). Per Augusto Pirodda, nato a Cagliari quarant'anni fa, il sogno è diventato realtà. Ma ascoltando No Comment, titolo quanto mai significativo, si ha l'impressione che i tre musicisti si ...

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Boom Box: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by John Sharpe

Some might think there an element of presumption in titling a CD Jazz, but German saxophonist Thomas Borgmann gets right to the essence in this set by his Boom Box trio, with drummer Willi Kellers and bassist Akira Ando: spontaneous three-way conversations which swing. Borgmann has a back story that takes in iconoclasts such as saxophonists ...

Boom Box: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by Henry Smith

Free jazz can have some fairly antisocial connotations. Too often, the term raises an undeserved fear in the uninitiated, as freedom can be scary. That hardly necessitates that it lack beauty, lyricism or intimacy, however; it simply means that those traits are arrived at by organic means rather than controlled ones.

Few artists ...