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Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

Diego Barber: One Minute Later

Read "One Minute Later" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Diego Barber's One Minute Later is something of a dance between certainty and dubiety, grounded in the guitarist-composer's convictions that the truth behind an improviser's feelings and musical fate relate directly to that which Federico García Lorca described in Poeta en Nueva York as a minute of contrition that comes with--or follows-- complete liberation. It's a ...

Diego Barber/Hugo Cipres: 411

Read "411" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The opening of the decidedly modern music on 411, the track entitled “Timanfaya," sounds like a spooky, welcome to a plugged-in netherworld. It begins with electric surges and wafflings, then glowing beeps punctuating electric washes before a shift into tune two, “all in," that sounds as if the late multiple reedman Eric Dolphy is hanging around ...

Diego Barber: The Choice

Read "The Choice" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The precociously talented Diego Barber is known for the grandeur and majesty of his playing. The fabulous report of the guitarist's tone, his impressive dynamics and exquisiteness of expression are deeply rooted in extraordinary technique. Moreover, Barber is able to make extremely complex harmonic leaps, as well as twist the simplest of melodies into lines uniquely ...

Mark Turner: International Alliances

Read "Mark Turner: International Alliances" reviewed by Tom Greenland







Diego Barber
Calima
Sunnyside Records
2008

Mamasaal Quartet
Mamasaal feat. Mark Turner
SAZAS
2008





Saxophonist Mark Turner, a notable bandleader and distinctive voice in his own right, ...

Diego Barber: Calima

Read "Calima" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Very few contemporary musicians imbue Impressionism in the truly classical sense of the term. And of those who do qualify, fewer still play the guitar. Ralph Towner does come to mind and his is a living legacy and tribute to this enduring movement. Egberto Gismonti--especially with his masterpiece Musica de Sobrevivencia (ECM, 1993)--is probably the epitome ...

Diego Barber: Calima

Read "Calima" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Calima conveys the idea of observing a breathtaking peninsula. Its impressions of expanse, tranquility and scenery are musically presented by Diego Barber, a gifted classically trained jazz guitarist who draws inspiration from both Bach and Miles Davis, but whose music contains visions that are uniquely his own.

Barber's exquisite playing has the refinement ...