Content by tag "Azure"

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Azure: Hiptronics

Read "Hiptronics" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Such is the musical shift between Azure's When She Smiles (Azuremusic, 2009) and Hiptronics that they sound like different bands; effectively, they are. The main songwriter, classically influenced pianist Pierre-Francois Blanchard has been replaced by keyboardist Federico Solazzo and only co-founder, guitarist Rogier Schneemann remains from the original group, which has grown to a quintet with ...

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Gary Peacock – Marilyn Crispell: Azure

Read "Azure" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Inevitabilmente prosciugato dell'apporto di Paul Motian, col quale la pianista di Filadelfia e il bassista dell'Idaho ci avevano accolto a inizio decennio col bellissimo, per più versi persino sorprendente Amaryllis, il trio di allora si rigenera oggi in questo prezioso, raffinatissimo album in duo, inciso a New York nel febbraio di due anni fa. Dividendosi con equità ...

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Gary Peacock / Marilyn Crispell: Azure

Read "Azure" reviewed by John Kelman

Who leads a project is often nothing more than a matter of optics. Bassist Gary Peacock's name may come first on the cover of Azure, but there's no doubt that this is a collaborative affair, with pianist Marilyn Crispell an equal participant; the two even co-produced the recording, with label head Manfred Eicher nowhere to be ...

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Azure: When She Smiles

Read "When She Smiles" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Azure is a Netherlands-based quartet formed in 2006, and When She Smiles is its second release. Nine original compositions--seven penned by pianist Pierre-Francois Blanchard, and two by guitarist Rogier Schneemann--take the quartet through lyrical terrain. Although there are no overbearing influences on the music, there is a classical jazz overtone to much of the playing, and ...

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Azure: When She Smiles

Read "When She Smiles" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

When Pierre-Francois Blanchard (piano) and Rogier Schneemann (guitar) met at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2006, they forged an immediate musical bond. Shortly thereafter they pulled in David Barker (drums) and Eric Heijnsdijk (bass) to form Azure. The band released their debut recording There Were Stars (Azuremusic) in 2007. On their second release, When ...