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Valentin Caamaño: Green With Envy

Read "Green With Envy" reviewed by James Nadal

Nearly forty years after his death, guitarist Grant Green is finally receiving the credit and recognition which eluded him during his lifetime. Besides having a distinctive and identifiable style, Green was the most prolific artist on the Blue Note label during the 1960's. His '61 recording of Green Street, contains the track Green With Envy, selected ...

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Alfonso Calvo Septet: Sea Ahead

Read "Sea Ahead" reviewed by James Nadal

From the burgeoning and prolific Spanish jazz scene comes another quality production on the progressive Free Code label, based out of Galicia. Continuing this musical momentum is local bassist Alfonso Calvo, who formed a septet to showcase his compositional and leadership skills on Sea Ahead. Calvo was motivated from his recent association with Marcos Pin's “Broken ...

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Marcos Pin: Broken Artist

Read "Broken Artist" reviewed by James Nadal

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is famous for the religious pilgrimage, but in the jazz world it is gaining a reputation as a breeding ground for premier musicians. A host of piano players make the area home, so guitarist Marcos Pin easily stands out in the crowd. The hard bop influenced Broken Artist is his tenth release ...

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Telmo Fernandez Organ Trio: The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1

Read "The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The Telmo Fernández Organ Trio is a bit of a throwback--to the classic hard bop organ trios of yore. The title of the trio's first album, The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 1, tells it like it is--a soulful, jazzy, collection that's high on melody and groove, a head-shaking and hip-swinging sort of album, low on pretention ...

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Telmo Fernandez and Marcos Pin: Take A Second

Read "Take A Second" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

As the name suggests, Take A Second is number two in guitarist Marcos Pin's Duology series. Pin's long-term plan is to record a series of ten albums in duet with a range of musicians. As plans go, it's not the most complicated ever hatched, but the two albums that have so far seen daylight suggest that ...

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Valentin Caamaño Trio: The Joy

Read "The Joy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Sometimes album titles have an air of mystery, an enigmatic collection of words that seemingly bear no relevance to anything, especially the music. No such problem with The Joy, from the Valentin Caamaño Trio. From the cheerily welcoming swing of Charlie Parker's “Yardbird Suite" to the relaxed beauty of Thelonious Monk's “Pannonica" this is an album ...

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Gio Yáñez: Zero Point Energy

Read "Zero Point Energy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Guitarist Gio Yáñez makes his debut as a bandleader and recording artist with Zero Point Energy. He leads an impressive group of Spanish and Portuguese musicians on a set of original compositions that draw on contemporary jazz and rock as well as on the music of Galicia, where the guitarist began his studies with players such ...

Marcos Pin and Yago Vazquez: Marcos Pin: Duology

Read "Marcos Pin: Duology" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

Duology: Session 1 features the duet playing of guitarist Marcos Pin and pianist Yago Vazquez. The album is a tour through some of the most popular jazz standards. The duo format and individual talents of Pin and Vazquez bring a life and energy to the tunes, revealing the depth and potential in even the most frequently ...

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Marcos Pin: Duology Session 1

Read "Duology Session 1" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Galician guitarist Marcos Pin is no stranger to ambitious projects. His Barbanza (Free Code Jazz Records, 2012) was a cinematic, expansive large ensemble work that fused modal jazz orchestration with his native musical heritage. His Duology is much more intimate yet no less challenging an undertaking. It will consist of ten separate sessions, each a duet ...

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Manuel Gutierrez: Illa Da Lua

Read "Illa Da Lua" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Manuel Gutierrez has built up a sizeable discography, but he's not previously released an album under his own name. Illa Da Lua is his debut as leader, but it's worth noting that the cover gives equal prominence to his rhythm section partners, bassist Tom Warburton and drummer Dani Dominguez. It's a fair share of the credits, ...