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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Only in his mid-thirties, Hristo Vitchev has led or co-led eight releases; three previous albums with the core of this quartet. With each outing representing a creative and additive progression that should rightfully place him in the class of guitarist/composers that span skill sets from Jim Hall to Pat Metheny, Vitchev is overdue in finding a ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Alberto Tacchini e il Questionario di Proust

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All About Jazz: Il tratto principale della mia musica.
Alberto Tacchini Sono una persona eclettica e alcuni vedono questo come un'immaturità, come il non avere ancora fatto una scelta. Invece ci sono tante cose, che ho scoperto ascoltando dischi in cui mi riconosco, tra le quali non voglio scegliere. Ho sempre invidiato quelli che ...

Todd Bishop e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Todd Bishop e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica
Nei miei dischi cerco sempre di trasmettere un senso cinematografico.

La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me
Mi piace che le persone con cui suono abbiano una forte personalità musicale, ed un buon senso dell'umorismo.

Come musicista, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2012

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Scores of excellent CDs were released in 2012. These are some of the finest. Click on the CD titles for more in depth reviews.

Hal Galper

Airegin Revisited

Origin Records

Pianist Hal Galper has been delving deeply into his rubato explorations of the standards, along with his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Bishop Group: Little Played Little Bird

Read "Little Played Little Bird" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In the twilight days of the compact disc as a sound storage device, the most compelling reason for keeping what still seems a “new" audio media (compared to wax cylinders and 78s) in the face of purely electronic media is “concept" or “thematic" releases. One such example was drummer Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4 album, 69 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Bishop Group: Little Played Little Bird

Read "Little Played Little Bird" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Fans of alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman have had to sit through a long wait since the free jazz pioneer's last recording, Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar Records, 2006), a marvelous set that garnered the artist a Pulitzer Prize. Those fans are still waiting, though the iconic jazz man has teased them with his bits and pieces (non-album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cynthia Felton: Come Sunday: The Music of Duke Ellington

Read "Come Sunday: The Music of Duke Ellington" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dr. Cynthia Felton made quite the splash with her self-produced debut, Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown, Jr. (2009). In the spirit of well-assembled theme recordings like Karrin Allyson's Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord, 2001) and Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4 disc, 69 Annee Erotique, Afro Blue is a solid look at a master's craft ...

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Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4: 69 Annee Erotique

Read "69 Annee Erotique" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Context can be everything or nothing. Listening to 69 Annee Erotique with no background will spark recognition of well-preserved lounge music of the 1960s/'70s, performed with modern sonics imitating those of the period: A bit of psychedelia wisping into the edges of post-war Western society right before the Summer of Love and the sexual revolution. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4: 69 Annee Erotique

Read "69 Annee Erotique" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

69 Annee Erotique gets extra credit for off-the-beaten-path-ness. It is a work celebrating the music of the late French pop songster Serge Gainsbourg (1928- 1991), by Portland Oregon-based Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4. Gainsbourg, whose name may not be person-on-the-street familiar in the United States, was a pop icon in France from the late-1950s to the ...