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Sebastian Schunke/Diego Pinera: Elusive Beauty

Read "Elusive Beauty" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

German pianist/composer Sebastian Schunke has a sound firmly rooted in Latin jazz, but he has never shied away from bringing in European influences as well. His previous album Genesis, Mystery And Magic (Nwog Records, 2014) employed a conventional sextet with horns and percussion--but also included Interludes of introspective solo piano. Elusive Beauty presents a conscious move ...

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Chris May's Best Releases of 2012

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Christian Scott

aTunde Adjuah

Concord Records

In 1959, when Whitney Balliett, the New Yorker's jazz critic, published a collection of his columns, he titled the book The Sound of Surprise. The promise of the unexpected, wrote Balliett, was jazz's most precious quality. In a year which went on to include the release of ...

Meeco: Beauty of the Night

Read "Beauty of the Night" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While danger, intrigue and excitement are often born beneath a silvery moon, love, loss and regret seem to come first to Meeco's mind when his thoughts turn to the night. The Paris-based composer/producer gathered what can only be described as a dream team of jazz's crème de la crème to help him bring life to eight ...

Meeco: Meeco: Beauty of the Night

Read "Meeco: Beauty of the Night" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Extraordinary songwriter/producer Meeco's Beauty Of The Night comes with a hidden cautionary note which is not visible or audible until the first strains of the music is heard. It is an elementally sad album and a box of Kleenex may be de rigueur. However, this is not to say that the album is not beautiful. After ...

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Meeco: Beauty of the Night

Read "Beauty of the Night" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Paris-based composer/producer Michael Christian Maier, alias Meeco, has never truly delivered a standard jazz album, preferring instead to craft musical projects that are creative, innovative and different from the rest, described as “neither classical nor jazz" (Jaques Morelenbaum). A follow-up to Perfume e Caricias (Connector, 2010), Beauty of the Night is Meeco's third disc and his ...

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Meeco: Beauty of the Night

Read "Meeco: Beauty of the Night" reviewed by Chris May

Meeco

Beauty of the Night

Connector Records

2012

Anyone unfamiliar with Paris-based composer/producer Meeco and his gorgeous, sophisticated jazz can get approximate bearings from two other artists. One is Antônio Carlos Jobim, partly for the influence of bossa nova on Meeco's writing, partly for the heart-on-sleeve romanticism his songwriting shares with ...

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Meeco: Perfume e Caricias

Read "Perfume e Caricias" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Portuguese for “Perfume and Caresses," Perfume e Caricias offers a relaxing and tender musical experience, perfect for those who appreciate the lighter side of jazz. Written as an intimate statement of music, the eight-song, one alternate take repertoire, has been described as “fragile and introspective" in nature. Composed and produced by German-born Michael Maier aka “Meeco," ...

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Meeco: Perfume e Carícias

Read "Perfume e Carícias" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Everything about the music of Meeco speaks of subtlety, seduction and mood, from the cover art--with vocalist-lyricist Eloisia embracing him in what can only be described as a Calvin Klein advertisement-type pose--to the title itself, which is Portuguese for “Perfume and Caresses." The music, presented in easy-to-digest short tracks, with the longest performance clocking in at ...

Meeco: Amargo Mel

Read "Amargo Mel" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Meeco is a rather young musician who appears drawn not simply to the musical idioms of jazz, popular music and a myriad of those in the Latin tradition; he also set out to do what musicians of his age seldom attempt: he's made a troubadour record. Amargo Mel is a very difficult project to pull off, ...