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Jacam Manricks: Chamber Jazz

Read "Chamber Jazz" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Now based in California, composer and multi-reed whiz Jacam Manricks describes himself as “Sri Lankan- Portuguese Australian-born." In other words he's the virtual embodiment of a world citizen. When it comes to his music, Manricks is unafraid to draw from pretty much any source for inspiration. The wryly-titled Chamber Jazz comprises eight Manricks originals plus a ...

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Jacam Manricks: Cloud Nine

Read "Cloud Nine" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The euphoria-based title of Jacam Manricks' latest album makes perfect sense. After all, who wouldn't be on cloud nine with a band like this?! For his fourth album, the Australian-born, New York-based saxophonist mingles with three modernist elites who help to shape and define his sound. While Manricks' compositional prowess could easily allow him to fully ...

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Jacam Manricks: Trigonometry

Read "Trigonometry" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The reason that there is seldom a wrong note played by Jacám Manricks on Trigonometry is that notes, phrases and the spiraling flow of seemingly unending lines appear to be so extremely well thought-out that nothing could possibly sound out of place. To hear the saxophonist play in soft, dulcet tones that occupy the paler colors ...

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Jacam Manricks: Trigonometry

Read "Trigonometry" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Jacám Manricks is a rich-toned saxophonist and composer with a growing body of original tunes--Trigonometry appears hot on the heels of the self-released Labyrinth (Manricks Music Records, 2009). The New York based musician has allied himself to a strong ensemble of players who happily take on the challenge of Manricks' compositions and invest them with some ...

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Jacám Manricks: Trigonometry

Read "Trigonometry" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is a snap to the music of saxophonist Jacám Manricks' music that calls to mind the invention of bebop with it's fidgety energy. Without looking backwards, this recording re-invents that atmosphere of bop animation.

After self-releasing Labyrinth (2009), he returns with a stellar cast of players that includes his quartet of Gary Versace ...

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Jacám Manricks: Trigonometry

Read "Trigonometry" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This album, like the branch of math where it gets its names, deals with angles and relationships from different sides. Saxophonist/composer Jacám Manricks enjoys creating some rhythmic friction--using different combinations of instruments and musicians within his group--while also treating each piece like a fresh canvas, ready to be turned into high art. His pleasing and pure-toned ...

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Jacam Manricks: Labyrinth

Read "Labyrinth" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

It is quite rare to find an up-and-coming composer/musician such as Australian-born, New York-based reedman Jacam Manricks. A PhD-level composer at the Manhattan School of Music, who has already developed strong personal compositional skills on his sophomore release as a leader, his unique and elaborate compositions reveal a deep knowledge of the jazz bop legacy and ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Koan, The Winding Shell & Labyrinth

Read "Tyshawn Sorey: Koan, The Winding Shell & Labyrinth" reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie







Tyshawn Sorey

Koan

482 Music

2009

Jesse Elder

The Winding Shell

Off

2009

Jacam Manricks

Labyrinth

Manricks Music

2009



For decades, the trend has been for drummers in jazz to move ...

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Jacám Manricks: Labyrinth

Read "Labyrinth" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Jacám Manricks costruisce il suo labirinto sonoro con la voglia di condurci attraverso un viaggio originale, certamente sofisticato e stimolante. Labyrinth scorre attraverso otto composizioni, che l'artista australiano crea servendosi di un ricco ventaglio di soluzioni personali (sax, clarinetto e flauto) e di quattro interpreti scelti in maniera accurata. In tal senso risultano particolarmente indovinate le presenze di Jacob Sacks ...

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Large Ensembles: Is There a Place in This Large Music World?

Read "Large Ensembles: Is There a Place in This Large Music World?" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

The big band in jazz has a long and glorious history. It was a prevalent form in jazz music in the '20s and '30s, comprising a substantial part of America's popular music heard on radio, spun on gramophones and record players, and enjoyed in dance halls. It gave rise to iconic band leaders like Fletcher Henderson, ...