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Curtis + Garabedian + Sperrazza: New Year

Read "New Year" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This is a compelling slice of Brooklyn unburdened. With no real restrictions, stratification, expectations or requirements to speak of, three friends and fellow seekers document their truth(s) in sound. Burrowing into their shared experiences in the Borough of Kings, and discovering tunnels and wormholes in the process, they come out on the other end with music ...

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Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The roots of the title of violinist Tomoko Omura's second CD as leader refer to traditional and popular melodies familiar to several generations of Japanese. But if the melodies of Omura's childhood have left an indelible stamp on her musical DNA, so too has the past decade spent in America absorbing the roots of jazz. It's ...

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Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Japanese violinist Tomoko Omura may be ten years into a stay in the United States, but Roots clearly demonstrates that she hasn't forgotten or forsaken her homeland.

Omura left Japan and relocated to the United States in 2004, eager and ready to study at Boston's Berklee College of Music. Shortly after graduating in ...

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Julian Waterfall Pollack Trio: Waves Of Albion

Read "Waves Of Albion" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Waves Of Albion is the second album from the Julian Waterfall Pollack Trio. The musical talent and imagination displayed on the trio's debut, Infinite Playground (Junebeat Records, 2010), makes album number two an exciting prospect. The young pianist and his band mates don't disappoint.

Pollack has filled the time between albums with sideman appearances ...

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Julian Waterfall Pollack: Infinite Playground

Read "Infinite Playground" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Musicians are often looked at in terms of their influences, mentors and roots, as if those things constitute some homeopathic magic. Though they don't, they provide convenient markers to use in weighing a frequently intangible level of talent. Twenty-two year-old jazz pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack arrives on the scene as if completely formed, full of innovative ...

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Julian Waterfall Pollack: Infinite Playground

Read "Infinite Playground" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It seems at times as if the world is filled to the brim with technically adept young jazz players--musicians whose speed and dexterity earn immediate respect. But technique is not all there is. Indeed, it's not even half. Heart and soul need to be in the music as well. At only 22 years of age Julian ...