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Jo-Yu Chen: Savage Beauty

Read "Savage Beauty" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La brava pianista taiwanese allieva di Kenny Barron e Jason Moran è tornata a incidere dopo quattro anni di silenzio, confermando il suo valore e le linee di fondo della sua estetica. Anche in quest'album Jo-Yu Chen aggiunge al suo stabile trio un ospite (Mark Turner prende il posto di Kurt Rosenwinkel) e conferma la co-produzione ...

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Melissa Aldana: Visions

Read "Visions" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Compositional and instrumental virtuosity always walks along a razor's edge between self-indulgence and purposeful accomplishment. On Visions, sought after saxophonist Melissa Aldana proves that she doesn't only master balancing this edge but that she can also go beyond the complexities of structure, scales and improvisation and naturally create her very own musical aesthetic. In interplay with ...

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Jo-Yu Chen: Savage Beauty

Read "Savage Beauty" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The cover art of pianist Jo-Yu Chen's fourth album, Savage Beauty, is provocative and beautiful. So is the music. There is a sense of a “stepping up of the game," in terms of public persona and artistry. Chen has always taken the physical product—the hard copy of her CDs—seriously, beginning with her debut, Obsession (Sony Music ...

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Aaron Parks: Little Big

Read "Little Big" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo un decennio caratterizzato da svariate collaborazioni, esibizioni pianistiche in solo (Arborescence) e in differenti trio (Alive in Japan e Find The Way), Aaron Parks torna a un pieno ruolo di compositore e leader sviluppando l'estetica del celebrato Invisible Cinema.

Protagonista è un quartetto d'identica strumentazione ma con nuovi partner: il chitarrista neozelandese ...

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Aaron Parks: Little Big

Read "Little Big" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Pianist/composer Aaron Parks' recording career began when, at the impressionable age of eighteen, he signed on with Terrence Blanchard and recorded several noted albums with the trumpeter, most notably the soundtrack to Spike Lee's Invisible Man and Blanchard's own, Grammy winning A Tale of God's Will (Requiem for Katrina (Blue Note, 2007). In the creative interim ...

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Aaron Parks: Little Big

Read "Little Big" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The press release for highly praised keyboard/composer Aaron Parks's (Kurt Rosenwinke, Terence Blanchard) latest album states: “after experimenting with various lineups and sessions, Parks landed on three musicians ideally suited for this atmospheric, genre-bending new work." And after listening to this inspiring session it's easy to discern why Parks needed time and a bit of prudence ...

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Aaron Parks: Little Big

Read "Little Big" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

After an absence from activity as a leader, pianist and composer, Aaron Parks reemerged in 2017 with a new trio formation, releasing the highly acclaimed Find The Way (ECM), which carried on the unique harmonic language found four years prior, on the solo Arborescence (ECM, 2013). Today's Little Big, however, comes much more in the vein ...

Jon De Lucia: As The River Sings

Read "As The River Sings" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato nel luglio del 2014 esce per la Fresh Sound New Talent questo lavoro del multistrumentista Jon De Lucia, nato nel Massachusetts ma residente a New York, autore di tutte le composizioni e alla testa di un quartetto nel quale, oltre alla ritmica classica, trova posto la chitarra di Greg Ruggiero.

La cifra del ...

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Simone Graziano: Snailspace

Read "Snailspace" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Otto anni dopo Lightwalls, che segnò il suo esordio discografico come leader, Simone Graziano ritorna a presentare un lavoro per piano trio. Nel frattempo il pianista fiorentino ha sviluppato idee e realizzato lavori -in particolare con il suo quintetto Frontal -che gli hanno permesso di imporsi come uno dei musicisti più interessanti del panorama nazionale. Esperienze ...

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Simone Graziano Trio alla Sala Vanni di Firenze

Read "Simone Graziano Trio alla Sala Vanni di Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Simone Graziano Trio
Musicus Concentus
Sala Vanni
Firenze
28.03.2017

Nuova formazione per il pianista e compositore fiorentino Simone Graziano, leader dell'apprezzato quintetto Frontal, che adesso si cimenta alla testa di un trio piano-basso-batteria. Al suo fianco il contrabbassista Francesco Ponticelli e il giovane batterista statunitense Tommy Crane, per una interpretazione ...