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Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

If “Riverbed," which opens Mason Razavi's burnished sequel to Quartet Plus (First Orbit Sounds, 2014) were a doorway, it would welcome listeners like guests of honor to an intimate yet lively gathering of close friends and family. Such is the feeling of hospitality and warmth that pervades this thoroughly nourishing album. Over this and the next ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hristo Vitchev: Of Light and Shadows

Read "Of Light and Shadows" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Vitchev's latest effort is another jewel in his growing catalogue of widespread genres. Given Vitchev's warmly ambitious range of projects, he may soon be able to center his own multi-themed festival.

This presents his current, contemporary style quartet in an impressive showcase. The SF bay area group's core has played together in various ensembles ...

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Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “plus" in San Francisco Bay area-based guitarist Mason Razavi's CD Quartet Plus, Volume 2 is a front line consisting of trumpet, trombone and three reeds, which on the second half of the album more than doubles the size of Razavi's quartet. There are many ways that could be done. For example, the nonet tracks might ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bulgarian-born San Franciscan jazz guitarist/composer Hristo Vitchev leads an experienced quartet on this double-CD collection of attractive modern jazz. This is his seventh release as a leader, and the third with this quartet (allowing for a change in the drum chair), following Familiar Fields (First Orbit Sounds Music, 2013) and Song For Messsambria (First Orbit Sounds ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Marking his seventh project as a leader, internationally-renowned impressionistic guitarist Hristo Vitchev presents In Search of Wonders, his first double album of original world-tinged modern jazz delivered in the same creatively unique style this guitarist, is known for. One thing remains the same, the music is intellectual, soul-searching, harmonically-rich and thoroughly enchanting. With a double album ...

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Joe DeRose and Amici: Peace Streets

Read "Peace Streets" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Joe DeRose and guitarist Hristo Vitchev seem to be attached at the hip. DeRose was an important presence on Vitchev's Songs For Messambria (First Orbit Sounds, 2009) and The Perperikon Suite (First Orbit Sounds, 2011), and the guitarist is a fixture in this band. Bassist Dan Robbins also appears with both leaders, raising the odds ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Acoustic and the Electric: Hristo Vitchev and Joe DeRose

Read "The Acoustic and the Electric:  Hristo Vitchev and Joe DeRose" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Bay area guitarist Hristo Vitchev is a prolific and consummate musician. Capable of both deeply introspective lyricism and electrifyingly gregarious fervor, Vitchev, nevertheless, maintains his individuality and hi, easily recognizable, impressionistic style in all of his diverse engagements. Two records released in 2013 superbly showcase his adroitness in and adaptability to various musical situations.

The Arrival of the Modern Guitarist: Marcos Pin and Hristo Vitchev

Read "The Arrival of the Modern Guitarist:  Marcos Pin and Hristo Vitchev" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The first months of 2013 saw the emergence of two fascinating and innovative guitar albums by two very different musicians who, nevertheless, share a strong European sensibility.

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Barbanza

Free Code Jazz Records

2013

Galician guitarist and composer Marcos Pin has undertaken a daring project with Barbanza, his ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Familiar Fields" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The nine original compositions that make up Familiar Fields were conceived by composer/guitarist Hristo Vitchev between the releases of Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds, 2009) and his seven-movement Perperikon Suite (Self Produced, 2011). Vitchev wisely decided that these pieces deserved a home of their own, and that choice is more than validated here. Sharing instrumental ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Hristo Vitchev is an impressionistic jazz guitarist and composer; born in Belgium but now residing in San Francisco, he leads several modern jazz formations, from duets to quartets. His debut, Song For Messambria (Orbit Sounds, 2009), received positive reviews internationally, and his studio album with Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Weber Iago, Secrets of An Angel (Orbit Sounds, ...