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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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Jackie Gage: Siren Songs

Read "Siren Songs" reviewed by James Nadal

It is an era of difficult choices for young vocalists, but the ones that follow their heart are certainly the better for it. Jackie Gage is a determined singer who self-produced Siren Songs as a commitment toward her career in jazz. The production features a refined string quartet, augmenting the rhythm section, but the highlight is ...

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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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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Roger Farbey

With six previous albums already to his name, guitarist Hristo Vitchev has now released a double album of his own compositions, benefitting from the inclusion of three exceptionally talented musicians constituting his quartet. Vitchev's dextrously lithe playing is evident from the start on the (initially) pastoral opener “The Transitory Nature," recalling the styles and fluidity of ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Only in his mid-thirties, Hristo Vitchev has led or co-led eight releases; three previous albums with the core of this quartet. With each outing representing a creative and additive progression that should rightfully place him in the class of guitarist/composers that span skill sets from Jim Hall to Pat Metheny, Vitchev is overdue in finding a ...

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Mason Razavi/Bennett Roth-Newell: After You

Read "After You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While guitarist Mason Razavi and pianist Bennett Roth-Newell have had plenty of opportunities to connect musically in Razavi's Quartet, his expanded Quartet Plus, and elsewhere, this marks the first time that this pair has pared things down to record as a duo.

Over the course of eight songs--five originals, two jazz standards, and ...

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Errol Rackipov Group: Pictures from a Train Window

Read "Pictures from a Train Window" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Composer and educator Errol Rackipov--who currently teaches at several South Florida Universities including Florida International University, Florida Memorial and Broward College--is a master of the vibraphone and marimba where as the leader on Pictures from a Train Window, ably displays his talents in providing a distinct modern/fusion sound where jazz is but one element in a ...

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Errol Rackipov Group: Pictures From A Train Window

Read "Pictures From A Train Window" reviewed by Chris Mosey

There's a lot going on here: all manner of different musical influences and moods. Errol Rackipov (vibes and marimba), hails originally from Bulgaria. In his sleeve note, he likens life to a train ride on which we glimpse reflections of our past, present and future out of the window.

The wistful, yet driving ...

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Errol Rackipov Group: Pictures from a Train Window

Read "Pictures from a Train Window" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It used to be that the name of guitar alchemist Hristo Vitchev on a recording meant a breezy, ethereal affair crammed full of complex melodies dancing over creative, if often implied, harmonies. Not so on percussionist Errol Rackipov's Pictures from a Train Window. While Vitchev's presence is great, Rackipov composed the majority of the pieces and ...