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Adam O'Farrill: El Maquech

Read "El Maquech" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A due anni di distanza da Stranger Days, suo prodigioso debutto da leader con la Sunnyside, il 24enne Adam O'Farrill cambia l'etichetta ma non l'organico, confermando il quartetto col fratello Zack alla batteria, il sassofonista Chad Lewkowitz-Brown e il bassista Walter Stinson.
Nipote del leggendario bandleader cubano Chico O'Farrill e figlio del pianista Arturo, ...

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Maria Grand: Magdalena

Read "Magdalena" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The intimate and personal Magdalena is tenor saxophonist Maria Grand's second release as a leader. On it she fleshes out the ideas explored on her dynamic debut EP, Tetrawind (Biophilia, 2017). Sandwiched between two spoken-word tracks, the recording showcases Grand's skills as a vocalist, instrumentalist and composer.

Singer Jasmine Wilson recites Grand's verse with ...

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Maria Grand: Magdalena

Read "Magdalena" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La si aspettava al varco (bonariamente parlando) dopo l'ottimo esordio con l'EP Tetrawind e Maria Grand, giovanissimo talento sbocciato alla corte di Steve Coleman e transitata dalle parti di Steve Lehman, Doug Hammond, Vijay Iyer e Craig Taborn non tradisce le attese, dando alle stampe con Magdalena un album di grande spessore, maturo e per certi ...

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Fabian Almazan: Environmental Action Figure

Read "Fabian Almazan: Environmental Action Figure" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

This article was submitted on behalf of Melissa Denchak and originally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

After nearly going extinct, vinyl has staged a billion-dollar comeback. This year, in a seventh year of double-digit growth, an estimated 40 million records have been pressed and sold globally, and the business forecast looks just ...

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Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Giunto al quarto disco da leader, Fabian Almazan s'impone con un'opera ambiziosa e appassionante, che ha ricevuto superlativi giudizi dai massimi jazz magazine statunitensi. Alcanza è una suite in nove movimenti con tre brevi interludi incisa dallo stesso organico del precedente album Rhizome (Artist Share, 2014): ovvero il piano trio con la bassista Linda Oh} e ...

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Bryan and the Aardvarks: Sounds from the Deep Field

Read "Sounds from the Deep Field" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Gustiamola un poco alla volta questa cosmogonia musicale che si apre fisicamente come un origami-custodia virtuale, il “Biopholio" ossia un'elegante contenitore/libretto di copertina che all'interno non contiene un CD, ma un codice per il download della musica, in perfetta consonanza con lo spirito ambientalista che anima l'etichetta discografica fondata dal pianista cubano Fabian Almazan, come il ...

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Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

There is no doubt that pianist and composer Fabian Almazan's Alcanza is a unique and boldly inventive work. On it Almazan deftly fuses the tonality and stylings of a string quartet with those of his piano trio. He also adorns this captivating composition with the scintillating romanticism of guitarist and vocalist Camila Meza's hypnotic singing. The ...

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Fabian Almazan: Alcanza

Read "Alcanza" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When his debut record, Personalities, was released in 2011, pianist Fabian Almazan put everyone on notice: this was a musician unafraid to take some big chances with his craft. That album began with a piece by Shostakovich (augmented with a string quartet and electronics, no less), and it effectively established the trajectory Almazan has continued ever ...

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Linda May Han Oh: Walk Against Wind

Read "Walk Against Wind" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the exquisite Walk Against Wind bassist Linda May Han Oh showcases her unique compositional style that rivals, artistically, her mastery over her instrument and her improvisational prowess. These 11 originals express various motifs reflecting Oh's diverse influences yet a delightfully dark poetry imbues all of them, giving the album its thematic unity.

The ...

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Awakening Orchestra: Atticus Live!

Read "Atticus Live!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sorry. If this is the direction in which big-band jazz is moving, please apply the brakes as quickly and gently as possible so that this listener may exit the train. When it comes to big bands, some members of an older generation cling to standards that must always be upheld. Not swinging is from time to ...