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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 ...


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 ...


Till Brönner / Dieter Ilg: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Till Brönner is widely lauded in his native Germany and throughout Europe. He has had broad success not only as a jazz composer and musician but also in film music, pop and country genres. Brönner has recorded eighteen albums as a leader and worked with Monty Alexander, Dave Brubeck, Al Foster, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, ...


Li Xiaochuan: Initial

Read "Initial" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

In China, one of the world's most ancient--and at times sheltered--civilizations, jazz music, which was once called “pornographic," has experienced a very robust re-emergence. For example, a recent multi-city tour in 5-digit capacity venues by Maestro Arturo Sandoval played to overflow SROs each night. And, there's even now a Blue Note in Beijing, a jazz club ...


Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream

Read "I Know I Dream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Stacey Kent has practically done it all over the past twenty years, selling north of two million albums, putting her gorgeously delicate stamp on standards, introducing fresh tunes into the canon, racking up awards, and bringing her flawless voice to fans in more than fifty countries. But one thing she hadn't done prior to this point ...


Sony Music Is Opening A Vinyl Pressing Plant, 30 Years After It Closed The Last One

Sony Music Is Opening A Vinyl Pressing Plant, 30 Years After It Closed The Last One

Everything that's old is new again. Or at least that's true for Sony Music Entertainment, who after a hiatus of three decades, will start producing vinyl records again in their own new plant to help meet  the high demand for the hipster audio format.  After a 30 year hiatus, Sony is opening a plant to produce vinyl ...


Miles Davis: Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974

Read "Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis 1969-1974" reviewed by Sacha O'Grady

For anyone unfamiliar with his work, Bill Laswell is something of a producer's producer, who has worked with a wide array of artists ranging from John Lydon to Whitney Houston (though not on the same record one would assume). At some point Laswell miraculously managed to convince the powers that be to hand over copies of ...


Hugh Coltman: Shadows - Songs of Nat King Cole

Read "Shadows - Songs of Nat King Cole" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Quali percorsi conducono un affermato cantante pop a trasformarsi in jazz crooner, secondo i classici modelli di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè, Tony Bennett o Nat King Cole?

La biografia dell'inglese Hugh Coltman ci dà una risposta, che nel caso specifico connette la casualità di un incontro col pianista belga Eric Legnini ed eventi ...


Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo: Playing Lecuona

Read "Playing Lecuona" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Colonna sonora dell'omonimo documentario dedicato all'arte di Ernesto Lecuona, il CD in esame riunisce alcuni dei più fulgidi protagonisti della scena cubana odierna. Il fine è quello di omaggiare uno dei principali maestri della scena afrocubana del Novecento, autore di ben 400 canzoni e 153 composizioni per pianoforte. Riproposti con grande cura e spirito filologico, i ...


David Bowie: Blackstar

Read "David Bowie: Blackstar" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

The 10-year long absence from the limelight clearly didn't dim singer David Bowie's sense of guile or invention. That was clearly evident with the sudden reappearance with the utterly brilliant The Next Day which pilot single “Where Are We Now?" appeared from nowhere on his birthday and delighting many people along the way. In a career ...