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Luca Aquino: Aqustico vol 2

Read "Aqustico vol 2" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il secondo volume di Aqustico conferma l'appassionante ricerca documentata nel precedente album, con qualche diversità: a quattro anni dal quintetto di fine 2012 il trombettista beneventano compie nuove esplorazioni, privilegiando la relazione col fisarmonicista Carmine Ioanna (a cui si aggiunge in un paio di brani Giampiero Franco alle percussioni) e concedendo qualche spazio all'elettronica.



Read "OR" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's always nice to discover a meeting of new or unfamiliar bedfellows in the music world. However figuratively or geographically removed some things may seem to be--such as Scandinavia's fjords and the American heartland, let's just say for instance--you can probably count on a crew of good and willing players to find some common ground. Okay, ...


Audun Trio: Rondane

Read "Rondane" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Rondane is the kind of debut that sounds almost too accomplished and self-assured to be a debut. Its theme certainly doesn't hurt: the album is named after a Norwegian national park, and the picturesque quality can't help but enhance such an endeavor in anyone's hands. Credit where credit's due, though--this young trio sounds sharp and versatile ...


Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue

Read "Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

How many collections of standards does the jazz world really need? The answer, of course, is that there's always room for more as long as the players and listeners can find something relevant and fresh. Every piece on offer in this batch has been around for several decades at least, but these old things never fail ...


Olga Konkova & Jens Thoresen: Old Songs

Read "Old Songs" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Olga Konkova and Jens Thoresen seemingly can't sit down for a chat without something beautiful coming out. Each has a mellifluous touch on their instrument, but their eloquent back-and-forth chemistry is the bigger part of what makes their duo recordings special. Following on from the holiday collection December Songs (Losen, 2016), the pair sticks to the ...


Alf Häggkvist: Blue Serge

Read "Blue Serge" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Originario del nord della Svezia, Alf Häggkvist vive da venticinque anni a Stoccolma ove ha avuto l'opportunità di collaborare con molti musicisti del suo paese e non solo. Apprezzato compositore e autore di canzoni, è anche un ottimo pianista, sensibile, espressivo e dalle notevoli capacità improvvisative. In questo Blue Serge è impegnato in un pregevole piano ...


The Tronosonic Experience: The Tronosonic Experience

Read "The Tronosonic Experience" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Norwegian quartet The Tronosonic Experience describes the music on their debut as “punk-jazz-avant-rock," which about covers it. Opener “Die Streif" comes storming in with a heavy bass line and an emphasis on the rock end of the spectrum, including blazing distorted guitar from Øyvind Nypan. It shows a completely different side of his playing from his ...


LRK Trio: If You Have a Dream

Read "If You Have a Dream" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It begins with a swell of strings that could almost serve as a prelude to something classical. Before the first minute is over, the piano swoops in for a brief but dizzying solo as the intro builds to a plateau. In the next minute we're launched into a tumble down a very steep slope--the piece's composer ...

Frode Kjekstad: A Piece of the Apple

Read "A Piece of the Apple" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There's no telling just when or why a certain place will sink its hooks into you. However active Frode Kjekstad remains in his native Norway, he's clearly left his heart in jny: New York City. The bustling personality of the metropolis can be felt all over his bop-and-blues compositions and fleet fretwork. With a classy full-bodied ...

Guitars on Three Continents

Read "Guitars on Three Continents" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Gonzalo Esteybar
One Look
River Flow Records

Even when you can glean a lot from a first glance, it still usually means just scratching the surface. Gonzalo Esteybar knows his way around the instrument enough to have studied in Robert Fripp's Guitar Circle and repeatedly toured with its ...