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International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition 2015

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International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition
jny:Krakow, Poland
July 1-4, 2015

Szymon Mika, a twenty-four year old Polish guitarist, won first prize in the inaugural International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition, held in Krakow from 1-4 July. An international jury comprising John Abercrombie, Karol Ferfecki, Mike Stern, Wojciech Karolak, Ed Cherry, ...

Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul

Read "Restive Soul" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Boston native saxophonist Kyle Nasser's debut Restive Soul is a cohesive collection of ten, intriguing and elegantly crafted, Nasser originals. The music has a surprising maturity tempered with passionate spontaneity and a darkly cinematic ambience.

A mysterious aura shrouds the evocative “Shadow Army" that opens with pianist Dov Manski's percussive chords. Guitarist Jeff Miles' ...

Julian Shore: Filaments

Read "Julian Shore: Filaments" reviewed by Dave Wayne

There is nothing wrong with mellow jazz. As long as distance can be maintained from the hackneyed, dialed-in feel of smooth jazz, it can be a refreshing change of pace from the intensity and analytical focus of a lot of modern art music, jazz or otherwise. Listening to pianist Julian Shore's Filaments, there's the sense that ...

Third Story: Third Story

Read "Third Story: Third Story" reviewed by Robert Bush

Third Story

Third Story

Third Story Music

2012

Third Story is a remarkable document from a young band (average age 26) of top flight musicians. Although the group was put together, and the album produced, by bassist Danny Weller, there is a collaborative spirit that infuses the disc, drawing material from three ...

Gabriel Guerrero: Feyas

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The mere mention of bop piano icon Bud Powell as an inspiration and major influence should be a justifiable motivation to pay attention to Gabriel Guerrero. The energetic pianist's Feyas displays a recognized reverence to Powell while also exhibiting self-assurance, technical expedience, and compositional proficiency.

Guerrero draws deep from the jazz piano idiom ...