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Jeff Dingler

Jeff Dingler is as upright/electric bassist living in New York City. Comfortable in a straight ahead context or playing world music, Jeff has worked in groups ranging from tours with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Addis Project, to recording modern jazz with Ecuadorian group Koyari. Currently Jeff works with numerous projects as a sideman- The Adam Makowicz Trio, pianist Dave Frank's Quartert, Kurdish musician Ozan Aksoy's group, in addition to Brad Shepik and Seido Salifoski's Balkan Peppers. Jeff has released two records as a bandleader- Taking Root and In Transit. In addition to his work as a rhythm section player, Jeff is noted for his compositions and lyrical soloing technique.

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Jeff Dingler: In Transit

Read "In Transit" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Living and working between the African and North American continent, bassist Jeff Dingler combines the influences of the two essentially different musical cultures on his sophomore effort, appropriately entitled In Transit, creating a most fluent fusion of Ethio-Jazz in a Bebop context. The musicians enhancing and realizing his musical vision are drummer Gusten Rudolph, pianist Lou ...

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Jonathan Saraga Quintet: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When young artists release their first album, it's always tempting to say they “show potential" or “are off to a good start," but those comments tend to be kindly veiled takes on “you get an A for effort, but should have waited a bit longer." Jonathan Saraga need not worry about having such pacifying comments thrown ...

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Jonathan Saraga Quintet: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Jonathan Saraga opens his debut, First Vision with the eleven-and-a-half-minute original, “Guidance," a probing rumination that flares up during his solo. The tune as a whole is a slow burn, but it bursts into high flames as it comes to its conclusion.

The leader has assembled a fine quintet of standard configuration--two horns, a ...

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Jonathan Saraga: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Award-winning trumpeter Jonathan Saraga's First Vision, is a skillfully conceived and exquisitely realized debut that brings to mind the edgy, envelope-pushing hard bop of many a Blue Note record in the early 1960s. The modal melodies are artfully orchestrated, allowing each musician the full breadth of his spontaneous creativity without resorting to unfettered clamor. Not a ...