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Christian Li & Mike Bono: Visitors

Read "Visitors" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The New York-based duo of guitarist Mike Bono and pianist Christian Li celebrate a decade of collaboration with Visitors, which they see as “a souvenir of the past and a blueprint for the future." It's a varied album of nine originals, with engineer Pran Bandi trying as much as possible to recreate a live atmosphere in ...

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Ricardo Grilli: 1954

Read "1954" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Ricardo Grilli is a New York-based guitarist whose music is a gentle blend of jazz and progressive rock. He leads a quartet of accomplished musicians who know how to alternately be calm and spacious or rhythmic and grooving. On the calmer side “Rings" has a quietly throbbing beat and mellow texture set up by Joe Martin's ...

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Julian Shore: Which Way Now?

Read "Which Way Now?" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

L'inizio è promettente. Archi che aprono gentilmente le danze, sinuosi e senza smancerie, accordi di pianoforte che introducono la melodia, il dialogo tra le parti intimista, ricco di suggestioni, evocativo, con piccole anomalie che esaltano l'armonioso incedere complessivo.

Poi Wich Way Now si incanala verso un'esercizio di stile. Tutto perfettamente calibrato, la precisione ...

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Julian Shore: Which Way Now?

Read "Which Way Now?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If the jazz world decided to elect a single questioning phrase to sum up its craft, this album title would be a great candidate. With three words and a single punctuation mark, the very heart of jazz--a music of infinite decision(s), not indecision, as some may (mis)read that--is laid out for all to see. Those who ...

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Andrew Hadro: For Us, The Living

Read "For Us, The Living" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Ha atteso quasi un decennio, il sax baritono Andrew Hadro, per incidere il primo disco a suo nome. Dopo alcune collaborazioni minori, dal 2006 al 2008 è stato scritturato da Chico Hamilton -con cui ha pubblicato sei album -e negli anni successivi da Junior Mance e Tony Malaby. Nato a Città del Messico e cresciuto per ...

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Andrew Hadro: For Us, The Living

Read "For Us, The Living" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Abraham Lincoln had one eye on the past and the other on the present and future when he gave his famous Gettysburg Address. In that speech, celebrating its sesquicentennial when this album was recorded in 2013, Lincoln spoke of honoring the fallen, furthering what they started, and looking forward to “a new birth of freedom." As ...

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 ...