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Maria Baptist: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Maria Baptist has several favorite contexts for her piano--trio, trio-plus-one, solo or with an orchestra--and yet there's always a certain throughline that comes through in any setting. It's a sophisticated voice that's highly emotional, evocative and vivid as life.

Following on from a successful year of profile-building and highly visible gigs, Baptist goes small-scale ...

Isamu McGregor: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It has been five years since the release of pianist Isamu McGregor's debut Live at the Baked Potato! (Amorphous Paraphernalia Records, 2012) and his Resonance turns out to be well worth the wait. While the first album was solidly entrenched in the fusion arena, the current outing is a genre defying and eclectic collection with an ...

Isamu McGregor: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On this album, his second as a leader since 2012's Live at the Baked Potato, pianist/keyboardist Isamu McGregor continues to hone his approach to crafting intelligent, challenging jazz fusion. With bassist Evan Marien and drummer Gene Coye once again at his side, he's got the right partners for navigating his maze-like compositions, and guest spots by ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning-Early Recordings from 1949-1958

Read "Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning-Early Recordings from 1949-1958" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Guitarist Wes Montgomery, despite his tragically short life, was very prolific and immensely impactful. Equally adept at sophisticated instrumental virtuosity and lighter, more commercially appealing sounds, Montgomery influenced majority of guitar players who appeared on the jazz scene during the 1960s and after.

Montgomery cut his first record Fingerpickin' for Pacific Jazz in 1958 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tribute to Carla Bley: Mandala Octet and Mandala Orchestra

Read "Tribute to Carla Bley: Mandala Octet and Mandala Orchestra" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser



Mandala Octet and Mandala Orchestra
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
June 5, 2015

Steve McQuarry had an epiphany last December. While on the phone with Karen Mantler, daughter of eminent avant-garde jazz composer Carla Bley, McQuarry realized that he would like to play some of her tunes onstage, and ...

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Eyeshutight: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Eyeshutight is a piano trio, formed in 2010 in the UK city of Leeds. Resonance is the trio's third release, an album that impresses even in the crowded and competitive world of the jazz piano trio, with a mix of lyrical sweetness, hard grooves and catchy rhythms.

Officially, the band name is pronounced Eyes Shut ...

Resonance: Introductions

Read "Introductions" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Offering a unique musical experience where the blend of jazz and classical instrumentation comes together quite nicely, Introductions is the sparkling debut of an unusual octet known as Resonance. There are not many groups that mix the standard sounds of the saxophone, drums and bass with string-oriented instruments like cello, viola, violin, and even piccolo. Resonance ...

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Yotam: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sono tanti i musicisti israeliani che si sono trasferiti a New York per potere fare del jazz, in tutte le sue varianti di stile. Fra questi, c´è Yotam Silberstein, un chitarrista mainstream che a 21 anni venne nominato come miglior jazzista israeliano. Da qui sono arrivate offerte di lavoro all´estero, con la Fresh Sound/New Talent in Spagna, e da lí il ...

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Manfred Schoof: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by John Kelman

For every artist that has achieved international attention via the exposure of ECM Records, there are countless others who seem to have been lost beneath the cracks. German trumpeter Manfred Schoof, who recorded three superb albums for the ECM- affiliated JAPO label in the 1970s, was a member of the freewheeling Globe Unity Orchestra alongside Peter ...

Joey Pero: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Citius, Altius, Fortius--faster, higher, stronger. That is the Olympic motto representing the philosophical and performance goals of its participating athletes. Incredible, fascinating, and tremendous are not the only the goals, but the results of phenom trumpeter Joey Pero's Resonance. This is a bravura musical performance of incredible musicianship, “virtu-artistry" and superior production values.

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