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Sketches: Volume 2

Read "Volume 2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Same musicians, same winning concept, great new songs: that's what awaits on the second volume of music from the quintet collective known as Sketches.

This Brooklyn-based outfit works a unique angle with its own brand of cross-pollinated composition, whereby one musician brings in a tidbit of music that serves as the seed for ...

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Sketches: Volume One

Read "Volume One" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Compositional specificity can be a blessing and a curse. It's easy to understand how having every last instruction set to paper can be helpful when it comes to starting the music making process, but the flip side of that argument is that there's nothing left to actually create if everything is already there in black and ...

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Sketches: Volume One

Read "Volume One" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Brooklyn-based jazz quintet comprised of nascent talent takes a unique approach to composition. Here, the musicians share a sketch from a notepad, denoting an incomplete composition or musical fragment and another band-member runs with it to use as a foundation for a new composition. Nonetheless, it's a balanced program, where the musicians fuse probing melodic ...

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Amina Figarova: Sketches

Read "Sketches" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tredici brani originali composti da Amina Figarova formano Sketches, il nuovo album della pianista dell'Azerbaijan e residente in Olanda. Un repertorio - nato attraverso i viaggi compiuti con la sua “famiglia musicale," ovvero il sestetto con il quale è poi entrata in uno studio di Amsterdam per registrare questo lavoro - composto da brani che si portano dentro una ...

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Satoko Fujii: Sketches

Read "Sketches" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

On her first solo record in eight years, Satoko Fujii gives free rein to her impulses. Her approaches are many and she constructs each piece with careful articulation. Her thoughts may run rampant or flow in placid ripple, but there is no denying that she brings in a strong technique that creates some magnetic moments.

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Satoko Fujii: Sketches

Read "Sketches" reviewed by Jim Santella

At times drifting through the celestial ether, and as times roaring dramatically through the intense fires below, Satoko Fujii lets her ideas flow freely and spontaneously in real time. Improvising in its purist sense, she caresses her piano and coaxes the music out of it.

By employing repetition with each turn of ideas, ...

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Satoko Fujii: Sketches

Read "Sketches" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Satoko Fujii begins her mornings at home with twenty minutes of piano improvisation. When I heard that, I wanted to find out where she lived, grab a good cup of coffee, find a seat on the sidwalk outside her window, and listen to her keyboard ruminations. The release of her Sketches gives us all the opportunity--without ...