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Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Si dice un gran bene di questo giovane sassofonista israeliano di stanza a New York, qui giunto al secondo lavoro da leader alla testa di un quartetto che include i connazionali Shai Maestro e Ziv Ravitz e il greco Petros Klampanis. In programma sue musiche originali e il coltraneano «Lonnie's Lament».

E in effetti ...

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Paul Brody's Sadawi: Vanishing Night

Read "Vanishing Night" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Cinquantaseienne di Seattle, figlio di padre ucraino e madre ebrea fuggita da Vienna, il compositore e trombettista Paul Brody si muove da anni in molti campi musicali, dal jazz alla musica per il teatro, dalle installazioni al klezmer, lavorando ora negli Stati Uniti, ora in Europa, in particolare in Germania. Questo lavoro -registrato a Berlino -lo ...

Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Translator's Note is an outstanding release from the Tel Aviv native, now New York-based tenor saxophonist Oded Tzur. As he did on his debut outing Like a Great River (Enja Records, 2016), Tzur merges jazz and elements of Indian music. Rather than playing the two styles off each other, he finds the common ground between the ...

Oded Tzur: Translator's Note

Read "Translator's Note" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

If music has the potential to tell stories, saxophonist Oded Tzur proves himself one of the jazz world's premier storytellers on Translator's Note. “Single Mother," the tune that opens the set, is a vibrant novelette, haunting and atmospheric, riding on the undertones of Indian classical music--a winding tale that gathers intensity and momentum, a sculpting of ...

Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture

Read "The Broader Picture" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A dispetto della notorietà e del prestigio ottenuti nell'attività di batterista e insegnante, le doti compositive di Billy Hart sono relativamente poco note. Il trombonista e compositore svizzero Christophe Schweizer, già suo allievo al Mannes College of Music di New York nel 1992, rende omaggio al maestro arrangiando alcuni suoi brani ed eseguendoli con la WDR ...

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Trio Elf: Music Box Music

Read "Music Box Music" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

German pianist Walter Lang leads something of a double life, musically. On the one hand, he fronts standard piano trios with an impressionist bent--in the mode of a Marc Copland--on recordings like Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Hagel Neyer Records, 2005) and Eurasia (M & I Records, 2009); on another hand, he heads up Trio ...

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The Young Philadelphians: Live in Tokyo

Read "Live in Tokyo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Ah, The Sound of jny: Philadelphia. For folks lucky enough to grow up in or around the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection in the mid-to late-1970s (I'm one), the very phrase resounds with memories, most emanating from Sigma Sound Studios on North 12th Street: Thick yet clear arrangements, pumping and thumping basslines and rhythms, ...

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Billy Hart & The WDR Big Band: The Broader Picture

Read "The Broader Picture" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A great teacher's influence can be unusually powerful and completely unbound, fixed to specific moments and lessons in a student's mind while also reverberating through time and space. You simply never know where it may lead, what doors it may unlock, or what wonders and worlds it may help to create. That's the subtext in the ...

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Tobias Meinhart: Natural Perception

Read "Natural Perception" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Presenting his debut recording on the Munich-based ENJA Records, Natural Perception is Bavarian-born and Brooklyn, New York-based saxophonist Tobias Meinhart's fourth album as leader delivering a rich palette of swinging modern jazz deserving serious attention. On tap are six Meinhart originals as well as fresh new arrangements of Harry Warren's classic “You're My Everything," and Bill ...

Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians: Live In Tokyo

Read "Live In Tokyo" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Marc Ribot, il Philly Sound, gli archi, il funk. Ormai capace di attraversare qualsiasi tipo di contesto musicale con la facilità con cui l'acqua scorre lungo le pietre di un ruscello, il chitarrista amato da Tom Waits incornicia con un Live in Tokyo una delle sue avventure più folli e divertenti.

Ribot arruola ...