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Emiliano Lasansky

Emiliano Lasansky is a jazz musician, bassist, composer and educator currently based in New York City. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Emiliano is the grandson of artist Mauricio Lasansky and was born into a family of visual artists. From an early age he spent much time in his families’ studios surrounded by their art. Emiliano began on violin and electric bass at a young age, but switched to upright bass as his interest in jazz grew. After graduating from Iowa City West High, Emiliano attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he studied with professor Jeff Campbell

James Hall: Lattice

Read "Lattice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

James Hall uses an interesting combination of instruments you rarely hear in a jazz quintet on this CD, with his trombone and Jamie Baum's flute sharing the front line. The result, full of cool high-low harmonies, is an intriguing sound that goes in many different directions.

The lilting weave of “Shoy" showcases how well ...

Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Free-wheeling and forward-thinking, young, native-New Yorker and one-time performer at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Andrew Gould makes his living on alto and soprano sax, but he blows wild like many a tenor-man before him, including his inspirations Joe Henderson and John Coltrane.

On First Things First, his broad and confident debut, high-wattage rules ...

Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are many realities to the jazz scene in New York. If you check out the marquee listings at the swankiest clubs, you'll see certain names pop up again and again for a short run here or there. These men and women are most certainly an important part of the mix and draw, having paid their ...

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Danny Janklow: Elevation

Read "Elevation" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Danny Janklow è un giovane sassofonista californiano che ha conquistato una certa notorietà sia come membro della MONK'estra di John Beasley --presente in questo disco come pianista insieme ad Eric Reed --sia come accompagnatore di Stevie Wonder, Jose James, Herbie Hancock per citarne alcuni --dopo essersi fatto le ossa nella Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra di Wynton ...

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Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

Read "Hear & Now" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

In questo terzo disco da leader Nick Finzer conferma l'organico e i partner presenti nei primi due: Exposition (Outside in Music, 2013) e The Chase (Origin Records, 2015). Non ancora trentenne, il trombonista di Rochester (N.Y.) s'è imposto tra i migliori strumentisti della sua generazione per la tecnica brillante, la bellezza del timbro e il rispetto ...

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Paul Jones: Clean

Read "Clean" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When saxophonist Paul Jones delivered his literature-indebted debut--Short History (Blujazz Productions, 2014)--it marked him as an intellectually curious seeker, eager and willing to walk a different path. With Clean he goes even further afield, utilizing minimalistic ideals, mathematically-oriented compositional methodology, post-millenial hip hop influences, and jazz language to create a whole that's wholly different from anything ...

Dave Chisholm: Instrumental

Read "Instrumental" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Trumpeter/composer Dave Chisholm has a creative skill outside of music: he's also an accomplished cartoonist. His graphic novel Instrumental tells the story of an aspiring trumpeter who almost loses his soul after receiving a cursed trumpet, and this album serves as the Soundtrack. The seven selections have titles paralleling the chapters in the graphic novel, but ...

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Nick Finzer: Hear & Now

Read "Hear & Now" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based trombonist Nick Finzer has benefited from mentorships under trombone masters Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Turre; but his third CD release, Hear And Now also brings the original trombones master, J.J. Johnson to mind. One of Johnson's last CDs, the minor masterpiece, Heroes (Verve Records, 1995), featured a sextet configuration with an enormously-talented pianist, Rene ...

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Jimmy O'Connell Sixtet: Arrhythmia

Read "Arrhythmia" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trombonist Jimmy O'Connell has been slowly and steadily climbing the ladder of jazz success since leaving his Detroit home and arriving in New York in 2009. Over the course of his seven years in the Big Apple, O'Connell has had the opportunity to work with leading lights like trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, contribute ...