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Arshak Sirunyan: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist/composer Arshak Sirunyan last offered up a startlingly good multi-media, cross-genre collection with Hoodman's Blind (Self-produced, 2014). That recording found the Armenian born musician tackling the complexities of translating a medieval contest of strategy to an engaging musical concept. The success of that album hinged--in no small part--on Sirunyan's ability to blend disparate elements of chamber, ...

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Serbian Jazz BRE: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

What began as a multimedia jazz experience, a combination of straight ahead jazz music and series of photographs by the band's instigator and producer Ivan Grlić, soon evolved into a live video extravaganza with video projections that run in the background whenever the band is playing live. First there was a book with photographs, which were ...

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Ivo Perelman: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Brazilian tenor sax titan Ivo Perelman's 22nd album for Leo Records crosses paths formerly traversed. Set out to be a trio date with pianist Matthew Shipp and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Perelman called bassist William Parker because one of the artists was late for the studio session, although everyone showed up; hence, the quartet format.

Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Troy Collins

Currently in the midst of an unprecedented mid-career renaissance, wildly prolific tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman has been recording for Leo Records at a frantic pace, typically issuing several new albums at a time. Released concurrently with The Edge and The Art of the Duet, Volume One is Serendipity, a title that bears out its namesake. Taped ...

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Ivo Perelman: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Back in the day, when a 12-inch LP was limited to about 20 minutes of music per side, an engineer would have had to carefully edit a recording such as the 45-minute long improvisation heard on Serendipity.

That certainly is an unacceptable proposition for the quartet assembled by tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman.

His intensely ...

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Gregory Tardy: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Jim Santella

Young lion Greg Tardy shares his enthusiasm and modern mainstream approach with support from pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Eric Harland. The tenor saxophonist leads his ensemble in a session of standards and originals, showing a preference for the excitement of hard bop rhythms and its inherent variety of brash harmonies.

Russell Gunn ...

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Gregory Tardy: Serendipity

Read "Serendipity" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Gregory Tardy is Impulse's hot new saxophonist, having played with Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine, Wynton, Tom Harrell, Jay McShann, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Steve Coleman. On Serendipity,, his maiden voyage as a leader, he's joined by Wynton's longtime bassist Reginald Veal, Aaron Goldberg on piano and Eric Harland on drums. Mulgrew Miller on piano and trumpeters ...