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Aneta George & Martin Milcent Trio: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

Vocalists who are relatively new to jazz tend to play it safe and often stick to a tried-and-true set of standards, as close as possible to the interpretations of those standards they are familiar with. You really have to be brave and sure of your compositional and vocal capabilities to come up with a full set ...

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Tamir Hendelman: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This is quite an unusual debut, since Israeli-born pianist Tamir Hendelman already had an international reputation years before this first CD as leader. A longstanding anchor of two famous bands (the Jeff Hamilton Trio since 2000, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since 2001), Hendelman is increasingly busy as arranger, sideman, and accompanist for singers such as ...

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Manu Katche: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

It's great to hear drummer Manu Katché finally given the spotlight to present his qualities as composer/bandleader. His first album--It's About Time (BMG France, 1992)--was a flop, despite the many popular names participating. Neighbourhood (ECM, 2006), on the other hand, was a work of genius, presenting Katché's best qualities as a composer, arranger and player. It ...

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Manu Katche: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Non è facile realizzare un album che sia classico, in senso jazzistico, non banale e capace di uscire dallo stereotipo del filone in cui si inserisce. Playground del batterista francese Manu Katche riesce ad essere queste tre cose insieme. Lungamente al fianco di Peter Gabriel, Sting, Youssou n’Dour e Jan Garbarek, Katche aveva già convinto con la ...

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Manu Katche: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Part of what makes jazz so fascinating is its stylistic breadth. Indeed, the word jazz is almost synonymous with “that-which-shall-not-be-defined," but labels are a shorthand that can help relate a given release's main characteristics. Playground, drummer Manu Katché's second release as a leader after Neighbourhood (ECM, 2005), resists the application of a label, but “ECM Smooth ...

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Manu Katche: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by John Kelman

It may not appear until the fourth track in, but the propulsive “So Groovy" could easily have been the title for the follow-up to Manu Katché's award-winning ECM debut, 2005's Neighbourhood. Still, Playground is no less fitting since it's an album that demonstrates--with three-fifths of Neighbourhood's members reconvened, and two younger but emergent players replacing the ...

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Leah Kline: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by Craig W. Hurst

Leah Kline's debut CD certainly is a Playground of fresh and creative new ideas that just simply add up to a lot of fun for the listener. Someone would have to be hard pressed to not like this recording by the Amsterdam-based Kline and her supporting group of Los Angeles-based jazz musicians. What they have assembled ...

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Russell Malone: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by Jack Bowers

MaxJazz, which has showcased jazz musicians in series devoted to various instruments (piano, horns, vocals), tapped guitarist Russell Malone to launch its String Series—an inspired choice, as Malone is one of the fastest rising stars on the contemporary jazz horizon, a superb technician who plays with exceptional warmth and congeniality.

Playground is basically a quartet date ...

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Russell Malone: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by Russ Musto

Considering the breadth of his talent, it is somewhat surprising that Russell Malone has recorded somewhat sparingly as a leader. On this, his sixth and arguably best disc to date, he confirms his status as one of the most versatile straight-ahead jazz guitarists playing music today. Malone is at home in a wide range of styles ...

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Russell Malone: Playground

Read "Playground" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Russell Malone is a guitarist’s guitarist. He shares with Joe Pass the distinction for being equally a superb accompanist and leader, as evidenced by recordings with Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., Shirley Horn and Wynton Marsalis—as well as his own recordings. He opens MaxJazz's inaugural String Series with two originals for jazz quartet. “You Should have ...