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Masabumi Kikuchi Trio: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ad un primo ascolto di Sunrise ci si potrebbe domandare quanto in questa musica diafana, reticente e sospesa sia dovuto alla scrittura e quanto all'improvvisazione. Poi, anche leggendo le informazioni del libretto, si comprende che si tratta di improvvisazione collettiva, ma sempre indirizzata dal leader verso un pensoso e malinconico progredire, verso un ascolto reciproco quasi telepatico, sotto la ...

Amit Friedman Sextet: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This seems to be shaping up as the year of the “Sunrise." Two outstanding sets by that name have been released in 2012: one by the Masabumi Kikuchi Trio on ECM Records, the other a self-produced gem by the Indo/American chamber ensemble, Karavika. Israeli saxophonist Amit Friedman makes it a triptych with his own Sunrise, on ...

Masabumi Kikuchi Trio: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Masabumi Kikuchi recorded a session with the late trumpeter Miles Davis in 1978 that was never released. Had it been, the Japanese musician could perhaps have been slung by Davis' Jovian presence/influence to greater fame. As it is, Kikuchi has maintained a career as an iconoclastic artist, collaborating with some of the best jazz players. ...

Masabumi Kikuchi Trio: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by John Kelman

With a surprising number of recordings coming out that represent some of drummer Paul Motian's final work before passing unexpectedly in the fall of 2011, few have created as deeply personal a tribute as the liner notes to Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi's Sunrise. “Suddenly Paul was gone. He left without warning," Kikuchi writes, as he recounts ...

Karavika: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

What are the career choices for a classically trained musician? It's not sitting in an orchestra for violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana. Instead, they chose the path of creating their own Indo-Western chamber ensemble, Karavika, to explore the sounds of Indian ragas and film songs, along with their original composition, “Sunrise," that blends two ...

Robben Ford: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Sunrise is aptly named, for this 1972 recording captures Robben Ford's stinging blues guitar at the dawn of his career. It contains the hallmarks of Ford's now long-familiar style: non-stop solos of brisk funk logic; clean and exquisitely formed lines; and a monster groove. There's also quite a bit of vocal work on this one: by ...

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Lois Dawson: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Jim Santella

Deep and heartfelt, Lois Dawson’s delivery draws on the blues, Gospel, and jazz to offer ballads that contain dramatic tales of life and love. Her flexible voice, in the lower alto range, enables Dawson to remain clear and accurate while expressing with a full range of emotions. It’s difficult to guess an artist’s main influences, but ...