Content by tag "Roots"

Wendy Waller

Wendy Waller’s unique and creative approach to melody and lyric embodies the vast rich landscape of American Roots Music. She tells her story with her dynamic multi-ranged voice. There is no compromise with Wendy. She is unyielding in her quest to take the listener on a musical journey. Every performance is a new and provocative experience. Born into an artistic family of musicians, painters, and writers, Wendy spent her young years cultivating her multiple abilities, singing, acting and dancing in musical theater. As a multi-instrumentalist Wendy studied piano, guitar, french horn, trumpet, trombone and flugelhorn

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Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Chosen as one of 2015's “Rising Stars" in Downbeat magazine's critics poll, violinist Tomoko Omura's Roots is evidence that some of the most alluring music is that which combines disparate locales and cultures. The artistic fusion of songs from her homeland in Japan with verdant progressive jazz is presented by Omura and her top flight group ...

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Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The roots of the title of violinist Tomoko Omura's second CD as leader refer to traditional and popular melodies familiar to several generations of Japanese. But if the melodies of Omura's childhood have left an indelible stamp on her musical DNA, so too has the past decade spent in America absorbing the roots of jazz. It's ...

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Tomoko Omura: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Japanese violinist Tomoko Omura may be ten years into a stay in the United States, but Roots clearly demonstrates that she hasn't forgotten or forsaken her homeland.

Omura left Japan and relocated to the United States in 2004, eager and ready to study at Boston's Berklee College of Music. Shortly after graduating in ...

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David Redmond: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il sodalizio tra David Redmond, Jason Rigby, Bill Carrothers e Kevin Brady dura da alcuni anni. Accade spesso che nei dischi firmati da uno dei componenti del quartetto, gli altri tre compaiano come sidemen. In questo caso è il bassista David Redmond ad assumere le vesti del leader ed a far uscire, per Fresh Sound/New Talent, ...

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David Redmond: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Irish bassist David Redmond is nothing if not versatile, playing in the thrilling World music outfit Yurodny and in the small jazz combos of pianist Phil Ware, drummer Kevin Brady and veteran guitarists Tommy Hafferty and Louis Stewart. Belfast's Soulman Van Morrison has also called upon Redmond's services. Across the pond, to use Irish parlance, Redmond's ...

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Michele Giuliani / Reunion Platz: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Achille Brunazzi

With Roots, the young and talented Italian pianist/composer Michele Giuliani leads a new wave of African jazz, achieving an innovative approach to world music.

Giuliani's ensemble magnificently joins different styles and musical cultures together. Africa remains the main source of inspiration, but folk, jazz and blues highlight the group's presence on the beautiful “'Till the End ...

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Sean Jones: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Jim Santella

With his inspired quintet, trumpeter Sean Jones goes back to his roots on this album, interpreting original music and the standard repertoire, focusing on gospel. His gorgeous trumpet tone and down-home technique are the centerpiece of the album, as they were on his previous two releases. Jones likes to express himself from a traditional point of ...

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Cedar Walton (Astor Place: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Roots. Cedar Walton is a treasure with an uncanny sense for composition, arrangement, and performance. His most recent recording Roots readily bears this out. His music is layered, as is his band. The liner notes introduce the band members first as Walton’s trio, the rhythm engine driving his machine. Next are introduced “Added Front Line Instruments”. ...