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Cigalini Tessarollo Dalla Porta Roche Quartet: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

A ricordarci il valore professionale di quattro musicisti come Mattia Cigalini, Luigi Tessarollo, Paolino Dalla Porta e il batterista Manhu Roche ci pensa l'Abeat Records. L'etichetta italiana--tra le più prolifere negli ultimi anni nel fotografare il panorama italiano del jazz--ci consegna Initiation, un CD che incarna pienamente i valori mainstream e concede all'ascoltatore il piacere di ...

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The Michael Blum Quartet: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Presenting an equal balance of originals and familiar jazz standards in stylish fashion, the very appealing Initiation is the inaugural album from Hanover, NH--based Michael Blum and his vibrant quartet. Blum is a twenty-year old guitarist and student at Dartmouth College with a passion for jazz. His interest in jazz as a serious pursuit, drew him ...

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Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Long Ago Today (Artists Recording Collective, 2008), pianist Sumi Tonooka's previous release, generated two immediate reactions. First, it seemed astonishing that so singular, strong and distinctive a player could have been flying beneath the radar for so long. Second, the rhythm section--Tonooka, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Bob Braye--played with an unusual empathy that held the ...

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Erica Lindsay - Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

In questo disco il quartetto della sassofonista Erica Lindsay si muove nell'ambito del più classico modern mainstream, dando particolare valore agli aspetti di sensibilità melodica ed eleganza timbrica. La collaborazione tra lei e la pianista Sumi Tomooka esiste da oltre un decennio ma questo lavoro è il primo registrato in studio e s'avvale della collaborazione del grande Rufus Reid ...

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Erica Lindsay and Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay and pianist Sumi Tonooka began working together at a jazz club in Albany, New York. Their combined creativity brings something out in each other, leading them to Initiations.

Lindsay and Tonooka have been playing together since 1994, but Initiations is their first studio collaboration. They're accompanied by bassist Rufus ...

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Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The naked emotion of Initiation can be so heartfelt at times that the urge to block out all external sound and focus solely on the music that issues out of the speakers is often overwhelming. Tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay and pianist Sumi Tonooka have made a journey here that has taken them right to the center ...

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Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While the discography of saxophonist Erica Lindsay is yet relatively modest, she still plays with the knowledge and authority of a seasoned musician. Initiation sees her teaming up with an old acquaintance, pianist Sumi Tonooka, and together they make a profoundly swinging and poetic music whose life-affirming quality it is hard to deny.

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Erica Lindsay / Sumi Tonooka: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Sumi Tonooka and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay are the leaders on Initiation, having contributed five compositions each. It's the chemistry and the collective organic spontaneity of the whole quartet, however, that moves the sound into the level of top-tier excellence. Bassist Rufus Reid constructs solid, big-sound foundations, and drummer Bob Braye --who, sadly, passed away ...

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Anatholi Bulkin: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Anatholi Bulkin is a 33-year-old Swedish guitarist who has obviously dissected the work of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, and other fusion guitar giants. While he's clearly influenced by his fusion forebears, Bulkin is an impressive player in his own right who's just beginning to forge an individual style.

Trio albums force young jazzers ...

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Anatholi Bulkin: Initiation

Read "Initiation" reviewed by Douglas Payne



33-year-old Swedish guitarist Anatholi Bulkin divides his time and talents between a jazz power trio, two different nine-piece groups and world music exploits of the often African variety. In his travels, he's received ringing endorsements from jazz folk like Ron McClure, Dave Liebman and Harvie Swartz. On Initiation, apparently his solo debut, Bulkin states ...