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Joris Teepe: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Don Braden appartiene a quella schiera di sassofonisti emersi tra gli anni ottanta e novanta sull'onda di un neo bop caratterizzato da forti legami coi maestri degli anni cinquanta e sessanta (Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter) e relazioni col modello Blue Note.

In un quarto di secolo ha espresso al ...

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Joris Teepe & Don Braden: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In life we tend to make hard distinctions between the value of conversation and the worth of action, crystalizing such a dividing line with statements like “talk is cheap" and “actions speak louder than words." Jazz, however, has a way of relating the two. When musicians get together to play, the talk is the action. Every ...

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Steve Olson: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Non più di primissimo pelo, il batterista Steve Olson firma il proprio esordio discografico in prima persona dedicandolo al duetto con partner differenti (in totale sei). Non essendo troppo spinto l'acceleratore sui contrasti dinamici, all'interno del singolo brano ma tutto sommato anche nel totale (prevale una sostanziale pacatezza), è praticamente fisiologico che sia l'aspetto timbrico a ...

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Steve Olson: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For his first recording as a leader, drummer/percussionist Steve Olson asked six of his friends to engage in completely unrehearsed and improvised duo “conversations."

Olson states in the notes that in his opinion, “the best music has an element of dialogue in it, both between the musicians, and between the players and the listener ...

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Juhani Aaltonen / Heikki Sarmanto: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The splendid music on Conversations is as close to the celebration of Impressionism in modern music as possible. It is true that saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen and pianist Heikki Sarmanto create epic narratives here, and also true that both act as characters in those narratives. Of greater significance, however, is the extraordinary emotion of these musical stories, ...

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Juhani Aaltonen - Heikki Sarmanto: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È recente le ristampa da parte dell'ECM di alcune incisioni del periodo 1975-1978 del contrabbassista Arild Andersen in cui l'allora giovane sassofonista finlandese Juhani Aaltonen metteva in evidenza tutto il suo valore. Una carriera la sua che si æ per lo più svolta in patria o in Scandinavia, fra orchestre e combo, ovunque ci fosse un ...

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Juhani Aaltonen & Heikki Sarmanto: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen and pianist Heikki Sarmanto are two icons of the Finnish jazz scene. Collaborating constantly for almost fifty years in myriad outfits and formats, despite many moves in their busy musical careers, they have never recorded as a duo. These two “incurable romantics," as Aaltonen defines it, use this opportunity to record an album ...

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Juhani Aaltonen and Heikki Sarmanto: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Many musicians from other countries come to the United States to study their art and then remain to build careers. Others, like saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen and pianist Heikki Sarmanto, both from Finland, attended programs in the US--in both cases at Boston's Berklee College--and then returned home to perform and record.

With a history of five ...

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Jim Hall - Joey Baron: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Magnifici gli 80 anni di Jim Hall, indomito nel proporre musiche audaci, lontane dai clichè. In Conversations coinvolge l'amico e partner Joey Baron per un'esplorazione assai sofisticata della formula corde e percussioni. Chi frequenta la musica di Hall sa che il chitarrista predilige i toni sfuggenti, allusivi, rifiutando a priori l'enfasi e i toni declamatori. Anche a costo di apparire talvolta distaccato, privo ...

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Jim Hall & Joey Baron: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The art of the duo is nothing new to guitar legend Jim Hall. His one-on-one encounters with bassist Ron Carter have been wowing jazz fans for decades. More recent mano a mano musical encounters with equally sublime artists, like pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and guitarist Bill Frisell, have produced works that challenge but, ultimately, remain largely listenable. ...