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Lorena Favot: Landscapes

Read "Landscapes" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il nuovo disco di Lorena Favot conferma le brillanti doti della cantante friulana, a suo agio tanto nel vocalizzare e improvvisare in scat quanto nel calarsi in ruoli più tradizionali. A questo aggiunge un significativo apporto come autrice in sette delle dieci composizioni dell'album. Con timbro nitido, puntualità d'intonazione e gusto interpretativo, Lorena spazia dalla canzone ...


Frank Macchia: Landscapes

Read "Landscapes" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Tenor saxophonist/composer/arranger Frank Macchia has made a significant album that follows-up his Grammy-nominated Emotions (Cacophony, 2006). Again utilizing the strings of the Prague Orchestra under the direction of Adam Klemens, Macchia has submitted another ambitious work to the public. Listening to Landscapes, the two things that come to mind are film scoring and the ...


Frank Macchia: Landscapes

Read "Landscapes" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The prospect of a saxophone and strings record is likely to call to mind Charlie Parker's controversial Bird With Strings (Mercury, 1949), but that's not the obvious reference point once you've listened to this recording. Saxophonist Frank Macchia's Landscapes is a saxophone concerto for classical orchestra, framed by treatments of classic American songs in the same ...


Frank Macchia with The Prague Orchestra: Landscapes

Read "Landscapes" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Listening to the opening notes on Frank Macchia's Landscapes, one can't help but hear a Stan Getz vibe blowing into play. It's not the Getz of the bossa nova sounds with Antonio Carlos Jobim, or his boppish mainstream work, but rather the Stan Getz of Focus (Verve Records, 1961), with the tenor saxophonist improvising over a ...


Frank Macchia with The Prague Orchestra: Landscapes

Read "Landscapes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A follow-up to composer/arranger/saxophonist Frank Macchia's critically acclaimed Emotions (Cacophony, 2006), which received a Grammy nomination for “Best Arrangement ("Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair ), Landscapes is the second part of an extended session of symphonic music cleverly diced with strong jazzy overtones. As with the first album, Macchia employs the string-laden ...


The Jan Lundgren Trio: Landscapes

Read "Landscapes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On Landscapes, the brilliant young pianist Jan Lundgren takes a break from the usual jazz and popular standards to survey and accentuate the music of his native Sweden, and what one notices almost immediately is that there is no perceptible decline in quality, melodically, rhythmically or harmonically. In other words, these are quite lovely songs; unfamiliar, ...


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