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David Krakauer: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Il tema di questo album, come il titolo fa intendere, è la musica da film. Il materiale, ovviamente rimodulato in stile-Krakauer, proviene, in ordine di apparizione, da Cabaret di Bob Fosse (musica di John Kander), ovviamente La vita è bella di Benigni (e Piovani), Midnight in Paris, Radio Days e Amore e guerra di Woody Allen ...

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Jacob Karlzon: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Jack Huntley

There is a crisp lyricism to even the most penetrating tracks on Jacob Karlzon 3's The Big Picture that propels the music from the somber to the majestic with equal vitality. Karlzon's nuanced keyboards seamlessly move from spacious repeating themes to intense flurries of solos, all the while supported by Hans Andersson's nimble bass and Jonas ...

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Shapes: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Ted Kane

The Big Picture is the second album from pianist/vibraphonist Roger Burn's protean Shapes ensemble. Like their debut, 2003's The Last Farewell, this set features original compositions from not only Burn but also other members, including harmonica player Tollak Ollestad and guitarists Mike Higgins and Matthew Von Doran. This release is a two-CD affair, ...

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Shapes: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

From its debut recording in 2002, this sextet has morphed into a much larger ensemble, in varied configurations, for this two-disc offering. Although two of its original members, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, were not present for the making of this album, The Big Picture includes performances by Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip (associated with Yellowjackets), ...

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Shapes: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Jim Santella

Combining smooth jazz originals with classic standards, Shapes weave a collective web of familiar sounds that could easily describe your most recent nostalgic trip to the DVD rental store. Let by vibraphonist/pianist Roger Burn and harmonica player Tollak Ollestad, Shapes form their double CD into a program that easily recalls relaxed movie scenes in general.

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Shapes: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by John Kelman

As with the auspicious debut of The Last Farewell , Shapes continue to explore a breadth of styles on their sophomore effort, The Big Picture , still retaining a distinctive complexion that lends cohesiveness to the entire proceeding. That the group, led by Roger Burn, has shifted from being a six-person collective to a one-man operation ...

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Shapes: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's only February, and already the hot jazz CDs are in circulation. Typically, it's August or September before I hear an album that just blows me away. Within the first week of this month, I got a pair of two-disc sets that set a high standard that will be tough to beat. The first was the ...

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Shapes: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Big Picture listening experience had me thinking of the different styles of jazz sounds, from the wild and free end of the spectrum to the more structured funk/groove world. This offering, by Shapes--a vehicle for keyboardist/vibraphone man Roger Burn--has a definite Yellowjackets feel. Produced by bassist Jimmy Haslip of that esteemed ensemble, the sound here ...

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Rob Brown Quartet: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Rob Brown's Big Picture Quartet includes William Parker, Hamid Drake, and Roy Campbell, the band responsible for the sublime Raining on the Moon with Lena Conquest, recorded as the William Parker Quartet, as well as playing together in different configurations yielding some of the most vital and essential recordings of the last decade. In the grand ...