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Lionel Loueke: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The Journey finds Benin's guitar prodigy Lionel Loueke in a stripped-back setting, often painting gentle sound-sketches using only his voice and a guitar. In place of his long-standing trio, comprised of drummer Ferenc Nemeth and double bassist Massimo Biolcati, Loueke has assembled a divers array of guest musicians for subtle accompaniment when needed. The fifteen songs ...

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The Baylor Project: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by James Nadal

The African proverb, “The spirit will not descend without song," is intrinsically intertwined within the African- American religious experience, and is a revered aphorism encompassing the music of Black America, in its many forms and variations. Jean (vocalist) and Marcus (drummer) Baylor, known collectively as The Baylor Project, have deep roots in the church, and on ...

Charles McPherson: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One of the original bebop artists of our time, alto saxophonist Charles McPherson adds to his legacy and marches through a selection of timely bop-infused material on The Journey, demonstrating his mastery of the idiom by transforming jazz classics into fresh-sounding bop tunes with a blend of originals rolled into one exciting package. Long associated with ...

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Charles McPherson: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Robert Bush

Alto saxophone legend Charles McPherson has few living peers, but even at the age of 75, he shows no signs of slowing down, a premise well documented with the release of The Journey, his latest recording on the Capri label.

Blistering post-bop remains McPherson's signature, but there is also a modernist streak ...

Dan Moretti & Piccola Orchestra La Viola: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La Piccola Orchestra La Viola è un ensemble “povero," perlopiù composto da organetti che coronano la voce di Antonella Costanzo, sostenuti da un basso elettrico e delle percussioni. Il tutto diretto da Alessandro Parente, per mettere in scena solitamente una elegante world music che pesca nella tradizione per guardare al presente e al futuro. In questo lavoro il gruppo ...

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Heinz Sauer: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Album celebrativo, se così si può dire, degli oltre quarant'anni di attività di Heinz Sauer, splendido sassofonista, nonché uno di punti di riferimento del jazz tedesco. Scorrere cronologicamente il suo percorso musicale significa per molti versi analizzare anche le evoluzioni ed involuzioni del jazz teutonico degli ultimi decenni. Anche perché (e non potrebbe essere altrimenti), in questo album troviamo ...

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Heinz Sauer: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazz may be marginalized but, despite that unfortunate reality, it's still nearly impossible to keep up with the multitude of artists deserving attention--even when one of them is German saxophonist Heinz Sauer, a fixture on the German scene for over half a century. ECM fans may know his work on George Adams' Sound Suggestions (1979) and ...

The Moreira Project: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

It's not easy to deliver an infectious groove without repeating sounds that have been heard so much they have become cliche. However, when said groove is melded with a variety of cultural influences, competent musicianship on every instrument and a sense of adventure, you've got something special--like The Journey, an hour and 18 minutes of musical ...

Linda Presgrave: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

When Linda Presgrave toured with members of the International Women in Jazz ensemble a few years ago, the experience inspired her to explore and highlight works by female jazz musicians. The Journey is the result of that inspiration, a multifaceted work that not only honors the contributions that women have made to the idiom, but also ...

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Martin Speake: The Journey

Read "The Journey" reviewed by John Kelman

Alto saxophonist Martin Speake continues to be an all too well-kept secret in the UK. With a discography that has ranged from the more free-flowing extemporization of The Ta T'ien to the intimate Amazing Grace , from the world music view of Fever Pitch to a unique take on Exploring Standards , Speake's career has been ...