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Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the second album by Australian vocalist Tom Barton, the first being Aspirations (2014) and is an entirely improvised affair. On Connections Barton shares the credits with fellow countryman Diego Villalta on guitar and was recorded at Studio Osaka Recording, Osaka, Japan, whilst the pair were on tour in early 2015.

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Luca Rampini: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Luca Rampini è un giovane sassofonista al debutto con un disco piuttosto eclettico, in cui più che alla ricerca di una tecnica strumentale fuori dall'ordinario sembra interessato allo sviluppo di idee compositive realizzate con gruppi di varia configurazione. C'è il classico quartetto jazz con uno swingante Massimo Pintori alla batteria ("Valse Rouge") oppure il settetto con lo stesso gruppo insieme alla chitarra ...

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Luca Rampinini: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Connections è l'album d'esordio di Luca Rampinini, sassofonista che ha realizzato questo progetto con il contributo di una nutrita serie di musicisti ospiti. La scaletta presenta brani originali e alcune riletture, come lo standard conclusivo “My Favourite Things," in cui il leader sceglie di elaborare la melodia rimanendo fedele ai tratti distintivi di quella originale; mentre in ...

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Jon Crowley Quintet: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

In what might be the most perfectly titled CD of recent memory, Connections is a fine effort by talented trumpeter/ composer Jon Crowley and his exciting group. While Crowley might not be a household name just yet, this release announces, anoints and validates him as a fine jazz performer, writer and leader.

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Jon Crowley Quintet: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

On the evidence of its debut, Connections, the New York-based Jon Crowley Quintet has huge potential. The ten tracks, all composed by leader and trumpeter Crowley, are immediately accessible but have sufficient depth and complexity to reward repeated listening. The band's technical ability is uniformly strong, but technique never takes precedence over an emotional connection with ...

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Matt Belzer: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Connections, featuring seven tunes from the pen of composer/reedman Matt Belzer, opens on a jazz/rock groove--in front of some cool and gorgeous and very unrock-like sax/clarinet harmonies. On a flow of gentle propulsion, “Deep Focus" immediately engages the listener while delving into deeper musical layerings. It's an excellent and approachable introduction to Belzer's original concepts.

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Helga Plankensteiner-Walter Civettini Quintet: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Paul Olson

Good chemistry, excellent musicianship. That's all a jazz group needs, right?

Well, maybe not. The Italy-based Helga Plankensteiner-Walter Civettini Quintet--composed of Plankensteiner on alto and baritone sax, Civettini on trumpet and flugelhorn, Michael Lösch on piano and Hammond, Beppe Pilotto on bass, and Enrico Tommasini on drums--has excellent chemistry. The rhythm section's got a seamless ...

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Bruce A. Henry: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Back in this fan's formative listening years, the record racks had a section that carried the label “Rhythm & Blues." There you'd find everything from early Motown--Smoky Robinson and the Marvelettes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Marvin and Tammi, the Temptations and the Supremes; and from other labels specializing in “soul sounds": Gene McDaniels, Wilson Pickett, ...