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Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Le note biografiche ci raccontano che Eri Yamamoto a tre anni suonava musica classica al pianoforte, a otto anni componeva brani, successivamente arricchiva il proprio curriculum con lo studio della viola, della voce e della composizione. Un vero e proprio enfant prodige che durante il primo viaggio negli Stati Uniti assiste casualmente ad una esibizione di ...

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Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Tourist guides to jazz in New York often recommend the same venues like The Village Vanguard, Birdland and Blue Note, but there is a place known by true connoisseurs that should be the point of destination for everyone wanting to experience a real working trio with one of the most interesting pianists in contemporary jazz.

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David "Fathead" Newman: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Even after decades in the music business, it's clear that David “Fathead Newman still has many, many notes left to play. Toward that end Life is a handful of chestnuts on which he displays his formidable triple-threat skills on tenor sax, alto sax and flute.

Newman's sultry tenor on “Girl Talk speaks volumes with ...

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David "Fathead" Newman: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by Erik R. Quick

Even the most intrepid and adventuresome listener, seeking revolution at the turn of every phrase, may eventually return to the familiar. A new release by saxophonist David “Fathead Newman is to be anticipated and celebrated for the sheer exuberance in the joy of playing beautifully. His tone, nurtured for fifty years and throughout forty albums as ...

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Doug Ellington & New Urban Groove: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Trumpeter Doug Ellington's new release conveys some interesting ideas with generally solid musicianship. As they are described in the liner notes, some of Ellington's notions are overly clever and border on pretentious, but all in all this is a very enjoyable effort.

The opening “Xenophobia begins with a vibrant bass vamp that soon supports a bustling ...

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Doug Ellington & the New Urban Groove: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The musical bar is set pretty high when the artist's last name is Ellington. Trumpeter/composer Doug Ellington is, for the record, Duke Ellington's grand nephew; and with music pulsing through his bloodstream, Life, with his band the New Urban Groove, gets deep into jazz improvisation, and also deep into the groove.

The ensemble thrives on ...

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Stephan Micus: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by AAJ Staff

German composer Stephan Micus has spent decades traveling the world in search of new music, as much figuratively as literally, and the results of his very serious globe-trotting experiences have been documented on sixteen ECM albums, the latest being Life. He brings together a large collection of instruments from Africa, Asia, and Europe for this particular ...

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Stephan Micus: Life

Read "Life" reviewed by John Kelman

Over a thirty-year career, multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus has created his own world, one based on a life of constant study of diverse culture, religion, musical instruments and form. Each of the sixteen albums he has recorded to date has incorporated newly acquired instruments from places as far abroad as Armenia, Bali and Tibet. Micus records his ...