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Black Diamond: Mandala

Read "Mandala" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

It's easy to see how Chicago quartet Black Diamond fit right into the sax / sax / bass / drums tradition in jazz. In fact, with the intricate and energetic compositions, speedy and flawless solos, and evocative song titles this group's first album Mandala almost feels like a passing of the torch from the likes of ...

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Black Diamond: Mandala

Read "Mandala" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Chicago-based quartet projects a raw and vibrant soundstage, nicely balanced with breakneck speed unison lines and introspective dialogues, topped off by tenor saxophonists Artie Black and Hunter Diamond's hearty choruses. They dig deep, yet on burners like the swiftly executed bop piece “Rudy's Mood," they dish out briskly executed unison lines, leading to hyper-mode frameworks, ...

Oleg Kireyev: Mandala

Read "Mandala" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Saxophonist Oleg Kireyev's Mandala is a most interesting release. At a mere three minutes and thirty-six seconds, the title track alone is an audible sonic feast with everything from thrash rock guitar, electronics, a Russian dance theme, and primal chants to Indian tabla percussion, all packed into a strong groove momentum.

Kireyev's background of ...

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Joel Miller: Mandala

Read "Mandala" reviewed by John Kelman

Psychology icon Carl Jung believed that the Buddhist Mandala--a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side--was representative of the “nuclear atom" of the human psyche, the unknown essence of the soul. Ever-pervasive in dreams, children's drawings and more, he felt this simple representation depicted humanity's way of forming a harmonious relationship with the ...

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Joel Miller: Mandala

Read "Mandala" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Canadian saxophonist Joel Miller experienced an epiphany in 2002 that affected his musical direction. The title of this album dates back to Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, and has been used in a number of ways including, in this case, achieving wholeness and forming a harmonious relationship with one's self. Coincident to this important change, ...