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Content by tag "Balance"

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Joe Morris Quartet: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

After several albums and great synergy, guitarist Joe Morris disbanded the quartet in 2000 with many of his associates stating it was a “terrible idea." For this reunion, the musicians' artistic evolution surges on via a conglomeration of diminutive and soaring theme-building episodes, asymmetrical footprints, and staggered detours, instilling a continual sense of anticipation.

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Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Virtuoso bassist and superlative bandleader Mimi Jones' (AKA Miriam Sullivan) Balance is a delightful album filled with 79 minutes of engaging music. Despite the title, however, it is an unevenly structured work.

The edgy, dramatic “The Incy Wincy Spider" for instance completely deconstructs the children's rhyme into an intriguing, darkly hued and haunting piece. ...

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Mimi Jones: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

NYC-native bassist-raconteur Mimi Jones founded Hot Tone records in 2009, releasing her debut, A New Day. Jones states the label ..."was created to give chances to those who may have been overlooked and denied the necessary support and knowledge to develop." Specifically, and appropriately, the focus of the label has evolved as a resource for women ...

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Will Sellenraad: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Balance è l'album della piana maturità artistica, che consacra Sellenraaad quale chitarrista di punta della scena jazz statunitense. Sebbene allievo di John Abercrombrie e Jim Hall, egli sembra più vicino allo stile del miglior Kevin Eubanks, con cui condivide drive e approccio compositivo. Nove le tracce illuminate dalle linee fluide e lineari del leader, ottimo solista ma anche dispensatore ...

Will Sellenraad: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Greg Camphire

Balance is the third album as leader for up-and-coming guitarist Will Sellenraad, capturing a day's session of his seasoned working band laying down first or second studio takes of their current repertoire. The six-stringer has a classic tone reminiscent of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, and it serves him well on this set of mostly his ...

Will Sellenraad: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by J Hunter

Will Sellenraad grew up in a place and time many people dream of: New York City's downtown scene of the '60s and '70s, when music and art were both in a state of quicksilver flux. Given that his parents (prominent New York artists themselves) named their son after modern-art pioneers William de Kooning and Piet Mondrian, ...

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Greg Ruggiero: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

With Balance, guitarist Greg Ruggiero makes it clear that he is an artist with something to say, both through his instrument and his writing. This is not to imply that the music is a template for showy pyrotechnics, but rather a display of subtle technique and thoughtful composition. His pieces have the dynamic feel and grace ...

Greg Ruggiero: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L’inizio è deludente, perché “Answer“, il primo brano di Balance, è un concentrato di luoghi comuni del credo jazzistico. Se i nuovi talenti, come recita l’etichetta catalana, si limitano a replicare linguaggi, atmosfere, architetture, sonorità che hanno già vissuto il loro periodo d’oro, c’è poco da essere allegri sul futuro della musica improvvisata. Poi, fortunatamente, qualcosa cambia. Le sonorità ...

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Yotam Rosenbaum: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Jim Santella

The title says it all. Life needs its balance, and drummer Yotam Rosenbaum ensures that his musical program of chamber jazz reaches out in several directions to create a lovely landscape. With a classical music feeling floating all around the room, the sounds of piano, violin and vibraphone predominate here. Meanwhile, acoustic bass and drums provide ...

Marc Mommaas/Nikolaj Hess: Balance

Read "Balance" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Any kind of duet, whether jazz, classical or rock, presents its own particular set of challenges. It's paramount that the playrs involved come equipped with some kind of simpatico, or build it up quickly. Tenor player Marc Mommaas and pianist Nikolaj Hess tackle this task on Balance.

“Funny Bones Jones begins slowly, then ...


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