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Amina Figarova: Above the Clouds

Read "Above the Clouds" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Above the Clouds è un disco realizzato con cura e sapienza dalla musicista azera, compositrice tra le più originali del mainstream jazz contemporaneo. Al suo fianco, il marito Bert Platteau al flauto, con le sue raffinate note lunghe e trasognate, per ridare nuova linfa al vivace impianto post-bop di base. È un talento puro quello della Figarova nel dare ...

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Amina Figarova: Above the Clouds

Read "Above the Clouds" reviewed by J Hunter

On September Suite (Munich, 2005), Amina Figarova's inspiration was one of the biggest events this generation may ever know--the September 11th attacks, and their psychological aftermath. While Above the Clouds's subject matter is both smaller and lighter, Figarova again chooses a large medium and a multi-colored palate to illustrate her vision. And this is all to ...

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Amina Figarova: Above the Clouds

Read "Above the Clouds" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Amina Figarova--an Azerbaijan-born and now Rotterdam-based artist--boasts a graceful and erudite piano style, but her second instrument is her band. She composes and arranges adeptly for her “three horn front line and a rhythm section" ensemble on Above the Clouds, using the same instrumental make-up that she employed in her marvelous September Suite (Munich Records, 2005), ...

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Dave Glasser: Above The Clouds

Read "Above The Clouds" reviewed by Mike Neely

Alto saxophonist Dave Glasser may not be widely known in the world of jazz, but that will change in time. Above the Clouds provides all the evidence one would need to acknowledge that an important new voice is on the scene. This release is a quartet recording with a solid lineup of musicians, featuring Glasser on ...

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Dave Glasser: Above The Clouds

Read "Above The Clouds" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Per redarre le note di copertina, si è scomodato uno dei decani (Ira Gitler) della critica jazz statunitense, che le lodi di un disco non eccelso. Un debole elemento di distinzione di Dave Glasser risiede nel non uniformarsi al timbro parkeriano, per guardare soprattutto a Benny Carter e Johnny Hodges.

Varie e prestigiose sono le ...

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Greg Smith: Above the Clouds

Read "Above the Clouds" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Guitarist/composer/educator Greg Smith attempts an ambitious synthesis within adult contemporary jazz intended to jettison his jazz vision from the maudlin confines of what passes for “smooth jazz today. Smith is not satisfied with the cliché throbbing synthesizers and intellectually deprived virtuosity plaguing the majority of jazz ostensibly intended for greater crossover appeal. Smith's approach is successful ...

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Dave Glasser: Above The Clouds

Read "Above The Clouds" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Nat Hentoff, in his liner notes to Above The Clouds, doth protest too much in his discussion of jazz, with its supposed death in the States and its creative future in Europe, and then tying his categoric “No!" to icons such as Clark Terry and Jimmy Heath, and youngsters such as 13-year-old Grace Kelly.

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Dave Glasser: Above The Clouds

Read "Above The Clouds" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Altoist Dave Glasser continues to build his reputation with Above the Clouds, a well-realized album that's equally divided between Glasser originals and visits to the Great American Songbook. Glasser's group includes pianist Larry Ham and the veteran rhythm section of bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Carl Allen.

I had the pleasure of hearing Glasser (along with ...

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Greg Smith: Above The Clouds

Read "Above The Clouds" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

One of the oddities in musical categorization has been the establishment of the New Age and smooth jazz (aka contemporary jazz) genres. Although they originally represented very different branches of popular music, the distinction has continued to blur over the decades.

Originally, New Age music was established by musicians and entrepreneurs like Will Ackerman, ...

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Dave Glasser: Above The Clouds

Read "Above The Clouds" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Dave Glasser blows a sweet-sounding alto saxophone, and he swings hard and gets down into the blues on this quartet recording, which brings past alto masters Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter to mind. It's in the beautifully lyrical story telling of an alto horn in front of a fluid, subtle rhythm team.

Glasser has played ...