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Charles Lloyd Quartet: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Charles Lloyd è musicista che non deve dimostrare nulla a nessuno. Sta attraversando le vicende della musica afroamericana da più di cinquant'anni tra momenti di grande forza creativa e fasi più rilassate e convenzionali. E vanta diversi meriti tra cui quello di aver portato per primo in tournè in Europa un giovanissimo Keith Jarrett e di essere stato ...

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Charles Lloyd: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Charles Lloyd's Mirror is an intensely personal almost autobiographical work. This is apparent from the opener, a deconstructing of the standard “I Fall in Love Too Easily," where the saxophonist's urgent and pleading tone accurately conveys the feeling of unrequited love. The first track bleeds into the next, the traditional gospel tune “Go Down Moses," rearranged ...

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Charles Lloyd Quartet: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes the trust in knowing can yield more than the excitement of uncharted territory. Charles Lloyd ratchets down the energy from Rabo De Nube (ECM, 2008), one of the most exciting, free-wheeling albums and new groups of the saxophonist's half century career. Relying on the quartet's increasingly profound chemistry--and mostly recycled material rather than Rabo's largely ...

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Jacky Terrasson: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by Doug Collette

In a tenure with the vaunted Blue Note label that has produced ten full-length CDs in a variety of settings and production styles, Jacky Terrasson has never recorded a solo piano album. After a hiatus of sorts, the pianist/composer /bandleader has completed that project, though not without some self-admitted soul- searching, creative and otherwise. The wait, ...

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Jacky Terrasson: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by J Hunter

Jacky Terrasson's claim that he hadn't recorded a solo-piano disc before because he “wasn't ready to take it on is mind boggling, since he has excelled at everything he's attempted: Berklee School of Music, the Monk Competition, his first pro gig as Betty Carter's pianist, and his collaborations with heavy hitters like Cassandra Wilson and Stefon ...

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Jacky Terrasson: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Pianist Jacky Terrasson has been on a recording hiatus since his 2003 set Smile (Blue Note), but he's back and swinging with this, his first solo outing, revealingly rich in tempos and colors. Terrasson has an ample supply of virile dynamics that can skillfully dip and slide into all sorts of places and moods. It happens ...

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Jacky Terrasson: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you had to write a headline for the career of Jacky Terrasson it might be “from brash to brilliant." The forty-something pianist took the jazz world by storm, winning the Thelonious Monk piano competition in 1993 only to make some impetuous records that wowed you with his talent. But they didn't register high with their ...

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Jacky Terrasson: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Solo piano is a risky business: if the pianist hasn't got the stuff, there's absolutely nothing to hide behind. It's not enough to noodle aimlessly, pretending that every note is profound, or to fill the air with thunderous pounding that's more noise than brilliance. There should be real substance: thoughtfulness in both the choice of material ...

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Miles Okazaki: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For many people, jazz represents in music the fulcrum of the scale that balances the attraction between body and mind. This continuum allows for a “big tent" approach, whereby one can find a place that is comfortable and expand out if one desires.

Mirror, guitarist Miles Okazaki's self-produced debut release, has all the ...

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Miles Okazaki: Mirror

Read "Mirror" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes artists' most obvious credentials say little about who they really are. Guitarist Miles Okazaki has been singer Jane Monheit's guitarist since 2002, but anyone who expects Mirror to reflect a similarly standards-heavy inclination will be seriously surprised. Whether or not in a good way depends on one's own predilections, but for those wanting greater breadth ...