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Greta Matassa: Portrait

Read "Portrait" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Greta Matassa has made choices in her career that have sacrificed some visibility in exchange for lifestyle. Yet the Seattle based vocal artist has established herself firmly as one of America's finest singers, and one of the best that jazz has to offer in the new century. To this point, the jazz public at large had ...

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Tal Arditi

Tal Arditi (born in 1998) Guitarist and composer from Israel. Recognised as a young guitar prodigy , Tal started to study in the prestige ”Jazz institute” program, by ”Rimon Music University” when he was only 16. in the age of 18, he graduated from ”Rimon” sucsessfully with a Jazz Diploma, and decided to move to Berlin. In Berlin he quickly became one of the most wanted players in the local and international Jazz scene, and started to play regularly in clubs and festivals all over Europe. In 2017 he was a finalist in ”Conad Jazz Competition” and preformed in ”Umbria Jazz Festival” With his one trio. In June 2018 , Tal has been chosen to participate in the prestige jazz programme ”Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” in Washington DC. in February 2018, Tal recorded his debut album ”Portrait”, live at ”A-Trane” jazz club, together with Andreas Lang on Bass and Tobias Backhuse on Drums. The idea behind the name ”Portrait” is, That the concert in ”A-Trane” was a portrait of Tal’s life until that point

Time And Tide (2 Cd Deluxe Edition)

Label: Portrait
Released: 2013

Portrait

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Track listing: Lord I Lift Your Name On High; Go Down Moses/Wade in the Water; Manasseh; Trylenera (part 1); Someday We'll All Be Free; 1750 Washington St.; God Bless the Child; Trylenera (part 2); We Shall Overcome.

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Melvin Smith: Portrait

Read "Portrait" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

There is nothing newfangled here, but if mainstream bebop jazz saxophone is to your interests, then you will give this debut high marks. Melvin Smith is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Armed with a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, he was also honored there with the Lennie Johnson Award after graduation. Smith ...

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Melvin Smith: Portrait

Read "Portrait" reviewed by John Barron

Using gospel elements in a jazz context can be a hit-or-miss proposition. Depending on the background and integrity of the musicians involved, the results can often be trite, or shamelessly bent towards commercialism. Upon hearing Portrait it's obvious that saxophonist/composer Melvin Smith is equally adept in both genres. Smith is able to successfully blur the lines ...

Portrait

Label: Screwgun Records
Released: 2002

Portrait

Label: Pacific Jazz Records
Released: 2002

Portrait

Label: Sony Records
Released: 2002

Portrait

Label: Space Time Records
Released: 2002


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