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Yuhan Su: City Animals

Read "City Animals" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo aver pubblicato due dischi con l'etichetta Inner Circle Music di Greg Osby (Flying Alone, 2013 e A Room of One's Own, 2015) la giovane vibrafonista taiwanese presenta un lavoro ancor più interessante a capo del suo quintetto con Matt Holman alla tromba, Alex LoRe al sax contralto, Petros Klampanis al contrabbasso e Nathan Ellman-Bell alla ...

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Matt Holman: The Tenth Muse

Read "The Tenth Muse" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

New York City-based trumpeter and composer Matt Holman cut his teeth performing and recording with distinguished musicians such as Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society before displaying his personal aesthetic of atmospheric chamber jazz with his debut album When Flooded in 2013. More recently, Holman found inspiration scouring the annals of history, ...

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Yuhan Su: A Room of One's Own

Read "A Room of One's Own" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Continuity and progress are the watchwords for A Room of One's Own (Inner Circle Music, 2015), Yuhan Su's follow-up to Flying Alone (Inner Circle Music, 2013), her impressive debut for Greg Osby's label. New York-based Taiwanese vibraphonist Su's debut announced a melodic composer of nuance and sensitivity and a soloist of some style. A Room of ...

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Yuhan Su: A Room of One's Own

Read "A Room of One's Own" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Vibraphonist/composer Yuhan Su says she wrote most of the songs on her second album in tiny piano practice rooms where she spent a great deal of time teaching. That's one part of the meaning of the album title. A Room of One's Own also refers to the Virginia Woolf essay of the same name, which explores ...

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Christopher Zuar Orchestra: Musings

Read "Musings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a composer / arranger who hasn't yet turned thirty can enlist the caliber of musicians who are present and accounted for on Musings, the inescapable assumption is that something special is afoot. Upon listening, that appraisal proves to be quite accurate, as young Christopher Zuar (twenty-seven when this debut album was recorded) presents seven of ...

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Yuhan Su: A Room of One's Own

Read "A Room of One's Own" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Vibraphonist and composer Yuhan Su's second release as a leader A Room Of One's Own is an intensely impressionistic work that captivates with its creative energy. Compared to her enchanting debut, Flying Alone (Inner Circle, 2012), the current album is more cohesive with the eleven tracks intricately interlinked. If her first was a series of charming ...

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Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II

Read "Humanity Part II" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Humanity Part II, the oracular title of bassist Robert Sabin's new album, may summon images of a Mel Brooks parody (Part I must have slipped past us), the music itself is decidedly serious. In the liner notes, wherein he references Albert Camus, Ennio Morricone, John Carpenter, Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Ravel and Dario Argento, Sabin makes ...

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Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II

Read "Humanity Part II" reviewed by Troy Collins

Robert Sabin has a dark side. Although the New York-based bassist regularly serves as a sideman to such luminaries as Oliver Lake and Luis Bonilla, Sabin has revealed an abiding fascination with horror throughout his career, as documented on his 2005 Ranula Music debut Killdozer, based on Marvin Heemeyer's infamous armored bulldozer rampage in Colorado the ...

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Basak Yavuz, David Liebman, Peter Eldridge: Things...

Read "Things..." reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Una giovane professionista turca -architetto di successo--appassionata di Norma Winstone ed Helen Merrill, va negli stati Uniti, si diploma alla Manhattan School Of Music e conquista la stima dei suoi docenti che accettano di sostenerla nel debutto discografico.
Questa è, in breve, la genesi del disco di Basak Yavuz, un'originale vocalist e autrice che ...

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Sketches: Volume 2

Read "Volume 2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Same musicians, same winning concept, great new songs: that's what awaits on the second volume of music from the quintet collective known as Sketches.

This Brooklyn-based outfit works a unique angle with its own brand of cross-pollinated composition, whereby one musician brings in a tidbit of music that serves as the seed for ...