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Michael Janisch: Purpose Built

Read "Purpose Built" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A relative newcomer on the international jazz scene, Michael Janisch is an American bassist currently living in London and making his debut recording with the very impressive Purpose Built, a potent selection of eight original composition and four familiar jazz standards. Janisch offers a diverse repertoire of melody-rich, sophisticated charts in a musical palette of essentially ...

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Michael Janisch: Purpose Built

Read "Purpose Built" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The first notes of Purpose Built's opening track draw attention, setting up a pleasurable jaunt into the world of Michael Janisch on this 30 year-old bassist's debut as a bandleader.

Born in the United States and now residing in London, England, Janisch is skilled at both the acoustic and the electric bass. He has ...

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Michael Janisch: Purpose Built

Read "Purpose Built" reviewed by J Hunter

At a glance, Purpose Built, bassist Michael Janisch's debut as a leader, looks like a big-band session. The roster on the back of the CD case is not just stocked with notables, it's a long list of notables. As such, it would make sense to imagine this group arranged on risers, pinning the studio's needles as ...

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Michael Janisch: Purpose Built

Read "Purpose Built" reviewed by Chris May

Since moving to Britain from the US in 2005, bassist Michael Janisch has put much of his energy into collaborative projects involving musicians from the two countries. It's hardly a radical idea, but it's as good a shtick as any with which to carve a profile, and along with his prodigious instrumental talents, Janisch is an ...