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Satoko Fujii / Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Satoko Fujii's duo recordings are among her most interesting projects. Those one-on-one situations bring out creative energy in the improviser that becomes perpetual movement between musicians. The shape-shifting artist has worked this magic with Australian pianist Alister Spence, bassist Joe Fonda, violinists Mark Feldman and Carla Kihlstedt, and Fujii's husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura. Similarly, Fujii's work ...

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Satoko Fujii/Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Satoko Fujii has collected a lot of musical soul mates over her twenty-plus year, eighty-plus album career: pianist Paul Bley, her early mentor; trumpeter (and husband) Natsuki Tamura; electronics wizard/keyboardfisit Alister Spence, to name a few notables. All three have teamed with Fujii for at least one extraordinary duo album apiece, showcasing deep connections and ...

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Dave Phillips & Freedance: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Californiano che ha girato il mondo, proveniente da una famiglia per la quale il suono del basso era ed è rimasto un fondamentale segno distintivo (il padre si chiama Barre e credo davvero non abbia bisogno di nessuna presentazione), Dave Phillips è da molti critici rispettosamente presentato come un “bassista per tutte le occasioni," vale a ...

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Keith Pray: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When most people discuss the jazz scene in New York, they're referring to the music that's made in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, but the Empire State stretches far beyond the city that never sleeps and jazz is made in many a locale within. The Capital region, for example, has its own burgeoning jazz scene that's ...

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Keith Pray: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Edward Blanco

When not leading the 17-piece Big Soul Ensemble, the Soul Jazz Revival group or the New Orleans-style Mohawk Brass Band, bandleader, educator and alto saxophonist Keith Pray fronts a hard-swinging quartet performing at venues in Albany and throughout the Capital District of upstate New York. Confluence is his fifth recording as leader, a project he designed ...

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Jon Irabagon: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

arebbe passata molto probabilmente inosservata questa incisione, risalente a quasi cinque anni orsono, perché propone un jazz sì moderno e impeccabilmente suonato, ma tutto sommato simile a molti altri prodotti sfornati dalle nuove generazioni di preparatissimi musicisti che sembrano suonare, immancabilmente, la stessa musica. Sarebbe passata inosservata se non fosse per la presenza del sassofonista Jon Irabagon. Ma chi è ...