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Jonathan Saraga Quintet: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When young artists release their first album, it's always tempting to say they “show potential" or “are off to a good start," but those comments tend to be kindly veiled takes on “you get an A for effort, but should have waited a bit longer." Jonathan Saraga need not worry about having such pacifying comments thrown ...

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Jonathan Saraga Quintet: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Jonathan Saraga opens his debut, First Vision with the eleven-and-a-half-minute original, “Guidance," a probing rumination that flares up during his solo. The tune as a whole is a slow burn, but it bursts into high flames as it comes to its conclusion.

The leader has assembled a fine quintet of standard configuration--two horns, a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jonathan Saraga: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Award-winning trumpeter Jonathan Saraga's First Vision, is a skillfully conceived and exquisitely realized debut that brings to mind the edgy, envelope-pushing hard bop of many a Blue Note record in the early 1960s. The modal melodies are artfully orchestrated, allowing each musician the full breadth of his spontaneous creativity without resorting to unfettered clamor. Not a ...