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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Marking his seventh project as a leader, internationally-renowned impressionistic guitarist Hristo Vitchev presents In Search of Wonders, his first double album of original world-tinged modern jazz delivered in the same creatively unique style this guitarist, is known for. One thing remains the same, the music is intellectual, soul-searching, harmonically-rich and thoroughly enchanting. With a double album ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders

Read "In Search of Wonders" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Only in his mid-thirties, Hristo Vitchev has led or co-led eight releases; three previous albums with the core of this quartet. With each outing representing a creative and additive progression that should rightfully place him in the class of guitarist/composers that span skill sets from Jim Hall to Pat Metheny, Vitchev is overdue in finding a ...

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Jovino Santos Neto: Piano Masters Series, Volume 4

Read "Piano Masters Series, Volume 4" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Adventure Music's Piano Masters series is all about balancing consistency and individuality. The consistency connects to the instrument(s) on hand--high-end Fazioli pianos--and the quality of the recordings. The individuality, obviously, comes with the artist whose hands grace the piano. So far, the work of Benjamin Taubkin, Philippe Baden Powell, and Weber Iago has come to light ...

The Arrival of the Modern Guitarist: Marcos Pin and Hristo Vitchev

Read "The Arrival of the Modern Guitarist:  Marcos Pin and Hristo Vitchev" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The first months of 2013 saw the emergence of two fascinating and innovative guitar albums by two very different musicians who, nevertheless, share a strong European sensibility.

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Barbanza

Free Code Jazz Records

2013

Galician guitarist and composer Marcos Pin has undertaken a daring project with Barbanza, his ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Familiar Fields" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The nine original compositions that make up Familiar Fields were conceived by composer/guitarist Hristo Vitchev between the releases of Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds, 2009) and his seven-movement Perperikon Suite (Self Produced, 2011). Vitchev wisely decided that these pieces deserved a home of their own, and that choice is more than validated here. Sharing instrumental ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Familiar Fields" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's a poignant scene in the film Gladiator (DreamWorks/Universal, 2000), where the film's hero, Maximus--played by actor and guitarist, Russell Crowe--flashes back on the lush fields of his far away farm home. There's a longing, a yearning sense in that memorable, moving sequence. Those fields pull at his heart.

With Familiar Fields, his fifth CD ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Familiar Fields" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In an age where there is a constant demand for instant gratification, it takes courage to let musical material develop at a slow pace in order to realize an artistic vision. Nevertheless, this is what Bulgarian-born guitarist Hristo Vitchev has done on his album, Familiar Fields, whose compositions were written in the space between Vitchev's second ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Hristo Vitchev is an impressionistic jazz guitarist and composer; born in Belgium but now residing in San Francisco, he leads several modern jazz formations, from duets to quartets. His debut, Song For Messambria (Orbit Sounds, 2009), received positive reviews internationally, and his studio album with Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Weber Iago, Secrets of An Angel (Orbit Sounds, ...

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Masha Campagne: Like Water, Like Air

Read "Like Water, Like Air" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Moscow-born/San Francisco-based vocalist Masha Campagne's highly anticipated Like Water, Like Air follows her exciting debut, Caminhos Cruzados--Crossroads (Self Produced, 2007), building on a strong foundation of gorgeous Brazilian music. A devotee of the genre, Campagne continues her longtime association with piano master Weber Iago--a guiding force of her first endeavor and co-producer of this date--in crafting ...

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Masha Campagne: Like Water, Like Air

Read "Like Water, Like Air" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Masha Campagne may hail from Moscow and live in San Francisco, but she's a Brazilian at heart. Campagne, who first encountered jazz through her musical grandfather's record collection and performances, left her native land and settled in the Bay Area in the early '90s. She took in all of the aural wonders of the area, ...