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Ben Wendel: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'evoluzione del progetto The Seasons di Ben Wendel trova organica espressione in un nuovo collettivo. La prima realizzazione è avvenuta nel 2015, con dodici duo-performance (pubblicate su YouTube) effettuate con altrettanti partner: Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Ambrose Akinmusire, Julian Lage ecc... Le composizioni sono state arrangiate l'anno successivo per dei concerti in quintetto alla Jazz Gallery ...

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Ben Wendel: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

For many centuries composers have set to music the different seasons each new year has to offer (lately, some show the tendency of disappearing more and more. Seasons, not composers). Baroque composer Vivaldi's very straightforward division in four on “Le Quattro Stagioni" has to be one of the most prominent examples. Saxophonist and composer Ben Wendel ...

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Ben Wendel: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Stepping out as he occasionally does from the genre-mashing ensemble Kneebody, Grammy-nominated saxophonist / bassoonist Ben Wendel takes up the challenge of interpreting the seasons as they exist in this time of climate upheaval and delivers the dynamic, visceral The Seasons. In 2015, inspired by Tchaikovsky's “The Seasons," Wendel set about writing and performing ...

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Manuel Valera Trio: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although Manuel Valera originally staked his claim to fame as a “Latin jazz" pianist, it's fair to say that he has sought to transcend the constraints imposed by that label. On this release, the second by his trio with bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer E.J. Strickland, Valera displays just as much interest in drawing from the ...

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Manuel Valera Trio: The Seasons

Read "The Seasons" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Offering his twelfth recording as a leader, Grammy-nominated pianist Manuel Valera unveils a dynamic session of modern jazz on the vibrant The Seasons and follow up to Live at Firehouse 12 (MAVO Records, 2015). The album also happens to be the second date with his current working trio of jazz luminaries' bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer ...


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