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Emma Frank: Come Back

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It takes most artists many years and several tries (accompanied by one mishap or another) to turn the search for momentum within a composition into something elegant in which the understated beauty manifests itself naturally, as if it had always been there. New York-based singer-songwriter Emma Frank already reached that point on her third effort, last ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Dan McCarthy's Epoch and City Abstract on Origin Records

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Canadian vibesman Dan McCarthy has come a long way since the release of his already very accomplished debut album Interwords (self produced) in 2006. Since moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2004, McCarthy has been able to collaborate with some of the city's finest improvisors, such as Steve Swallow or Ben Monder who are also the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

JC Sanford Quartet: Keratoconus

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A bubbling ostinato on trombone to the right. Treble register double-bass lines join in the middle. Muffled electric-guitar riffs imitate the same to the left--the guitar's dry tone seemingly hailing straight from a rustic 1960s Telecaster. Drums start banging ahead relentlessly; not in a constant motion though--they stop and go and stop and go, unsure whether ...

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Ingi Bjarni Skúlason: Tenging

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Icelandic composer and pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason lived in Gotheburg, Copenhagen and Oslo while studying his Masters degree in composition. It is in these European cities where he met and performed with the musicians heard on this record. Jakob Eri Myhre and Merje Kägu join on trumpet and guitar with Daniel Andersson and Tore Ljøkelsøy forming ...

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Tom Pierson: Last Works

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Ominously slow, swinging cymbal stabs guide low left- hand bass lines played on black and white for the menacing opening cut of this double disc set by Japan-based composer and arranger Tom Pierson, curiously titled Last Works. Whimsical improvisations on muted trumpet to the right and right-hand piano runs on the left, bring some ease to ...

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Pokaz Trio: Kintsugi

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A melancholic wistfulness seems to wrap itself around every bar and each note of this trio date by the Ukrainian talents pianist Andrew Pokaz, bassist Vitaliy Fesenko and drummer Yakov Taruntsov. The three virtuosi forming the Pokaz Trio dig deep into the repertoire of Eastern European melodies and rhythms to create seven original pieces that make ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Aki Takase: Thema Prima

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Where does one go after having studied the most important composers in jazz history and dedicated entire albums to them in a 40-year career? The answer lies somewhere between nowhere and everywhere, according to what Japanese pianist / composer Aki Takase presents with her new energetic project JAPANIC on Thema Prima. Whilst the aesthetic and energy ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Emma Frank: Well-Rounded And Quite Frank

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Among today's protagonists, breaking the boundaries between what vocal jazz should and folk or singer-songwriter music can be--Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding or Rebecca Martin come to mind--jny: Boston-born and raised Emma Frank is deservedly making a name for herself. On her last outing Ocean Av (Susan Records, 2018) the singer's songwriting demonstrates the perfect balance between ...

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Celine Rudolph: Pearls

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At some point in their career, most vocalists usually make a choice. They decide which language they prefer singing in and what type of music they want to make. Sometimes these things vary from one album to the next, but in most cases a specific style can be traced on a global level over the entire ...

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David Sanchez: Carib

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Puerto Rican Saxophonist David Sanchez belongs to the most prolific jazz musicians of the past twenty to thirty years. Not that the quality of his output suffers from the frequency of publications. Beyond his own highly praised recordings, he is recognized for his contributions to groups led by the likes of Kenny Barron, Pat Metheny and ...